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Presbyterian Nurse Receives National Recognition

October 3, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ charge nurse and clinical practice leader, Melissa Gabaldon, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, was one of only five nurses nationwide to receive the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2014.

Recipients of this award teach a substantial amount of courses ranging from introduction to advanced level classes. Additionally, the recipients attend many speaking engagements to inform hospitals across the country about the importance of fetal heart monitoring for women and newborns.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses,” said Gabaldon. “I chose to become an instructor in 2005 because I believed in the importance of fetal heart rate monitoring. I have worked in labor and delivery for nearly 14 years and am committed to teaching others how to help mothers and their newborns have a healthy start.”


The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care. AWHONN strives to represent the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women's health, obstetric and neonatal nursing nationwide.

AWHONN's 24,000 members worldwide are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. A leader in professional development, AWHONN holds the distinction of receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) three times.

Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the association became a separate nonprofit organization called the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in 1993.



About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian has eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 10,000 employees.

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