Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Cindy is a native New Mexican. She began her career in neonatology in 1974, as an RN in the first NICU in New
Mexico, which was located at University Hospital. She subsequently attended the University of Arizona in 1977
and became one of the first fifteen Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP) graduates in the country. Cindy returned
to the University of New Mexico and was a founding member of the New Mexico Newborn Transport Team
where she served as the director of the program for several years. She then moved to San Francisco for three
years where she worked as an NNP in a busy level III nursery. She missed New Mexico however and came home
to the Land of Enchantment and UNM. The field of Neonatology was rapidly developing during these early
years, and Cindy was privileged to serve in many capacities, including Nurse Educator, Director of Outreach
Education, and Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Services. Her first love, however, is working directly
with high risk and well newborns and their families. Her particular areas of interest and expertise are in
delivery room management and stabilization of the sick newborn, thermoregulation, developmentally
supportive care and nutrition of the low birth weight infant. She is a member of the American Academy of
Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Medicine. Cindy retired from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics in 2011, and since that time has enjoyed working as an NNP at Los Alamos Medical
Center. In her downtime Cindy enjoys painting and spending time with her husband and four dogs.