Wendy Howerton, BSN, RN, CRRN, Named to AHC’s Nurses to Watch

Wendy Howerton, BSN, RN, CRRN, a nurse at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque, was recently named in American Health Council’s (AHC) list of “Nurses to Watch”. Each year, the AHC lists the top 100 nurses in each state.

Howerton graduated from Central New Mexico Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing and subsequently received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of New Mexico. She graduated a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and went on to earn national certification in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN).  Howerton worked more than five years in the field of rehabilitation nursing in a staff nurse position, a year in management and additionally worked as the Patient Assessment Standards Coordinator.

Previously, Howerton served as a volunteer with the New Mexico Board of Nursing on a Regional Advisory Committee for the Diversion Program, which works with licensed medical professionals who have had their license to practice suspended due to trouble with alcohol and substance use abuse issues. Howerton lost her brother to suicide and finds working with this population rewarding. She feels that it is an opportunity to be in a position of maximum benefit to another human being.

The American Health Council’s “Nurses to Watch” are truly a cut above the rest. From small town clinics to major metropolitan medical centers, these nurses and educators exhibit the qualities that define the benchmark for their specialty. Their steadfast determination ensures efficient and quality patient care, as well as safety.  To view the “Nurses to Watch”, visit https://bestinnursing.org/nurses-to-watch/.