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Nursing at Shannon

Welcome to Shannon Medical Center (SMC). My name is Becky Fuentes, DNP, RN, NE-BC, and I am privileged to be the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for SMC I have a long nursing career in direct patient care, and healthcare leadership and have served in the CNO role since January 2022, prior to that I served many years as the Associate CNO. I started my career as a graduated nurse here at Shannon in 1992.

My deep respect for nurses and my commitment to excellence in nursing practice fuels me every single day. I work to understand the challenges of the internal and external healthcare environment and the impact on nursing practice as well as the experiences and capacity of nurses and nursing teams. My goal is to create the best place for exemplary nursing practice, to optimize the contribution of nurses in the delivery of care, and to create the best places for nurses to work. It is quite a joy to be here. Shannon Medical Center is a place where our nurses and staff call home; we are family.

As the CNO, I believe in Servant Leadership. The Nurse Directors and I support our nursing staff in a way that allows them to take excellent care of our patients. We support Shared Governance and believe all nurses should have a voice in their clinical practice. Our nurses take pride in the care they deliver and it shows by having excellent quality and service outcomes. Our nurses are highly skilled in their specialties with many who have received additional degrees and certifications. As your leader, I have a passion for nursing and love working with nurses who have the same passion. We welcome nurses who love their profession and want to make a difference.

Becky Fuentes, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNO

Nurse Residency Program

Congratulations on beginning your exciting new career as a Registered Nurse! Shannon is excited to offer the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ which effectively supports newly licensed nurses as they transition into their first professional roles. We are SO glad that you are here!

Shannon’s Nurse Residency Program is designed for new graduate nurses with less than six months of experience, independent of the hiring unit. This Nurse Residency Program is a one (1) year program designed as monthly 4-hour seminar sessions where you will hear from some of our top leaders across the organization and collaborate on an evidence-based practice project pertinent to your unit and/or Shannon. Built on an evidence-based curriculum developed by experts locally, from academic medical centers and nursing schools across the country, the program focuses on four critical areas, which include leadership, quality outcomes, scholarship for nursing practice, and the professional nursing role.

We are excited that you are considering becoming a part of our Shannon team. Our team members demonstrate an unwavering commitment to our patients and the mission, vision, and values of Shannon. As you begin your journey as a newly licensed nurse, please let us know how we can be of assistance to ensure that you have nothing less than an excellent educational and professional experience.

For questions please contact:

Cameron Wilson, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, EBP-C

Benefits of the Program

Benefits of the program

  • Transition from entry-level, advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse
  • Guidance from dedicated, trained preceptors
  • Mentored clinical relationships with resident facilitators
  • Structured educational experiences designed to develop clinical reasoning and competence in clinical nursing practice
  • Support and professional networking
  • Membership in a supportive cohort that allows for professional growth in a safe, protected environment
  • The opportunity to gain experience in clinical practice in an environment committed to learning
  • Strengthen your commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Incorporate research-based evidence into your practice
  • Formulate an individual career development plan
  • Improve morale and reduce stress

Nurse Talks

Let’s Get Together at Nurse Talks!

You are in the midst of making your preparations to graduate. You might have even begun your job search and dusted off your resume/CV. Are you nervous? Definitely! Do you have a million questions that you want answered? Sure! Are these feeling normal? Absolutely!

Now picture a relaxed environment where you are free to speak candidly and ask all of your questions. Imagine what would happen if you had the opportunity to meet with a Shannon nurse in a casual setting and hear their stories, listen to their shared wisdom and guidance before you begin your journey from a nursing student to a professional nursing role. Shannon wants to help make this transition a smooth reality!

Shannon’s Nurse Talk Series is designed to bring student nurses together with Shannon’s nurse leaders in an intimate environment, setting the stage for conversations that inform, inspire and ultimately benefit the student nurse.

Shannon’s Nurse Talk sessions are designed as three, one-hour, in-person facilitated discussions by Shannon’s Graduate Nurse Residency Program Coordinator. These open forums are followed by a Q&A. All are welcome!

We are excited that you are considering joining our team. As you begin your nursing journey, please let us know how we can be of assistance to ensure that you have nothing less than a smooth experience. We look forward to having you join our Shannon Nurse Talk Series!

For questions please contact:

Cameron Wilson, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, EBP-C

Shared Governance

Shared Governance is a professional practice model that empowers nurses, and others in patient care, by giving them a voice in decision-making processes that affect their practice and the care they provide to their customers.

The 4 Principles of Shannon’s Shared Governance committee include:

  • Partnership
  • Ownership
  • Accountability
  • Equity

Why join Shannon’s Shared Governance committee? Shared Governance leads to:

  • Empowered Nurses
  • Improved Nurse Satisfaction
  • Increase Nurse Retention
  • Improved Patient Care and Safety Conditions
  • Improved Patient Satisfaction
  • Engagement Among Members and other Team Members

We are very interested in your feedback. Please contact or for additional questions.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Let’s enhance the quality of healthcare together.

Shannon’s Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) Program is here to help you choose the course that will move your career forward. Our goal is to provide evidence-based practice ongoing professional learning opportunities for all nursing professionals, assisting you in providing exceptional healthcare for our family, friends and neighbors.


The Provider Unit is guided by the organization’s strategic focus areas of quality, service, people, growth and mission by providing NCPD education courses to increase nursing professional development of the registered nurses in the organization.


Shannon Medical Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by New Mexico Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Let’s discover and deliver together.

Our courses are planned and provided by content experts and team members in our organization, as well as other experts in healthcare, innovation, wellness, and mental health. The program includes conferences, courses and online learning education nursing professionals in our local and regional areas.

We are very interested in your feedback. Please contact with any suggestions for future courses or programs.

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