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Meet advisory board member Martha Gunther Enriquez, RN


Martha Gunther Enriquez, RN, MS, is CNO and vice president of patient care services at Salem (Ore.) Health.

She earned a BSN, MS in nursing and a neonatal nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Enriquez also completed a student-nursing PhD program and the Arizona Executive Program at UA-Tucson. In 2004, she participated in the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program for Nurse Executives in Philadelphia. She also received a certificate from the Western Network Institute for Nurse Executives in Berkeley, Calif.

Enriquez’s career has included many roles, such as neonatal nurse practitioner, maternal-child instructor, nursing care coordinator and executive director of women and infant services. She has worked for the University Hospital Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, the Peace Corps, UA-Tucson, Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif., and University Medical Center in Tucson. She also spent seven years as an assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco’s School of Nursing.

Since the 1980s, she has earned more than a dozen nursing honors and awards. Her most recent awards include being named a Women on the Move Recipient for Tucson YWCA in 2004, a March of Dimes Arizona Leadership Award finalist in 2004, the Distinguished Nurse of the Year for Arizona, March of Dimes in 2005 and Most Inspirational Nurse Mentor Award, Tucson, in 2010.

Enriquez is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, American Nurses Association, Arizona Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives.

She also has a variety of professional experience, such as serving as California delegate for the ANA; president of the AzNA Board, Chapter 2; president of the UA College of Nursing Alumni Council Board; grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health Services, Washington, D.C., for Rural Health Multidisciplinary Education and Training Grants; chairwoman of Tucson’s Nurses Week Foundation Board; participant in the Chief Nurse Officer Steering Committee of the University Hospital Consortium; president of the Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives; participant on the Governor’s Task Force on Nursing Shortage for Arizona; and chairwoman of the Campaign for Caring Chair Leadership Circle at Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.

She has authored three textbooks — “Maternity Nursing: Dimensions of Change,” “Comprehensive Maternity Nursing: Perinatal and Women’s Health, Second Edition,” and the third edition of “Comprehensive Maternity Nursing,” which is in progress. She also has published four book chapters, seven items in other publications and an instructional media program.

“Nursing and nurses inspire me each and every day,” Enriquez said. “I see the difference they make in everything they do. They are unsung heroes and heroines of the health profession. Nurses never underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring and kindness. They truly are part of a noble and proud profession.”


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