ALBUQUERQUE – Lovelace Health System has named Melissa Owens, BSN, CRRN, as the chief nursing officer (CNO) of Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital (LURH), effective October 3.
Melissa has been with LURH for eight years, serving as nurse manager for the past four years. She has been instrumental in nurse recruitment and retention efforts while overseeing a team of 75+ RNs, LPNs, patient care technicians and unit clerks. Working closely with the former CNO and Quality team, she has also assisted in multiple Quality Improvement Plans and helped develop robust interdisciplinary programs.
Melissa completed her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at New Mexico Highland University and is currently pursuing her master of science in nursing (MSN) from Chamberlain University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, New Mexico Nurses Association and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.