Ruby Martinez, PhD, RN, was recently awarded the 2020 Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Each year, at the national conference (virtual this year) NAHN recognizes one member as (Latino Legacy) who has contributed to the nursing profession with commitment to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Although these Latino Legacies have typically stepped down from the positions through which they made their legendary contributions, their work through NAHN continues to have a positive, ongoing impact on the profession and our communities.
Ruby Martinez was nominated for this prestigious award by the Denver Chapter of NAHN. Ruby started her career in psychiatric nursing at the CO Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, as a staff nurse, Nurse Manager, and Nurse Administrator. Ruby is retired faculty from the University of CO College of Nursing where she taught graduate and undergraduate psychiatric nursing, and conducted research on runaway teens. Ruby later worked at Denver Health as the Nurse Manager of the Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry Units. She is a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing and has practiced part time over the past 5 years at AllHealth Network- Castle Rock.