Nikki May


College Assistant Professor 
HSS 117

Nikki is a New Mexico native; she grew up in Silver City, NM. She has been a nurse for 22 years, focusing on critical care, program developments, and nursing leadership.
Nikki has been a nursing leader for over 20 years. She received her MSN with a Nurse Executive focus, and her DNP, in Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership. Through her leadership, she has developed successful Cardiology Practices throughout rural southwest New Mexico. She created the first Level III Trauma Center in Dona Ana County, followed by assisting in other achievements in Dona Ana County to include; the development of a Level IV trauma center, Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center, and a Total Joint Program. Her most recent accomplishments were participating in the Covid to Home project during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Covid testing clinics, and providing COVID vaccines for over 20,000 people in her local community. Nikki developed her love for education when she developed the trauma center and became a Trauma Nurse Core Course instructor. Nikki’s teaching philosophy is that the students need to build their clinical assessment skills and disease pathophysiology to enhance critical thinking skills that will allow them to anticipate and implement nursing interventions that have a positive patient outcome.


ADN, Western New Mexico University
MSN-Nurse Executive, Wilkes University
DNP-Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership, University of New Mexico 

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Healthcare Coalition Leadership 2019
  • New Mexico Trauma Champion 2018
  • Healthcare Awards Las Cruces-Innovation Asward-2018
  • Nominated NM Nursing Excellence Award 2017
  • Nominated Top 100 Nurses in Dallas Texas-2013
  • Successful completion of NMHA Quality and Patient Safety Fellowship-2019

Clinical Focus

  • Emergency Room/Trauma
  • Cardiology/Critical Care
  • Quality and Compliance
  • Nursing Leadership

Research Interests

  • Nursing Innovation and Collaboration
  • Nurisng Resilliance
  • Rural Healthcare and Nursing
  • Community Nursing and Wellness
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Nursing Competencies