Cindy M. Ketcham, RN, EdD, MSHE, BSN, NEA-BC, LNCC, HACP, CARN,
is a registered nurse with 30 years’ experience in healthcare. Her experience includes cardiac surgery, emergency nursing, behavioral health, intensive care, general surgery, hospital compliance and accreditation, and correctional health nursing. Dr. Ketcham has held several certifications in correctional medicine including mental health specialist nurse and corrections nurse management. She had been an independent contractor for healthcare since 2015 specializing in training and education. Dr. Ketcham has worked with hospitals in NM educating leadership and staff about stigma in addiction. During her time in correctional medicine, Dr. Ketcham worked extensively with inmates suffering from substance use disorders and helped to implement Medication Assisted Treated (MAT) using buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) at the San Juan County Detention Center in Farmington, NM. Dr. Ketcham holds the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) distinction. She was an invited presenter at the national Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in 2020.
NM Bridge Implementation Team:
As Director of Nursing Education, Dr. Ketcham provides advice related to nursing practice, stigma reduction strategies for emergency department providers and nursing. She is responsible for providing assistance to NM Bridge Implementation project participating hospitals, nursing leadership, and/or nursing champions, as needed, to help guide staff through cultural transitions, while embracing the initiation and continuation of treatment for substance use disorders, and specifically OUD.