Press Release for Wednesday, March 20, 2019
UNF School of Nursing Director Named ‘Advocate of the Year’
Media Contact: Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist
Department of Public Relations
Dr. Lillia Loriz, director of the
School of Nursing Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, was
selected as “Advocate of the Year” by the American Association of Colleges of
Nursing for her advocacy efforts and advancing academic nursing at the federal
Loriz, a Beaches resident, will
meet with Florida legislators and be honored during the AACN’s Capitol Hill Day
Reception Monday, March 25, in Washington D.C.
The AACN is recognizing Loriz for
her steadfast advocacy for nursing students and the profession by being a State
Grassroots Liaison, attending biannual Capitol Hill visits, encouraging her UNF
students to participate in AACN’s Student Policy Summit and maintaining a
strong rapport with federal legislators.
Loriz has been at UNF since 1996,
where she began as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing. She has
served as director of the School of Nursing since 2003. She also volunteered
for over 10 years as a nurse practitioner at UNF’s Student Health Services.
Under Loriz’s direction, the UNF
School of Nursing was the first UNF program to receive a Flagship designation
in 2005. This prestigious recognition demonstrates the significant impact the
school has within the community and profession.
While at UNF, Loriz helped the
nursing program to flourish by developing and implementing the Clinical Nurse
Specialist and Clinical Nurse Leader tracks within the Master of Science in
Nursing program, the Nurse Anesthetist program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice
program as well as the online RN-BSN.
She is an active member of numerous
professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, Florida
Nurses Association, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties,
National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau and
the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
She has received numerous honors
and awards, including the Jacksonville Hispanic Leadership Award, Wharton
Executive Leadership Fellow, Jacksonville Health Care Heroes Award, Great 100
Nurses in Florida Award and the Distinguished Director of the Year.
Loriz earned her Doctor of
Philosophy in Nursing from George Mason University and her Master of Science in
Nursing from Marymount University. She received her bachelor’s degree in
nursing from Georgetown University.
The AACN proudly serves as the
leading national voice on behalf of academic nursing and continues to advance
health care and higher education through an academic nursing lens.
UNF, a nationally ranked
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who
are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their
own futures through a well-rounded education.