Nursing Director at the University of Florida Honored as the ‘Advocate of the Year’

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing crowned Dr. Lillia Loriz as the “Advocate of the Year” who is currently a director at the University of North Florida for her continuous efforts and advancement of nursing at a federal level.

Loriz resides at the Beaches and will be meeting the legislators from Florida in order to be honored on 25th March, Monday at the Capitol Hill Day Reception of AACN to be held in Washington.

AACN is basically appreciating Ms. Loriz for her unmatched advocacy for the students of nursing.

Loriz has been working at UNF since the beginning of 1996. She started with the Department of Nursing as an assistant professor and later became the director in 2003. Loriz further volunteered at the Student Health Services of UNF for more than 10 years.

UNF for the first time received a Flagship designation under Loriz’s direction in 2005. This esteemed recognition shows the amount of significant impact that the school has over the community.

During her time at the UNF, Dr. Loriz Assissted in the flourishment of the nursing program by creating and actually implementing the Clinical Nurse Leader and Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks in Master’s study of Nursing Program, and the Ph.D. study of Nursing Practice Program and also the online RN-BSN.

Loriz is also a part of many organizations including the Sigma Theta Tau, the Florida Nurses Association, and many others.

She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including Great 100 Nurses in Florida, the Jacksonville Hispanic Leadership Award, the Distinguished Director of the Year and many others.

Loriz graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in nursing and continued her master’s from Marymount University. She further completed her doctorate from George Mason University.