Beaches resident named Advocate of the Year

By American Association of Colleges of Nursing

A Beaches resident and director of the School of Nursing Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, Dr. Lillia Loriz was selected as “Advocate of the Year” by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She was selected for her advocacy efforts and advancing academic nursing at the federal level.
Loriz is recognized 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 has also volunteered for more than 10 years as a nurse practitioner at UNF's Student Health Services.
Loriz is also 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.