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Elizabeth Aquino

  • Associate Director, Master's Entry to Nursing Program; Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • ​PhD, RN​       ​​​
  • School of Nursing
  • (773) 325-4182
  • ​990 W. F​ullerton, room 2302
Specialization and Interests
  • Critical Care
  • Health Disparities
  • Underserved Populations
  • Cardiovascular Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Advanced Nursing Education
  • Nursing Workplace Environments
  • Research Methods: Qualitative research
Awards, Honors, and Training
  • National Ambassador for the American Heart Association Empowered to Serve Campaign 2016-2017
  • American Heart Association 2016 Circle of Service Award
  • Nueva Latina Estrella (New Latina Star) Award, 2015 ​
    • Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader in Illinois Award, sponsored by the Illinois Nurses Association and the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition​, 2015
    • LaRaza Mujere Destacada (Distinguished Woman) Award-Health Category​, 2015
    • Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Sigma Chapter Research Award, 2012
    • Diversifying Faculty of Illinois Fellowship, 2008-2012
    • Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Education Scholarship, 2007-2013
    • Dorothy Camilleri Leadership in Minority Health Scholarship, 2007
    • Bridges to the Doctorate for Minority Nursing Students, 2006-2007
    Funded Grants
    • DePaul-RFUMS Research Pilot Grant. Biomarkers of Wound Healing in Chronic Diabetic Patients. 2016
    • Provost's Collaborative Research Grant, 2015
    • Summer Research and Faculty Development Research Grant​, 2015
    • Lee, Y. (PI) & Florez, E. (Program Director). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Grant Round Five, 2012-2013.
    DePaul Affiliations
      • DePaul Women’s Network (DWN)
      • Latinos Empowered at DePaul (LEAD): Faculty Co-Chair​
      • President’s Diversity Council, Member​
      • School of Nursing Course Coordinator Committee, Chair​
      • School of Nursing Scholarship Committee, Chair​
      • School of Nursing Community Engagement Coordinator
      • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, DePaul SON Zeta Sigma Chapter, Treasurer​
      Professional Affiliations
      • American Heart Association, Diversity Leadership Committee, Go Red for Women Ambassador Committee, and Multicultural Leadership Committee​
      • Catholic Charities for Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Advisors, Latino Advisory Committee and Health Council​
      • Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association, President-Elect​
      • National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Education Committee Member​
      • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
      • Midwest Nursing Research Society
      Select Publications

      Ian, C., Florez, E., & Lee, Y.M. (2016). Registered nurses' experiences with caring for non-English speaking patients. Applied Nursing Research, 30, 257-260. DOI:​

      Larimer, K., Durmus, J., & Florez, E. (2015). Experiences of young adults with pacemakers and/or ICDs. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. DOI:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000280

      Lee, Y.M., Florez, E., Tariman, J., McCarter, S., Riesche, L. (2015). Factors related to sexual behaviors and sexual education programs for Asian-American adolescents. Applied Nursing Research, 28(3), 222-228. DOI:10.1016/j.apnr.2015.04.015​

      Lee, Y.M. Florez, E., Holm, K., Horwitz, J., & Water, R. (2015). Latino adolescent perspectives towards sexually transmitted infection educational programs. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge. Published Online: January 30, 2015. DOI: 10.1111/2047-3095.12074.​

      Florez, E., Zerwic, J., Sangoleye, F. (2013). Addressing health disparities through healthcare workforce diversity. Connections, 11(3), 17.​

      Lee, Y.M., Dancy, B, Florez, E., & Holm, K. (2013). Factors related to sexual practices and successful sexually transmitted infection/HIV intervention programs for Latino adolescents. Public Health Nursing, 30(5), 390-401.​

      Lee, Y.M., Holm, K., Florez, E., Glauser, M., & Haswell, E. (2013) The DNP Degree:
      Knowledge and Perceptions of Students in an Accelerated Master’s Program in
      Nursing. Open Journal of Nursing, 3(1), 138-146.