College of Science and Health > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Elizabeth Florez
Dr. Aquino's clinical nursing background is in critical care, specifically surgical-trauma intensive care nursing. She completed a bachelor's degree in psychology and biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Science in Generalist Nursing (MENP Program) from DePaul University, and a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing. Through her nursing background, advocacy, research, and community service, Dr. Aquino responds to structural and social determinants of health to advance health equity. Dr. Aquino has demonstrated her deep commitment to helping others through her volunteerism and community service with various non-profit organizations where she shares her expertise. She has promoted a vision of healthcare advancement regionally and nationally by serving as a leading voice for nurses on local and national boards, advocating for the nursing profession, and promoting access to services in under-resourced communities. Dr. Aquino is the current President of the American Nurses Association-Illinois, the professional association that represents the interests of Illinis' 190,000+ registered nurses. She served as the Treasurer for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Past-President of the NAHN-Illinois Chapter. NAHN focuses on supporting, mentoring, and increasing the pipeline of Latinx nurses; and advancing the health in Latinx communities.
Specialization and Interests
Recent Awards and Recognitions
2021 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education 2021 Emerging Scholar2021 Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership Training Academy 2020 Appointed to CDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Scientific Advisory Committee2019 Designated 1 of 5 Hispanic Nurse Trailblazers Everyone Should Know2019 Negocios Now 2019 Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago Health Care2018 UIC Power of Nursing Leadership Pinnacle Leader Award2018 DePaul Women's Network Women of Spirit and Action Honoree2018 UIC UHP 40th Anniversary Distinguished Honoree2018 Janie Menchaca Wilson Leadership Award, NAHN2017 Multicultural Initiatives Heart Beat Award, American Heart Association2017 Top 40 Under 40 Nursing Award-National Association of Hispanic Nurses2016 Top 10 National Ambassador for AHA EmPOWERED to Serve2016 American Heart Association Circle of Service Award2015 Nueva Latina Estrella Award-Health Category2015 Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders in Illinois Award2015 LaRaza Mujere Destacada Award-Health Category
Professional Affiliations Alivio Medical Center, Board of Director American Heart Association-Empowered to Serve Ambassador American Nurses Association-Illinois, President Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Advisors and Health Council co-founder Edward-Elmhurst Health System, Board of Trustee and Quality Committee Chair Illinois Organization for Nurse Leaders, Member
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)-Past-Treasurer; NAHN-IIlinois-Past President National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association, Past Board of Director Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Member; Zeta Sigma Chapter, Past-Treasurer Recent Publications **Doctoral Student, *Masters Student
Cuellar, N., Aquino, E., Dawson, M. J., Im, E.-O., Jurado, L.-F. M., Lee, Y. S., Little John, S., Tom-Orme, L., & Toney, D. A. (2020). Culturally congruent health care of COVID-19 in minorities in the United States: A clinical practice paper from the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 31(5), 434–443.
**Guardi, J., Aquino, E., Larimer, K., Bishop-Royse, J. & Simonovich, S. (2020). Lack of diagnosis and screening for pediatric obesity in the retail health setting: Implications for quality improvement measures. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(3), 222-229. Amer, K., Aquino, E., Handrup J., Larimer, K., Lee, Y.M., Morales, M., & Simonovich, S. (2019). Integration of a community-based engagement model of service learning in a master's entry nursing program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(10), 107-111. Lee, Y.M., *Mondragón, E., Jeong, Y.M., Lee, H.H., Aquino, E., & Shim, K. (2019). Exploring the need of HPV education programs in Korean American communities. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 36(1), 19-30. Cuellar, N., Aquino, E., Cruet, S., Grau, G., Gularte-Rinaldo, J., Martinez, G. & Vital, V. (2018). Increasing awareness of the All of Us research program in Latino communities. Hispanic Health Care International, 16(4), 168-173. Aquino, E., Lee, Y.M., *Spawn, N. & Bishop-Royse, J. (2018). The impact of burnout on doctorate nursing faculty's intent to leave their academic position: A descriptive survey research design. Nurse Education Today, 69, 35-40. **Gibney, C., Lee, Y.M., Feczko, J., & Florez, E. (2017). A needs assessment for the development of the TIME anesthesia handoff tool. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal, 85(6), 431-437.*Ian, C., Florez, E., & Lee, Y.M. (2016). Registered nurses' experiences with caring for non-English speaking patients. Applied Nursing Research, 30, 257-260. Larimer, K., *Durmus, J., & Florez, E. (2016). Experiences of young adults with pacemakers and/or ICDs. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 31(6), 517-522. Lee, Y.M. Florez, E., Holm, K.,* Horwitz, J., & *Waters, R. (2016). Latino adolescent perspectives towards sexually transmitted infection educational programs. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge. 27(1), 17-23.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.