In the Neighborhood: Lillia M. Loriz

By: Thomas Myslinksi

Lillia_LorizDr. Lillia M. Loriz is the director of the school of nursing, a professor, and also maintains part-time practice at the Student Health Services. Her expertise is in Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, HIV, and Chronic Illness. She received her MSN in Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Marymount University and her PhD in Nursing Administration from George Mason University. I was given the opportunity to interview her and talk with her a little bit on some topics.

Q) Online it said that a big hobby of yours is cave diving, where do you like to cave dive and what is your favorite place to go cave diving?

A) She likes to dive here in Florida in the aquifers. Dr. Loriz and her husband initially got into cave diving after both of them already were divers and they heard about cave diving wanting to give it a shot. Her husband is now a cave diving instructor. Her favorite place to dive is in Mexico because, “…just the caves have a lot of formations and most of them look like snow.”

Q) What made you get into nursing?

A) “As a child I always wanted to help people.” She had a huge interest in medicine but early on she came to the realization that nursing was a lot different than medicine in the sense that you deal with the individual more than the disease. As she moved further along in her field she learned that her job is to help people live with the diseases instead of fixing the chronic diseases. The medial part of it nursing is prescribing somebody, who has diabetes with a diabetic pill but she likes helping people adapt to their new lifestyle and learning how to live with this disease.

Q) Since her job has kept her very busy she has hopes of one day doing research what motivates people to cave dive or hikes.

A) She said it has nothing to do with nursing but all about her interests. Since there are a lot of injury that happens while doing these activities she was wondering what exactly causes these injury’s and what could be done to prevent some of them.

Q) What would you say is the most common way nutrition arises in your field and what is the most common nutrition related problem?

A) “I think that nutrition and nursing are very interrelated.” She went on to say that nurses have a good understanding of basic nutrition and what it means to make good decisions while eating and living a healthy lifestyle but when it comes to micronutrients and stuff like that she said that is when a dietician would come into play and take over. Diabetes is the sequel of Obesity, she said. She went on to talk about how much it has changed in the sense that when she was starting her nursing career that she never saw kids with Type 2 Diabetes and now it is common to see that. There are a lot of things that lead to this, video games, more advanced technology, and “big macs” and a lot more fast food.

Q) What micronutrients do you find your patients are most deficient in?

A) Her answer was very simple, Vitamin D and B-12 Vitamins. She went on to say that the most common thought about Vitamin D right now is that because of more people wearing sunblock now more than ever this means we are blocking the Vitamin D from the sun. Also, the B-12 Vitamins could be a big reason behind some of the new degenerative disorders lately (multiple sclerosis, ALS)


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