About Daniela Defrino

Daniela DeFrino currently attends Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, where she pursues her PhD and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

Prior to returning to school, Daniela DeFrino gained valuable experience in her field by serving in a variety of positions at several institutions. She worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2004 to 2007, where she helped prepare manuscripts for publication, assisted with professors’ literature reviews, and wrote grant proposals. Daniela DeFrino acted as a College of Nursing Clinical Instructor, a role in which she taught a clinical leadership and management course to 20 senior undergraduate students and took responsibility for grading their practical and written examinations. She also taught at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas as a Clinical Nurse Educator in the Education and Research Department. In the course of restructuring the unlicensed assistant personnel course, she taught clinical work, created material for lessons, wrote lectures, and matched objectives of the curriculum to content. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Daniela DeFrino functioned as the Coordinator of Nursing Development, a position in which she led the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) hospital group and the Chapman Nurse Scholar Program. She also created and implemented a monthly professional nursing orientation program.

A prolific author as well as an educator, Daniela DeFrino wrote “A Theory of the Relational Work of Nurses” in 2009, which was published in Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal. The piece delves into the dynamics of nurses’ work and its value, and it explains that in the absence of relational work, nurses experience burnout and patient detachment. Other works that DeFrino wrote include “What Makes NPs Politically Active?” “Nurses Exchange Clinical and Cultural Ideas,” and “Characteristics of Political Activity of Nurse Practitioners in Illinois.” In addition to her writing, Daniela DeFrino has spoken at the Convegno Nazionale Infermieristico at the International Nursing Convention held at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy, in 1998. At the conference, Daniela DeFrino delivered a speech entitled “The American Nursing Experience” in Italian.

When Daniela DeFrino takes time away from her studies, she enjoys gardening, honing her culinary skills, dancing, and running to stay in shape. She also likes to paint, read for relaxation, and stay involved in the local Parent-Teacher Association.

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