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Registered Nurse Daniela DeFrino has received extensive education and professional experience in her field. Currently, she is seeking to obtain her PhD in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago, where she attends the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Additionally, she has completed a course on grant writing for nurses at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 2005.Daniela DeFrino earned her Master of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she studied in the Family Nurse Practitioner program and wrote a thesis entitled “Exploring Political Activity of Nurse Practitioners.” She also participated in an independent study program as a UIC graduate student. She traveled to Italy, where she observed at a university hospital in Florence and acted as a volunteer nurse for a dialysis clinic and for the Miseracordia di Firenze. While in graduate school, DeFrino also served as a member of the Nurse Practitioner Council for the North Region from 1995 to 1997 and assisted the Vice Chair. Before studying at UIC, Daniela DeFrino attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she appeared on the Dean’s list and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in an accelerated program for degreed students. At Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, DeFrino earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language and Literature. In 1993, Daniela DeFrino began her career as a Staff Nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She acted as the night shift’s Charge Nurse and as a float staffer throughout the hospital and cared for patients on the neurosciences floor. Two years later, Daniela DeFrino accepted a promotion to Assistant Nurse Recruiter, a position in which she represented the hospital at career fairs and took responsibility for recruiting and screening nurses. In 1998, she served as a consultant for Italian health care professionals at the hospital and organized a two-week program of observation and study for Italian nurses and doctors. In addition to her other positions, DeFrino worked as Coordinator of Nursing Development at Northwestern Memorial for five years. She created a nursing orientation program for the hospital, developed continuing educational programs for nurses, led a student nurse assistant program, and ran the Chapman Nurse Scholar Program. Subsequently, she held instructional positions at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Work experience

Coordinator of Nursing Development

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago

led the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) hospital group and the Chapman Nurse Scholar Program

Clinical Nurse Educator in the Education and Research Department

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

College of Nursing Clinical Instructor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Taught a clinical leadership and management course to 20 senior undergraduate students, taking responsibility for grading their practical and written examinations.




Loyola University of Chicago


Northwestern University