Matos-Ríos receives nurse practitioner association’s State Award for Excellence
By The Star Staff
In recognition of her contribution as an advocate on behalf of nurse practitioners and their patients, Dr. Angélica Yilda Matos-Ríos is being honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as the 2022 recipient of the 2022 AANP State Award for Excellence as an advocate in San Juan and Orlando, Fla.
Matos-Ríos is a retired full professor from the School of Nursing at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras, where she worked for over 30 years.
Her career started in the early 1970s as a registered nurse who chose to work in the Pediatric Department at University Hospital on the Puerto Rico Medical Center campus, recognizing her interest and concern for children and adolescents in a tertiary setting. She taught nursing very early on after earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree that led her to teach at the licensed practical nurse level.
Later, while earning a master of science in nursing degree, Matos-Ríos worked as an instructor at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus and School of Nursing in 1981.
Matos-Ríos went on to study at Louisiana State University (LSU) in New Orleans, where she earned a doctorate in nursing science in 1995. She completed the clinical specialty of parent child health with the roles in consultation and counseling. Matos-Ríos’ doctoral dissertation studied the “Phenomena of Loneliness and Intimacy of Friendship in Pregnant and Non Pregnant Adolescents.” She taught associate’s degree in nursing students at LSU in Eunice, La. in 1995, and worked for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, where she says she deepened her holistic knowledge with respect to mental health issues and working and learning “with our souls” with a very young population that is already in treatment for mental disturbances.
Matos-Ríos acknowledges and takes the opportunity to thank the people of the UPR Medical Sciences Campus, School of Nursing, and other schools who gave her the opportunity to study and work in a very well recognized and prestigious institution, when the director of the graduate program was actively recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of nurse practitioners. She also thanks the AANP and its state representative Dr. Carmen Teresa López-Rodríguez, a pioneering and accomplished nurse practitioner who gave her the opportunity to be honored.
Matos-Ríos is the daughter of the late Effie Ríos and Raymond Matos of Bayamón, where her sister Marilu resides.