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Lydia Albuquerque serves as an Assistant Professor at William Paterson University and a nurse practitioner. Currently, she serves as the President of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA). In this role, Dr. Albuquerque has demonstrated a commitment to public advocacy which is reflected in her allegiance to her roots. As a community mobilizer and organizer, she has led the efforts to broker a coalition between the Trained Nurses Association, and the Association of Nurse Executives in India (ANEI) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with NAINA members, she has sparked the train the trainer Resilient Options program that focused on thankfulness, mindfulness, and resilience with positive outcomes. She championed grassroots fundraising efforts to support humanitarian efforts through her exceptional ability to unify NAINA members and community stakeholders. She serves as a commissioner on the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing.

Dr. Albuquerque makes significant contributions to improving health outcomes among women who are at high risk for heart disease. Her practice and research focus on increasing physical activity using Fitbits, dietary portion control, medication compliance, and improving the quality of life among heart failure patients. She has served in various committees in the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses and is currently the reviewer for the Heart & Lung, The Journal for Cardiopulmonary and Acute Care.

Dr. Albuquerque holds her DNP from William Paterson University, a MS (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) from Rutgers University, a MS Nursing from Leelabai Thackersey , College of Nursing, SNDT Women's University (India) and a BS Nursing from the College of Nursing, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune University (India).


Lydia Albuquerque


Assistant Professor

William Paterson University

New Jersey

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