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Saribel Garcia Quinones


Clinical Assistant Professor

1 212 992 7129

433 First Avenue
Room 427
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Quinones has been in clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care for over 20 years. She has been teaching pediatric nursing in both the undergraduate and graduate programs for 7 years. She is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention and has been an advocate of immunizations, healthy eating and physical activity both in the classroom and in clinical practice. Dr. Quinones specializes in child maltreatment and has worked in child advocacy centers both in New York and in Florida. She is the co-chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Child Maltreatment and Neglect special interest group. Her mission is to help provide every child with a safe and nurturing environment so that they may reach their maximum growth and development.


DNP - Columbia University
MSN - University of Miami
BSN - University of Miami


Primary care
Underserved populations

Professional membership

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners



Child Maltreatment Screening and Anticipatory Guidance: A Description of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Practice Behaviors

Hornor, G., Bretl, D., Chapman, E., Herendeen, P., Mitchel, N., Mulvaney, B., Quinones, S., & VanGraafeiland, B. (2017). Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2017.05.006
Introduction: Given the number of children affected by child maltreatment and the dire consequences that can develop, prompt identification of child maltreatment is crucial. The purpose of this study was to describe pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) practice behaviors related to screening and providing anticipatory guidance for child maltreatment and its psychosocial risk factors. Method: The Risk Assessment Survey was developed for this study by 12 PNPs, all of whom were members of NAPNAP's Child Maltreatment Special Interest Group to ensure face validity; all 12 PNPs were content experts in child maltreatment. The content of the survey was derived from key characteristics from the evidence on child maltreatment. The survey was emailed to the more than 8500 NAPNAP members. Results: Two hundred forty-three PNPs responded to the survey, which represents a response rate of 3%. Approximately half of the participants (n = 121; 51%) stated that they never/rarely ask parents questions about domestic violence, more than one-fourth (n = 71; 30%) reported that they never/rarely ask parents questions about discipline, and half of the responding PNPs (n = 120; 50%) reported that they perform an ano-genital exam at well visits. Discussion: This study demonstrates that a significant number of PNPs do not routinely screen for child maltreatment and psychosocial risk factors. This is especially true in regards to sexual abuse screening and anticipatory guidance.

Corporal Punishment: Evaluation of an Intervention by PNPs

Hornor, G., Bretl, D., Chapman, E., Chiocca, E., Donnell, C., Doughty, K., Houser, S., Marshall, B., Morris, K., & Quinones, S. (2015). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(6), 526-535. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.04.016
Introduction: Corporal punishment (CP) is defined as the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain but not injury for the purpose of correction or control of the child's behavior. CP has been linked to a variety of negative consequences for children, including physical abuse, eternalizing behavioral problems, and slowed cognitive development. Many American children continue to experience CP at the hands of their parents and other caregivers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate learner attitude toward CP before and after implementation of a pediatric nurse practitioner-designed educational intervention and influences upon learner attitude and beliefs about CP. Method: This study used a pre- and postsurvey design to assess learner attitude about CP before and after participation in an educational intervention. Influences upon learner attitudes and beliefs regarding CP were also described. Learners (N = 882) were health care providers. Results: Nearly all learners (n = 747; 84.7%) stated that the way their parents disciplined them influenced their attitudes toward CP. Fewer than one fifth of learners who were also parents (n = 126; 14.4%) reported that their child's health care provider had ever discussed child discipline with them. Prior to the educational intervention, more than one third of learners (n = 351; 39.88%) endorsed spanking as sometimes necessary, yet significantly fewer learners (n = 251; 28.9%; p <001) made this statement after the educational intervention. Child discipline management was included in the health care provider education for fewer than half of learners (n = 365; 41.4%). Discussion: The potential for experiencing CP as a child to result in negative consequences for children has been well documented, yet many American parents continue to use CP as a form of child discipline, and some pediatric health care professionals continue to endorse its use. Pediatric health care providers, including nurses and pediatric nurse practitioners, need to be educated about child discipline and CP. All pediatric health care providers need to advocate for the use of positive parenting principles and discourage the use of CP.

Abusive head trauma

Quinones, S., & Blevins, R. O. (2010). Journal of Forensic Nursing, 6(3), 157-158. 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2010.01081.x

Abusive head trauma: A case study

Quinones, S. (2009). Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 31(4), 277-286. 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181bd785d
Abusive head trauma (AHT) has greater mortality and morbidity than any other form of physical abuse. Therefore, early recognition and accurate diagnosis are essential for comprehensive investigation and appropriate treatment of infants who present with this devastating traumatic injury. Advanced practice nurses need to have a thorough understanding of AHT in order to promptly and accurately assess and manage these infants. Using a case-based approach, the epidemiology, pathophysiology, mechanisms of injury, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of AHT are described. This article also discusses AHT prevention and implications for advanced practice nurses caring for these patients.

HPV vaccination for adolescents. An ethics case study.

Quinones, S. (2009). Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 17(11), 31-32.

Collaborative practice: The critical role of a pediatric nurse practitioner in an early intervention program for children with prenatal drug exposure

Katz, L., Quinones, S., Scott, K., & Wurm, G. (2007). Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 12(2), 123-127. 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2007.00102.x
The University of Miami's early intervention program, incorporating the pediatric nurse practitioner as part of the interdisciplinary team, is an illustration of what Szapocznik, Kurtines, Sansebastian, and Rio (1990) describe as the interplay between theory, research, and practice that can result in important breakthroughs in treatment. The collaborative partners are confident that the unique interdisciplinary partnership between an early intervention provider, pediatric nurse practitioner, and researchers can decrease the risk factors faced by the target families and their children; and that capacity building in this area, by increasing the readiness, interest, knowledge, skills, and resources within a setting or community, can provide primary Healthcare access as part of the array of services and interventions offered. This group of children is the most at-risk for adverse health outcomes due to environmental and social situations. The pediatric nurse practitioner's emphasis on prevention, risk assessment, cultural competence, and coordination of services has played a vital role in the health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention in this group of socially complex and vulnerable children. The relationship that has been developed between the University Pediatric Practice, the pediatric nurse practitioner, and the caregivers has created an increase in compliance, by easing the access to health care for both sick and well visits. This, in turn, has resulted in increasing the percentage of children who are fully immunized and decreasing the frequency of emergency room visits. Providing medical care and case management by a pediatric nurse to hildren in the foster care system can prevent adverse health outcomes and promote optimal health care.