401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
Education: 1988 University of Massachusetts, B.S.
2017 Rush University, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Families and Communities
Contemporary Issues in Nursing
Knowledge Generation and Valiation
Career Specialties: Elizabeth Arruda's career specialties include nursing care of the older adult, nursing research, end of life issues, nursing ethics, legal implications of nursing practice, dementia and caregiving.
Professional and Community Activities: Arruda's research is focused on the emotional health needs of dementia caregivers. She completed a pilot feasibility study exploring the bereavement experiences of dementia caregivers following family member death in long-term care utilizing internet-based video conference. She is actively recruiting subjects for a grounded theory study that will further explore bereavement in dementia caregivers.
She recently published an integrative review of dementia caregiver grief and bereavement in the Western Journal of Nursing Research (2016). She has also published in Nursing Management on the use of nursing theory in nursing administration (2005).
She actively participates in providing meals to those in need in St. Petersburg and volunteers for NOMAD studio, which brings mobile art to under-served children in the Tampa Bay area.
Honors and Awards: Member Sigma Theta Tau (International Nursing Honor Society)
Midwest Nursing Research Society Board of Directors (2013-2015)
The Gerontological Society of America Emerging Scholar
Certified Medical Surgical Nurse