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Delilah Bruskas

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Delilah Bruskas received her PhD in Nursing at the University of Washington in December 2012. She is a Part-time (Contributing) nursing faculty in the MSN program for the College of Nursing at Walden University since May 2021. Dr. Bruskas has been a nursing instructor in other college and University settings and a registered nurse since 1995. Today, she uses her personal experiences in the foster care system and her role as a nurse, nursing instructor, and a Legal Nurse Consultant to be a voice for vulnerable children. She has been qualified to testify and work as an expert witness with an area of expertise in the developmental health and well-being of vulnerable children, children in the social setting of the foster care system. Dr. Bruskas has several publications in medical, nursing, and social work journals. Over the years, she has had multiple opportunities to present her advocacy and published work in the legal and community-based settings as well as in the healthcare environment.

Education

PhD, University of Washington - Seattle, WA United States

MSN, University of Washington - Tacoma, WA United States

BSN, Seattle University - Seattle, WA United States

Public Service

The Permanente Journal, Volunteer - Oakland, CA United States

Awards / Honors

University of Washington 2011 Tacoma Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Washington-Tacoma, 2011

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Nursing Fellowship from the University of Washington, School of Nursing, United States Department of Education, 2010

Publications

Bruskas, D. (2013). Adverse Childhood Experiences and Psychosocial Well-Being of Women Who Were in Foster Care as Children. The Permanente Journal.

Bruskas, D. (2010). Developmental health of infants and children subsequent to foster care.. Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc.

Jackson, L. J., White, C. R., O'Brien, K., DiLorenzo, P., Cathcart, E., Wolf, M. R., Bruskas, D., Pecora, P. J., Nix-Early, V., Cabrera, J. (2010). Exploring spirituality among youth in foster care: findings from the Casey Field Office Mental Health Study.. Child & family social work.

Bruskas, D. (2008). Children in foster care: a vulnerable population at risk.. Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc.

Presentations

Bruskas, D. (2019). University of Washington-Tacoma, Master of Nursing (MN).

Bruskas, D., Smith, T. G. (2019). University of Washington-Tacoma: Master of Nursing (MN).

Bruskas, D. (2018). Above All, Do No Harm: Trauma Informed Care . Washington State Office of Public Defense’s (OPD) Parents Representation Program (OPD).

Bruskas, D. (2015). Foster Care Children and Trauma-Informed Care. University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education.

Bruskas, D. (2014). Trauma Informed Care. Childhaven.

Bruskas, D. (2013). 2013 Reasonable Efforts Symposium, Best Practices in Dependency: Survivor-Rising Above Trauma. University of Washington Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA).

Bruskas, D. (2012). Resilience after Foster Care, Navigating Trauma: 15th Annual Reasonable Efforts Symposium, Best Practices in Dependency: Region 3. University of Washington Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA).

Bruskas, D. (2011). University of Washington: Partnerships in Community Health . University of Washington.

Bruskas, D. (2010). University of Washington, Partnerships in Community Health NCLIN 409. University of Washington, School of Nursing.

Bruskas, D. (2009). Foster Care Children: A Vulnerable Population at Risk. International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) and the Social Justice and Social Change Research Center, University of Western Sydney.

Bruskas, D. (2009). Nursing and Health Care Systems-TNURS 412. University of Washington-Tacoma, School of Nursing .

Bruskas, D. (2009). Shared Child Welfare Decision Making, Partnering with Families and Children: Integrating Foster Youth in Decision-Making. Capital University Law School, National Center for Adoption and Policy.

Bruskas, D., Roller White, C. (2008). Mental Health and Suicidality among Adolescents in Foster Care: Findings from the Casey Field Office Mental Health Study.

Bruskas, D. (2008). Graduate New Student Orientation. University of Washington-Tacoma.

Bruskas, D. (2008). Foster Care Children: A Vulnerable Population at Risk. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Bruskas, D., Havalchak, A. (2007). Mental Health Among Youth in Foster Care. Foster Parent Alliance of Washington State.