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.
PhD, University of Washington
MSN, University of Washington
BSN, Seattle University
The Permanente Journal, Volunteer - Oakland
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
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
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