Biography

 

Armiel Suriaga is an assistant professor at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. He has more than two decades of nursing experience in rehabilitation nursing, long-term care with focus on Minimum Data Set and Medicare reimbursement, clinical and nursing education. He worked as Resident Assessment Director at Nu Vista Living in Wellington. He also taught NCLEX-RN in one review center in the Philippines.

Armiel graduated as high school class valedictorian, and he pursued his nursing education through scholarships. In 1992, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors at West Visayas State University, a top performing nursing school in the Philippines. He completed his MSN at Walden University, major in Nursing Informatics in 2014, and a Ph.D. in Nursing at Florida Atlantic University in 2021.

He was selected as one of the top six nurse faculty scholars by Johnson & Johnson-American Association of the Colleges of Nursing for 2018-2019. In 2018, he received a Distinguished Alumni award for Nursing Excellence from West Visayas State University and the Outstanding Alumni award for Nursing Service from Iloilo Science and Technology University. He was also inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Armiel is the president of Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing, IOTA XI at-large chapter, and chair of the Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) Nursing Special Interest Group (SIG). Among his self-care approaches are traveling, going to the gym, reading and gardening.

Teaching

Examples of Courses Taught Throughout His Teaching Career

  • NUR 4165 Nursing Research
  • NUR 4125 General Pathophysiology
  • NUR 3145 Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NUR 3119C Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • NUR 3262L Chronic Care Nursing Situations of Adult Population
  • NUR 4716L Acute Care Nursing Situations of Adult Population
  • NUR 4764L Complex Care Nursing Situations of Adult Population
  • NUR 4829L Nursing Practice Immersion
  • NGR 7945 L/C DNP Capstone Project
  • SLS Learning Strategy of Human Development
  • SLS Student Success Special Topics

Other Courses:

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Didactic
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition for Nurses
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Didactic
  • Gero-Mental Health Nursing Didactic

Grants Awarded

  • Suriaga, A. (2021). A statewide analysis of synthetic cannabinoid and cannabinoid-related deaths for harm reduction education dissemination. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NIDA Substance Use Disorder Training Award ($10,000.00). Role: Principal Investigator

  • Suriaga, A. (2021, May). Care to Teach, Care to Learn (CTT/CTL): Inclusion of diverse students in academic excellence. Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Intramural grant for its Project-Based Faculty and Staff Strategic Excellence Award. ($2,500.00)

  • Suriaga, A. (2021). Stopping underage drinking through education dissemination and community inclusion. 2021 Communities Talk Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). (Received Stipend from SAMHSA)

  • Suriaga, A. (2020, August). A multi-year investigation of the socio-demographic factors of opioid and nonopioid drug-related deaths among older adults in Florida. Edna Hicks Research Fund, Florida Nurses Foundation. Role: Principal Investigator

  • Suriaga, A. (April 2020). A multi-year investigation of the socio-clinical factors of opioid-related deaths among older adults in Florida.  Sigma IOTA XI Chapter-at-Large Research and Evidence-Based Practice Research Night held at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, FAU. Role: Principal Investigator

Scholarship/Research Activities

*Peer-reviewed/Data-based

Dissertation:

*Suriaga, A. (2021). The social determinants of opioid-related deaths in older adults. (Publication No. 28412583) [Published doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University]. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

 

Recent Publications

  • *Suriaga, A., Tappen, R., & Hain, D.(2022). Deaths in four opioid categories among the older population during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. [Preprint]. The Lancet. http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4226901
  • *Suriaga, A., Tappen, R.M., & Hain, D. (September 28, 2022). Deaths in four opioid categories among the older population during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. Available at the Social Science Research Network (SSRN): https://ssrn.com/abstract=4226901 
    or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4226901
    Note: This paper made it to the Top Ten Download List of the Social Science Research Network from September to November 2022, also placed in the number 1 spot for Geriatrics eJournal.
  • *Suriaga, A. & Tappen, R. (2022). Characteristics of older adults who died from opioids as a cause of death during the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovation in Aging, 6 (IS1), 365-366. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igac059.1445
  • *Suriaga, A., Tappen, R., Aston, E.R., Chiang-Hanisko, L., & Newman, D. (2022). Cannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids as a cause of death: Trends and their healthcare implications. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 1-14 . doi: 10.1111/jnu.12817
  • *Suriaga, A., & Tappen, R. (2020). A systematic review of opioid use in LTC. Annals of Long-Term Care, 1-5, s1-s4. doi: 10.25270/altc.2020.03.00002
  • *Hain, D. & Suriaga, A. (2020). Regional workshops to widely disseminate an innovative practice. Innovation in Aging, 4 (S1), 760-761. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igaa057.2744
  • Suriaga, A. (2019). Nurse caring: From robotic surgeries to healthcare robots. International Journal for Human Caring, 23(2), 178-184.  http://dx.doi.org/10.20467/1091-5710.23.2.178

  Published Abstracts

  • *Suriaga, A. (2022). The co-presence of opioids in cannabinoid-related mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. In Proceedings of the 2022 Cannabis Clinical Outcomes Research Conference (CCORC), Orlando, Florida, USA, May 19-20, 2022. Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids, 5(1), 153. doi: 10.1159/000527081 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9729860/
  • *Suriaga, A., Aston, E.R., Chiang-Hanisko, L., & Newman, D. (2021). Synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinoid-related deaths: Relationship with age, gender, race and manner of death. 2021 AMERSA National Conference. 45th Annual Conference November 03-05, 2021, 67-68. https://amersa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-book-of-abstracts-final.pdf
  • *Suriaga, A., & Tappen, R. (2020). Sociodemographic characteristics of cannabinoid and synthetic cannabinoid decedents in Florida, 2014-2018. AMERSA Interdisciplinary Leaders in Substance Use Education, Research, Care, and Policy. 44th Annual Conference. 1976-2020 Book of Abstracts, 85. https://amersa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/2020-book-of-abstracts-complete.pdf

Scholarly Presentations

International

  • *Suriaga, A. (2022, November 12-16). The co-presence of mind-altering substances in Mitragynine as a cause of death. [Poster presentation]. 2022 Society for Neuroscience Annual Scientific Conference. San Diego, California, U.S.A.
  • *Suriaga, A., Tappen, R., Newman, D., & Panos, R. (2022, July 19-20). Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cannabinoids Harm Reduction Education Dissemination (SCCHRED): Doctoral project aims to address a global cannabis health concern. [Oral Presentation]. International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) 2022 Conference, Edinburg, Scotland.
  • *Suriaga, A. (2021, October 18-20). A multi-year investigation of the social determinants of opioid-related deaths in older adults [Oral presentation]. 5th Nursing World Congress. Virtual due to COVID-19. https://gastroenterology.magnusconferences.com/uploads/pdfs/abstract-book-nv5.pdf
  • *Suriaga, A., Longo, J., Kelly, T., & Bertrand, H. (2021, August 19-21). Innovative clinical experiences for nursing students: A synthesis of evidence for competency-based clinical outcomes [Oral presentation]. 3rd International Conference on Technology Competency as Caring in the Health Sciences, Manila, Philippines. (Virtual format due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A. (2021, July 21-23). A multi-year analysis of the social determinants of opioid-related deaths in older adults [Oral presentation]. Sigma 32nd International Research Congress, Singapore. (Virtual oral platform due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Suriaga, A. (2019, November 16-20). Factors predicting opioid use disorder among underserved adults with chronic pain [Poster presentation]. Sigma 45th Biennial Convention, Washington, D.C., United States. https://issuu.com/stti/docs/45th_biennial_convention_program_book_

National

  • *Suriaga, A., Tappen, R. & Federiso, V. (2023, March 1-3). Collaborating with local community to disseminate findings of substance use related mortality among college-aged population in Florida. [Symposium presentation]. Southern Nursing Research Society 2023 Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  • *Suriaga, A., & Tappen, R. (2022, November 2-6). Characteristics of older adults who died with opioids as a cause of death during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida [Paper presentation]. Gerontological Society of America 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.
  • *Suriaga, A. (2022, May 19-20). The co-presence of opioids in cannabinoid-related mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida [Poster presentation]. Cannabis Clinical Outcomes Research Conference, Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research, Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • *Suriaga, A., & Gabinete, S. (2022, February 23-25). The association of sociodemographic variables of age, gender, race, and manner of alcohol-related mortality [Poster presentation]. Southern Nursing Research Society 36th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, United States.
  • *Suriaga, A., Aston, E.R., Chiang-Hanisko, L., & Tappen, R. (2022, January 21). Dissemination of information on Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cannabinoid-Related Deaths for Harm Reduction Education (SCCHRED) [Podium presentation]. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education Conference, Naples, Florida, United States. https://www.aacnnursing.org/Professional-Development/Conferences/Past-Conferences-CEs/Presentations/2022/Doctoral-Education-Conference
  • *Suriaga, A., Aston, E., & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (2021, November 3-5). Synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinoid-related deaths: Relationship with age, gender, race, and manner of death. [Oral presentation]. Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), (Virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A., Tappen, R., Newman, D., & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (2021, July 23). Opioid-related accidents and suicides in older adults [Conference oral presentation/abstract]. 42nd Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) National Conference, (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A., Aston, E. & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (2021, April 26-28). A statewide analysis of synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinoids for harm reduction education dissemination (SCCHRED) [Oral and poster presentations]. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Steering Committee, Annual Scientific Meeting (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A., & Tappen, R. (2020, October 7). Sociodemographic characteristics of cannabinoid and synthetic cannabinoid decedents in Florida, 2014-2018 [Oral presentation]. AMERSA Interdisciplinary Leaders in Substance Use Education, Research, Care, and Policy 44th Annual Conference. (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Tappen, R., & Suriaga, A. (2019, February 27-March 1). A decision aid to reduce rehospitalizations of nursing home residents: Translation into clinical practice [Podium presentation]. 33rd Annual Conference Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • Suriaga, A. (2019, November 19-23). Practicing nurses sharing pharmacotherapeutic experiences with baccalaureate nursing students: A promising pedagogy [Poster presentation]. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Education Conference, Orlando, Florida, United States.

Regional/Local

  • *Suriaga, A. & Bertrand, H. (2022, December 8). Benzodiazepine-involved deaths in older adults. [Poster presentation]. Sigma Iota Xi at-Large Chapter and the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing co-sponsored Research Day.
  • *Suriaga, A., Nicholas, B., Benitez, S. (2022, April 14). A tri-county analysis of opioid as a cause of death during the COVID-19 pandemic [Poster presentation]. Sigma Iota Xi at-Large Chapter Research Night, (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A. (2021, March 26). A multi-year analysis of opioid-related deaths in older adults in Florida [Oral presentation]. Sigma Iota Xi At-Large Chapter Research Night, (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A. & Dindial, L.V. (2021, March 26). A five-year trend analysis of synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinoid-related deaths in Florida [Poster presentation]. Sigma Iota Xi at-Large Chapter Research Night, (virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Suriaga, A. (2020, April). Connecting   with  practicing nurses through technology to enhance student's learning [Podium presentation]. Teaching with Technology Showcase, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, Florida, United States (canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Suriaga, A. (2020, April). Nursing students’ perception of caring in the time of COVID-19 and social distancing [Poster presentation]. Sigma Iota Xi at-Large Chapter Research Night, (virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Suriaga, A. (2019, July 13). The lived experience of healthcare providers prescribing opioids to underserved adults with chronic pain [Poster presentation]. Florida Nurses’ Association 5th Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Orlando, Florida, United States. https://assets.nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/1886/FNA_9_19.pdf
  • Suriaga, A. (2019, March). Factors predicting opioid use disorder among underserved older adults with chronic pain in South Florida [Poster presentation]. Sigma Iota Xi at-Large Chapter Research Night, Florida, United States.

Invited Presentations/Non-Refereed

  • Suriaga, A. (2022, May 20). Opiates: How nurses can help curb the epidemic [Webinar presentation]. Saint Louis University Nursing Alumni Association International.
  • Suriaga, A. (2021, December 20). Trends in nursing [Resource speaker]. West Visayas State University Research Café, Iloilo City, Philippines (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Suriaga, A. (2021, December 15). Advancing minority health research panel interview with Q & A. [Panel discussion]. Southern Nursing Research Society Minority Interest Group. (Webinar format due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions).
  • *Suriaga, A. (2021, October 11). The manner of opioid-related deaths in older adults [Oral presentation]. Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) Nursing Special Interest Group (SIG), (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  • *Suriaga, A. (2021, September 30). Tips to nip cannabinoid-related deaths in the bud [Webinar presentation]. Florida Atlantic University Division of Research. Virtual Research in Action.
  • Suriaga, A. (2020, July 16). Diversity in nursing: Men in nursing [Webinar presentation]. Cross Country and Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.  Role: Presenter/Panelist
  • Tappen, R., Hain, D., & Suriaga, A. (2019, January 30; 2019, February 7; and 2019, February 8). Reducing avoidable hospitalizations across the continuum of care in CMS Region IV: A multi-state CMS project [Podium presentations]. Boca Raton, Florida, Hillsboro College, Plant City, Florida, and University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
  • Suriaga, A. (2019, April). Evidence-based medical and nursing management strategies to delay or reduce hospital readmissions [Podium presentation]. Abbey Delray South Heath Center Nursing Staff Forum, Delray Beach, Florida, United States.
  • Suriaga, A. (2019, April). Assessment and management of urosepsis in long-term care residents [Podium presentation]. Abbey Delray South Heath Center Nursing Staff Forum, Delray Beach, Florida, United States.
  • Suriaga, A. (2018, January). Creating a healing environment in critical care nursing [Podium presentation]. West Visayas State University College of Nursing 40th Anniversary Lecture Series, Iloilo City, Philippines.

Honors/Awards

  • 2022   Recipient, National Institute on Drug Abuse Diversity Scholar Travel Award
  • 2022   Recipient, Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Emerging Scholar for Professional Organizations Carol Shutz Travel Award
  • 2022   Scholarship Recipient, Harvard University, Harvard Chan School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
  • 2022   Finalist, Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2022   Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Faculty and Staff Strategic Excellence Award
  • 2021   Fellow, Gerontological Society of America Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Award 
  • 2021   Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Faculty and Staff Strategic Excellence Award
  • 2021   Excellence in Service Award, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2021   Excellence in Leadership Award, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2021   Excellence in Scholarship Award, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2021   Recipient, The Daisy Award (Extraordinary Nursing Student [Ph.D.])
  • 2021   Recipient, Conference Registration Award, Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) for the virtual national conference on November 2021.
  • 2021   The Provost’s Certificate of Recognition for Publishing for 2020-2021 Academic Year, April 2021 at Florida Atlantic University
  • 2020   Finalist (Top 3), National Institute of Health (NIH) /National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Graduate Partnerships Program, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2020   The Provost’s Certificate of Recognition for Publishing for the 2019-2020 academic year given on April 17, 2020, at Florida Atlantic University
  • 2020   Conference Registration Award, Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA).  A Virtual National Conference, October 2020.
  • 2020   Finalist, Florida Blue Health Innovation Challenge on Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations. Sponsored by the Florida Blue and the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.
  • 2020   Faculty Recognition Award, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, FAU
  • 2019   American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)- Johnson & Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar ($18,500.00) second-year funding
  • 2019  Florida Nurses Foundation, Edna Hicks Scholar
  • 2019  SNA Hero Professor of the Month (for November 2019)
  • 2019  Faculty Recognition Award, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, FAU
  • 2018  American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) - Johnson & Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar  ($18,000.00) (First Year Funding)
  • 2018  Distinguished Alumni, West Visayas State University
  • 2018  Outstanding Alumni for Nursing Service, Iloilo Science, and Technology University
  • 2018  Teaching Enhancement Award, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  • 2018   Inductee, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, FAU Chapter

Education