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

  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • General Pathophysiology
  • Acute Care of Adult Population
  • Chronic Care for Adult Nursing Practicum
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition for Nurses
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing/Nursing Foundations
  • Med-Surg, Chronic Care of Adult Population Clinicals

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).
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Mentors: Dr. Elizabeth Aston, Brown University and Dr. Lenny Chiang-Hanisko, Florida Atlantic University
    Award effective dates: January 2021- December 2021.

  • Suriaga, A. (May 2021). Care to Teach, Care to Learn (CTT/CTL): Inclusion of Diverse Students in Academic Excellence. A pilot project submitted to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing for its Project-Based Faculty and Staff Strategic Excellence Award.
    Role: Principal Investigator

  • Suriaga, A. (2021). Stopping Underage Drinking Through Education Dissemination and Community Inclusion for the 2021 Communities Talk Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). (Approved for stipend from SAMSHA)

  • Suriaga, A. (August 2020). 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

Recent Publications

  • Suriaga, A., Tappen, R., Aston, E., Chiang-Hanisko, L., & Newman, D. (In review). Cannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids as a cause of death: Characteristics, manner of death, trends, and healthcare implications. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
  • 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.

  • 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/geron/igaa057.2744

  • Suriaga, A. (2019). Nurse caring: From robotic surgeries to healthcare robots. International Journal for Human Caring, 23(2), 178-184. https://dx.doi.org/10.20467/1091-5710.23.2.178

Published Abstract

Podium & Poster Presentations

International (*data-based)

*Suriaga, A. (October 2021). A Multi-Year Investigation of the Social Determinants of Opioid-Related Deaths in Older Adults. A peer-reviewed oral presentation to the 5th Nursing World Congress. Held virtually on October 19, 2021, due to COVID-19

Suriaga, A., Longo, J., Kelly, T., & Bertran, H. (August 2021). Innovative Clinical Experiences for Nursing Students: A Synthesis of Evidence for Competency-Based Outcome. A peer-reviewed oral presentation to the 3rd International Conference on Technological Competency as Caring in the Health Sciences, hosted by Our Lady of Fatima University in Manila, Philippines.

*Suriaga, A. (July 2021). A Multi-Year Analysis of the Social Determinants of Opioid-Related Deaths in Older Adults. A peer-reviewed Oral Presentation to the 32nd Sigma Congress (Virtual).

Suriaga, A. (November 2019). Factors predicting opioid use disorder among underserved adults with chronic pain. Sigma Theta Tau International. (A poster presentation for Sigma 45th Biennial Convention held in Washington, D.C. on November 16-20, 2019; ID # 98233).

National

*Suriaga, A., & Gabinete, S. (February 2022). The Association of Sociodemographic Variables of Age, Gender, Race, and Manner of Alcohol-Related Mortality. A peer-reviewed poster presentation to the 2022 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

*Suriaga, A. , Aston, E.R., Chiang-Hanisko, L., & Tappen, R. (January 2022). Dissemination of Information to Reduce Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cannabinoid-Related Deaths. A peer-reviewed oral presentation to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida. 

*Suriaga, A., Aston, E., & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (2021). Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cannabinoid-Related Deaths: Relationship with Age, Gender, Race, and Manner of Death. A peer-reviewed oral presentation to the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) on November 4, 2021.

*Suriaga, A., Tappen, R., Newman, D., & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (July 2021). Opioid-Related Accidents and Suicides in Older Adults. A peer-reviewed oral/poster presentation to the 42nd Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) National Conference (Virtual).

*Suriaga, A., Aston, E. & Chiang-Hanisko, L. (March 2021). A Statewide Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cannabinoids for Harm Reduction Education Dissemination (SCCHRED). National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Steering Committee. (Oral and poster presentations).

*Suriaga, A. & Tappen, R. (2020). Socio-demographic characteristics of cannabinoid and synthetic cannabinoid decedents in Florida, 2014-2018. A peer-reviewed e-poster presentation to the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), a virtual national conference on October 7, 2020.

Tappen, R., & Suriaga, A. (February 2019). Decision aid to reduce rehospitalizations of nursing home residents: Translation into clinical practice. 33rd Annual Conference Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) (Podium).

Suriaga, A. (November 2019). Practicing Nurses Sharing Pharmacotherapeutic Experiences with Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Promising Pedagogy. A peer-reviewed poster presentation to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Education Conference in Orlando, FL on November 21-23, 2019.

Regional/Local

*Suriaga, A., Nicholas, B., & Benitez, S. (2022).  A Tri-County Analysis of Opioids as a Cause of Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Accepted peer-reviewed poster presentation at the Sigma IOTA XI at-Large Chapter Research Night on April 14, 2022. 

*Suriaga, A. (2021). A Multi-Year Analysis of Opioid-Related Deaths in Older Adults in Florida. Oral presentation to Sigma IOTA XI At-Large Chapter Research Night held virtually on March 26, 2021.

*Suriaga, A. & Dindial, L.V. (2021). A Five-Year Trend Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cannabinoid-Related Deaths in Florida. A peer-reviewed poster presentation to Sigma IOTA XI Chapter-at-Large Research Night held virtually on March 26, 2021.

Suriaga, A. (April 2020). Connecting with Practicing Nurses Through Technology to Enhance Student's Learning. Teaching with Technology Showcase. A peer-reviewed podium presentation at FAU, Jupiter campus in April 2020.

Suriaga, A. (April 2020). Nursing Students’ Perception of Caring in the Time of COVID-19 and Social Distancing. A peer-reviewed poster presentation for Sigma IOTA XI Chapter-at-Large Research Night held at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Suriaga, A. (July 2019). The Lived Experience of Healthcare Providers Prescribing Opioids to Underserved Adults with Chronic Pain. A peer-reviewed poster presentation to the 5th FNA Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice conference held in Orlando, FL on July 13, 2019.

Suriaga, A. (March 2019). Factors predicting opioid use disorder among underserved older adults with chronic pain in South Florida. Sigma IOTA XI Chapter At-Large and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Research Conference (Poster).

Non-refereed Presentations

Suriaga, A. (September 2021). Tips to nip cannabinoid-related deaths in the bud. Virtual Research in Action. Florida Atlantic University, Division of Research.

Suriaga, A. (July 2020). Men in nursing. A webinar presentation sponsored by Cross Country and Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Role: Presenter/Panelist

Tappen, R., Hain, D., & Suriaga, A. (2019). Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations Across the Continuum of Care in CMS Region IV: A Multi-State CMS Project (Podium presentations in three different venues in Florida)

Suriaga, A. (April 2019). Evidence-based Medical and Nursing Management Strategies to Delay or Reduce Hospital Readmissions. Abbey Delray South Heath Center Nursing Staff Forum (Non-peer reviewed podium presentation).

Suriaga, A. (April 2019). Assessment and Management of Urosepsis in Long-term Care Residents. Abbey Delray South Heath Center Nursing & Staff Forum (Non-peer reviewed podium presentation).

Suriaga, A. (January 2018). Creating a Healing Environment in Critical Care Nursing. West Visayas State University College of Nursing 40th Anniversary Lecture Series (Podium). Iloilo City Philippines.

Honors/Awards

  • 2022-2023 Scholarship Recipient, Harvard University, Harvard Chan School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
  • 2022 Finalist, Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Florida Atlantic University
  • 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 [PhD])
  • 2021 The Provost’s Certificate of Recognition for Publishing for 2020-2021 Academic Year, April 2021 at Florida Atlantic University
  • 2021 Conference Registration Award (Travel Award), Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Abuse
  • 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, 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.
  • 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) - selected by the FAU Student Nurses Association.
  • 2019- 2020 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 Undergraduate Program
  • 2018 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, FAU Chapter Inductee

Education