Dr. Mary Aruda will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) during the 26th Annual American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas from June 22nd-26th.
The FAANP program was established by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy and provide a forum through which to extend and enhance such efforts. Priority initiatives of the FAANP are the development of leadership and mentorship programs for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students. Only one percent of nurse practitioners achieve this honor.
Dr. Aruda is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over twenty years of clinical experience in Adolescent Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she was also nursing faculty in the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s Leadership Education in Adolescent Health multidisciplinary training program. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Nationally, she serves as Chair of the Content Expert Panel for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and serves as a HRSA reviewer for the Maternal Child Health Bureau.
Dr. Aruda continues a long standing relationship as an educational consultant with Boston’s anti-poverty agency, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Boston Family Planning Program. Her current research interests include health promotion, adolescent health, adolescent sexuality, and families and children with special health care needs. She was recently appointed to the board of the Lupus Foundation of New England. She earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, her MSN from Boston University, and her BSN from the Cornell-New York Hospital School of Nursing.