AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2016-June 2019
Elizabeth Scruth, PhD, MPH, RN, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM, serves a three-year term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019.
Scruth is a clinical practice consultant, Clinical Effectiveness Team, Regional Quality and Regulatory Services at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland. She is also a critical care transport RN with Bayshore Ambulance, Foster City, California, and an assistant clinical professor (volunteer) for the Physiological Department of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for clinical nurse specialist students.
Her professional focus is on improving outcomes for critically ill patients by redesigning workflows to ensure evidence-based practice is current. Her research activities include an extension of her PhD thesis determining secondary risk after a myocardial infarction through the use of risk prediction models from her original research. She published two manuscripts in this area with research colleagues from Australia.
Past president of AACN's South Bay Chapter, San Jose, California, her other affiliations include Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, Nursing Section — Critical Care, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
In 2017, Scruth earned the Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. In 2016, she received an award for innovation from Kaiser Permanente for her work on rapid prototyping for the development of an ICU electronic diary app for iPads and iPhones. She also received the James A. Vohs award for quality.
Scruth earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002 and a Master of Public Health in addictions/health care management in 2004, both from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. She earned her post-masters certificate as a clinical nurse specialist from UCSF in 2006, specializing in critical care/cardiovascular care, and a PhD from Australian Catholic University in 2013.