Dr. Marife C. Aczon-Armstrong is a Fulbright Scholar Senior Specialist (2014-2018). She recently completed a grant project at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda, Africa, teaching in the Master of Science of Nursing Program. She works at The Queen’s Medical Center – Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii as an ANCC Board Certified Registered Nurse Case Manager. She is an Adjunct Nursing Faculty at Hawaii Pacific University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dr. Aczon-Armstrong is a SAMHSA MFP Alumna 2010. She received her MSN/PhD in Nursing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and MS Counseling Psychology with focus on Community Counseling at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Hawaii Pacific University. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “Relation of Depression to Substance Use, Chronic Illnesses in Asian American Pacific Islanders in Hawaii”. Her peer-reviewed article, “Depression and Chronic Illness in Asian/Pacific Islander Adults in Hawaii” was published with Issues in Mental Health Nursing in 2013. As a member of Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), she continues to focus on mental health issues in research. Her recent grant project as Okura Mental Health Fellow is related to implementation of a standardized tool in an inpatient healthcare setting to detect early signs of depression in chronically ill patients.
Her passion to serve the ethnic minority population globally keeps her motivated, finding innovative ideas to improve their health and well being. She was elected as President of Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii (PNAH) in 2014. She is a volunteer lecturer since 2011 for the Nursing Advocates & Mentors, Inc (NAMI), a non-profit corporation with a mission to address global nursing shortage by providing guidance and assistance for nursing colleagues to obtain their professional license in nursing. Dr. Aczon-Armstrong’s leadership qualities are evident with her role as Unit Council Chair for the Case Management Department and member of the Nursing Professional Development Council at her current employment. She is a strong advocate for improving nursing practice and advancing nurses’ role in healthcare.
Dr. Aczon-Armstrong hosts a radio program, “Healthy Mondays with Nurse Experts On-Air”, a community outreach. The show is broadcast every Mondays over KNDI Radio 1270AM in a talk story format. Invited guests from local, national, and international health organizations join Dr. Aczon-Armstrong each week to talk about common healthcare issues in local communities. The concept originated from the National Institute of Health to promote healthy living starting on the first day of the week.
PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
MS Nursing, University of Hawaii at Manoa
MS Counseling Psychology, Chaminade University of Honolulu
BS Nursing, Hawaii Pacific University
LPN, Kapiolani Community College
Adult Health, Case Management/Utilization Management, Medical/Surgical/Oncology, Diabetes
Teaching Focus or Educational Interest
Adult Health Nursing II, Applied Therapeutic Communication, Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Community Health Nursing, Nursing Administration, Mental Health, Case Management/Utilization Management
Diabetes, Mental Health, Chronic Illness in Asian American/Pacific Islanders, End-of-life
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