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Bruce S. Zitkus

Bruce S. Zitkus

Director, Family Nurse Practitioner ProgramAssociate Professor of Nursing

B.A., Philosophy; The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C.A.A.S., Undergraduate Nursing; Rockland Community College, Suffern, NYB.S., Nursing, The University of the State of New York, Albany, NY
M.S., Adult Nurse Practitioner; Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Post Masters, Family Nurse Practitioner; Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
EdD., Educational Administration; Dowling College, Oakdale, NY

Description

Dr. Bruce S. Zitkus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and is the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program. He formerly taught at the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs including the on-site and distance education Adult Nurse Practitioner program, the distance education Family Nurse Practitioner program, and the DNP program. Currently his research interests are in the topic of obesity, personality and weight loss. His teaching expertise includes all aspects of Primary Care Practice and Education including Adult Health, Women's Health, and Pediatrics with a focus on the following acute and chronic conditions: Acute Abdomen, STD's, Fatigue, Chest Pain, Hyperlipidemia, PVC/PAD, Diabetes & Thyroid diseases, Gout, Nutrition, Rheumatology, GI diseases, Obesity, and many other primary care conditions. 

Dr. Zitkus completed his Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration at Dowling College on Long Island. His research interest for his doctorate studies was in the obesity, personality type, and successful or unsuccessful weight loss. As a practicing family Nurse Practitioner he often saw patients who desired to lose weight; however, they were often unsuccessful. Thus, he developed his research study to see if there was a relationship between personality type and how an individual successfully lost weight. The title of his dissertation research was “The relationship among Registered Nurses’ personality type, weight status, weight loss motivating factors, weight loss regimens, and successful or unsuccessful weight loss.” 

Dr. Zitkus' medical experience started as a Hospital Corpsman (Medic) in the U.S. Navy.  His first duty station was at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he worked on the General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Vascular Surgery unit and later as the Senior Corpsman of a Neurosurgery & Orthopedic Surgery unit. Following this duty he was placed in the Office of the Commanding Officer as the Enlisted Administrative Assistant on the Commanding Officer's staff.  While on the Commanding Officer's staff, he was given an additional title and responsibility. He was assigned as the “Petty-Officer-In-Charge” of the Presidential Suite. Dr. Zitkus had this responsibility during the administrations of President's Ford & Carter, which required being on-call 24 hours a day and maintaining the Presidential Suite for readiness. He completed his Naval Career on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as the Personal Assistant to the Attending Physician to the U.S. Congress. In this position he assisted in providing medical treatment to both Congressmen and Senators as well as responding to any acute emergencies in the Capitol Hill environment.

Dr. Zitkus practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner at North Suffolk Family Medical Care where he sees patients of all ages. He loves teaching and precepting NP students as well as practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Specialties

Adult and Family Medicine, Obesity & Weight Loss, Primary Care Medicine

Publications

  • Zitkus, B.S. (2011). The relationship among registered nurses' weight status, weight loss regimens, and successful or unsuccessful weight loss. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners , 23 : 110-116.
  • Balkon, N., Balkon, C., & Zitkus, B. (2011). Overweight and obesity: Pharmacotherapeutic considerations. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23 :61-66.
  • Zitkus, B.S . (2010). How NONPF has helped shaped NP education. The Nurse Practitioner: The American journal of primary healthcare, 35 (12):6-8.
  • Zitkus, B.S. (2010). Chest pain diagnosis: Take chest pain to heart. The Nurse Practitioner, 35 (9): 41-47.
  • Zitkus, B.S. (2009). Evaluation of the Acute Abdomen: Key Issues in Primary Care Settings. CEU Offering/ Acute Care. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 17(2), 28-34.
  • Zitkus, B.S., Dumas, M.A. (2000). Testicular Discomfort: Case Study in Clinical Decision-Making. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 4(7), 28-34.
  • Zitkus, B.S., Dumas, M.A. (2000). Skin Rash: Case Study in Clinical Decision-Making. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners , 4(6), 21-26.
  • Dumas, M.A., Zitkus, B.S. (2000). Acute Diarrhea: Case Presentation. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 4(5), 12-16.
  • Zitkus, B.S. (1997). Drug-Induced Aseptic Meningitis: A Clinical Experience for Case Study. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 1(4), 25-28.

Honors/Awards

  • 2010 Stony Brook University President's Faculty Achievement Award
  • 2010 Nurse Practitioner New York State PAC Award
  • 2010 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners New York State Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence
  • 2009 The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State Nancy J. MacIntrye, PhD., FNP, Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award
  • 2009 Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Gamma Chapter Outstanding Leadership Award
  • 2007 Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Gamma Chapter
  • 2006 Scholar, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners' Health Policy Leadership Fellowship, WDC
  • 2006 Chapter Leader Academy Graduate, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing,
  • 2005 Promise of Nursing for New York Regional Faculty Fellowship
  • 2005 Town of Brookhaven Citation, 2005 Stony Brook University's Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2005 NYS Assembly Citation, 2005 Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island
  • 2005 Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, Inc.
  • 2005 Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Scholarship Award, National League of Nursing
  • 2005 NP Doctoral Education Scholarship Award, AANP Foundation
  • 2005 Nursing Spectrum Excellence in Teaching Award, New York / New Jersey Regional Winner
  • 2005 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stony Brook University
  • 2005 Regional Nursing Spectrum Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist, New York / New Jersey
  • 2004 Leadership Award, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, Inc.
  • 2004 Scholar: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Invitational Health Policy Fellowship

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Certified, Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Board Certified, Adult Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Certified Diabetes Educator, National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Current Member, Governance Committee, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former President, Kappa Gamma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY
  • Current Chair, Member Resources Committee, National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Washington, D.C.
  • Former Chair, Nominations Committee, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Austin, TX
  • Current Chair of both Finance and Research Committees, Nurse Practitioner Association of New York, Inc., Hauppauge, NY
  • Former Treasurer, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, Inc., Hauppauge, NY
  • Former President, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, Inc., Hauppauge, NY
  • Clinical Editorial Advisory Committee, JNPA: The Journal, The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, Clifton Park, NY
  • Former Vice President for Academics, Health Sciences Center United University Professions Chapter, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Former Presiding Officer, Faculty Assembly of the School of Nursing , Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY
  • ormer Director, Adult Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

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