- Master of Science, Nursing/Nurse Practitioner - Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- Advanced Practice Oncology Nurse Practitioner – Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
- Advanced Practice Holistic Certified Nurse – American Holistic Nursing Association
- Board Certified Massage and Body Work – National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Carolyn Ruef, Nurse Practitioner in the Infusion Room at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia, is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive atmosphere during treatment. Her extensive training is used to empower patients and support health education while providing nursing care that promotes wellness and quality of life. She is a daily resource for patients, providing a bridge between patients and their medical team.
Ruef completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Richard Stockton College in 1997. She studied Holistic Nursing at Seeds and Bridges/American Holistic Nursing Association in Flagstaff, Arizona, earning her Holistic Nursing Certification in 1998. She studied massage at Seashore Healing Arts Center, becoming a Certified Massage Therapist in 2001. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner at Richard Stockton College in 2004.
Ruef has worked as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in numerous clinical settings. From 1994 to 2000, she was a registered nurse with an oncology unit at a large medical center in New Jersey, where she created wellness and holistic programs for patients and staff. From 2004 to 2006, she was nurse practitioner with a private oncology clinic.
In 2006, Ruef joined CTCA® as a nurse practitioner. After several years as a nurse practitioner in a community-based oncology practice, Ruef returned to CTCA in October 2012.
During her career, Ruef has completed years of additional professional training, including internships in integrative medicine, integrated pain and palliative care. She is also educated in the role of nutrition in cancer care and massage for cancer patients.
At CTCA, Ruef works with patients and providers to ensure that care is provided seamlessly and effectively. She works with patients and staff on the management of infusion reactions, side effects, pain and a variety of treatment issues.
"The CTCA model of patient empowerment and delivery of cancer care is exemplary,” says Ruef. “The integrative approach provides more options for patients to explore to optimize their quality of life and treatment decisions."
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