- MS, Nursing – Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
- BS, Nursing – Clayton State College, Morrow, Georgia
- Family Nurse Practitioner – American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Family Nurse Practitioner – American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Professional Nurse, Advanced Practice NP – State of Georgia
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider – American Heart Association
- Basic Life Support Provider – American Heart Association
- Cardiology Care Associate
As a Pain Management Nurse Practitioner, Kathy Aliffi is focused on providing each of her patients with a plan to improve pain due to their cancer or their treatments. She is part of a diverse Pain Management team that comes to work every day with the goal of improving patients’ quality of life.
Aliffi joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, in July 2013. While many patients respond to their pain management plans, some experience significant pain that requires the Pain Management team to strategize solutions for these challenging cases.
has a staff of caring employees who look for ways to help the patient that are outside the box,” says Aliffi. “The Pain Management team seeks to improve the pain level of our patients so they can continue to do the things they love.”
Aliffi began working as a nurse practitioner in 1988 after she completed her Associate Degree in Nursing from Clayton State College in Morrow, Georgia. Aliffi was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clayton State College in Morrow, Georgia, in 1995 and her Master of Science in Nursing at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, in 1998.
Between 1984 and 1990, Aliffi was a Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer 2nd Class, with the United States Naval Reserves in Atlanta. Her experience in the Reserves inspired her to become a critical care nurse and then a nurse practitioner. Prior to CTCA, Aliffi worked in critical care, primary care, cardiology and flight nursing. She also has mentored several nurse practitioners over the years.
Aliffi was drawn to CTCA because of our holistic approach to patient care. Several of Aliffi’s family members, including her father and father-in-law, have battled cancer. She found that their experiences in the health care system were disjointed, unlike at CTCA.
“My father had cancer three years ago. Everything happened so fast and we didn’t have any guidance from anyone,” says Aliffi. “It was so frustrating trying to figure it out all on our own. We really felt isolated during that experience. That is never the case at CTCA and I am glad that I can be a part of that.”
When meeting with patients, Aliffi likes to spend time with them to create opportunities for meaningful discussions. She doesn’t rush her patients but allows them to share all their concerns and thoughts about managing their pain. Patient care and commitment to that care improves as a result, says Aliffi.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners have certified Aliffi as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a Registered Professional Nurse, Advance Practice NP through the state of Georgia. In addition, Aliffi is certified as an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider and a Basic Life Support Provider through the American Heart Association.
Aliffi is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Cardiology.
In her free time, Aliffi enjoys bike riding, traveling and trying different types of foods.
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