Carolynn Bruno


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Carolynn Bruno


Clinical Associate Professor

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Carolynn Spera Bruno, Ph.D., APRN, CNS, FNP-C, is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Rory Meyers (NYURM) College of Nursing. In clinical practice, Spera Bruno specializes in advanced practice nursing care of patients in cardiology and electrophysiology. She teaches the research and evidence-based practice thread across NYURM Masters and DNP programs.

She has developed innovative, evidence-based practice transitional care scenarios in atrial fibrillation for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYURM. She has served on the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Nursing Symposium Planning Committee; and as an AHA reviewer of the 2020 ACC/AHA Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Adults with Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter. As a recipient of NYU University Research Challenge Fund (URCF), her research included Prescribers’ Decision Making when Transitioning Between Oral Anticoagulants.

Spera Bruno is a Family Nurse Practitioner with interests in atrial fibrillation/flutter, oral anticoagulants, and symptom presentation of older adults in the presence of acute coronary syndrome. She works with cardiac patients at YNNH Northeast Medical Group and in Anticoagulation at NYU Langone Health. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is nationally certified in Anticoagulation Therapy Management as an advanced practice nurse.

Her international presentations include the role of family practice for nurse practitioners and the future of advanced nursing practice at Sapienza Universita di Roma’s Medical and Nursing Schools. Consistent with her interest in moderating health disparity, she has provided direct clinical care to children and adults residing in remote areas of Nigeria.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU in 2017, Carolynn Spera Bruno was the Specialty Coordinator at Yale University’s School of Nursing and directed the Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner programs. She served as a board member, faculty advisor, and secretary of Sigma Theta Tau International – Delta Mu Chapter at Yale.

Spera Bruno earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, post-MSN from Sacred Heart University, MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and BSN from Fairfield University.

PhD, Nursing - University of Arizona
Post-MSN, FNP - Sacred Heart University
MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care - University of Pennsylvania
BSN, Nursing - Fairfield University

Chronic disease
Nursing education
Research methods

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Sigma Theta Tau International - Upsilon Chapter

Faculty Honors Awards


Interpreting a 12-lead ECG

Bruno, C. S. (2015). In ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy!. Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

Interpreting a rhythm strip

Bruno, C. S. (2015). In ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy!. Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

Refining a telenovela intervention: Stakeholders' perspectives

Crist, J. D., Bruno, C. S., Ruiz, M. R., & Hepworth, J. T. (2013). Geriatric Nursing, 34(2), 158-161. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.02.008
Understanding Mexican American (MA) elders' use of home health care services (HHCS) and elders' reactions to interventions designed to increase HHCS use is vital to address disparities (e.g., MA elders use HHCS less yet have more disabilities with earlier onset than other groups). Dialog notes from a telenovela intervention and interviews with two additional elder-caregiver dyads were content analyzed and revealed ways to improve the telenovela, fitting with Narrative Theory. Further contributions by a community advisory council resulted in a revised script and illustrated how research participants and community members can shape interventions to achieve equity in vulnerable populations' healthcare utilization.