Carolynn Spera Bruno headshot

Carolynn Bruno


Clinical Assistant Professor

1 212 992 7018

433 First Avenue
Room 529
New York, NY 10010
United States

expand all

collapse all

Professional overview

Dr. Spera Bruno is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a research interest in symptom presentation of older adults in the presence of acute coronary syndrome. Dr. Bruno was formerly the Specialty Coordinator at Yale School of Nursing directing the Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Women’s Health Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (WH/AGNP) Specialties. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has been practicing for over 30 years in cardiovascular nursing. As a FNP, she works with cardiac patients at Waterbury Hospital Cardio Diagnostics and Western Connecticut Health Network’s outpatient Cardiology and Anticoagulation Centers, and formerly inpatient Invasive Cardiology.


PhD, Nursing, University of Arizona (2013)
Post-MSN, FNP, Sacred Heart University (2008)
MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania (1989)
BSN, Nursing, Fairfield University (1985)



Professional membership

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American College of Cardiology
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society



Interpreting a 12-lead ECG

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

Interpreting a rhythm strip

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

Refining a telenovela intervention: Stakeholders' perspectives

Crist, J. D., Bruno, C., 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.