Kristine M. Ruggiero, PhD, RN, MSN, PNP-BC

Kristine Ruggiero profile
Assistant Professor
(617) 643-9467
Office Location: 
B39 - 126

Kristine graduated with a BS in Biology from Fairfield University in 1999. After working both as an EMT and at Massachusetts General Hospital on breast cancer research, she decided to combine a love for research with a passion for patient care by returning to school and receiving her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University in 2004.

Since then, Kristine has worked both as Pediatric Nurse in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Medical/Surgical settings, and as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in in-patient and out-patient settings, including Spaulding Pediatric Rehabilitation Hospital. She later returned to school for her PhD in nursing and health policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Kristine has taught as an Assistant Professor of Nursing for the past ten years and loves working with nursing students and helping them to develop their own passion for nursing.

Research Interests

Nurse Abstractor for the Agency for Research Healthcare and Quality (ARHQ) for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital on Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) Project and improving Quality of Care in the Hospital setting.

Factors associated with a medical home and health-related quality of life (HRQOL)
in school-age children with congenital heart defects (CHDs)

Chronic Illness in Pediatric population, particularly children with CHDs, and pediatric oncology

Delegation-Decision Making Process in Nursing

Cancer genetics research, specifically the BRCA2 gene, and its implication in breast


Poster Presentation Award: BRCA2 and its promotion of homologous recombination. Massachusetts General Hospital. 2000.

Presentation to the BORN: Updating the Delegation Decision-making process in the MA nurse practice act: Developing evidence-based recommendations to the Board of Registration in Nursing. University of Massachusetts Boston. May, 2011.

University of Massachusetts Boston Research Day, 2012: Poster Presentation, Nurse Delegation regulations and the delegation decision-making process in the MA Nurse Practice Act

University of Massachusetts Boston Research Day, 2013: Factors associated with medical home quality and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in school-age children with congenital heart defects (CHDs). University of Massachusetts Boston


BS, Biology, Psychology minor, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
MSN, Pediatrics, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
PhD, Nursing & Health Policy, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Curriculum Vitae