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Ruth McCaffrey, ND, DNP, ARNP, BC, FNP, GNP, FAAN

p. 561-297-2945

Office: NU 116-C at the Boca Campus


  • Nursing Doctorate: Case Western Reserve University
  • MSN: Florida Atlantic University
  • BSN: Florida Atlantic University
  • BM Ed.: Temple University & Palm Beach Community College


"My personal knowing comes from a deep and abiding faith in the goodness of humanity and in our ability as humans to eventually get things right."

Teaching & Research

  • Director Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
  • Doctoral Theory Class
  • Practice Management
  • Nurse Practitioner Practice Courses
  • Masters Level Research
  • Reflective Garden Walking Program
  • The Arts in Healing



McCaffrey, R. (2012) Doctor of Nursing Practice: enhancing Professional Development. Philadelphia: FA Davis. Co

McCaffrey, R., & Younkgin, E., (2009). NP Notes. Philadelphia, FA Davis.


Blum, C., McCaffrey, R., Bishop, M., Singh, R., Swan, A., Neese, R.&  Piasecki, S (2012). Educating nurses about veno-thrombotic events. Journal of Nurses in Staff Development 28 (4). 173-176.  

Park, J., & McCaffrey, R. (2012) Chair yoga: Benefits for community-dwelling older adults with Osteoarthritis. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 38(5) 12-22.
Park, J. & McCaffrey, R. (2011). Managing osteoarthritis: Comparison of chair yoga, reiki and education (a pilot study). Holistic Nursing Practice 25(6) 316-326.

McCaffrey, R., Hayes, RM. & Ferrell, S., (2011) The effect of an educational program on attitudes of nurses and medical residents toward the benefits of positive communication and collaboration. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Article first published online: 16 June 2011: DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05736.x

McCaffrey, R. Liehr, P, Gregorson, T., & Nikiosha, R. (2011) Garden Walking and Art Therapy for Depression in Older Adults: A pilot study. Research in Gerontological Nursing 18 (3). 48-52.

McCaffrey, R., Hanson, C., McCaffrey W., (2010). Garden Walking for Depression. Holistic Nursing Practice. 24(5) 1-8

McCaffrey, R., Hayes, R., Farrell, S., (2011) An educational program to promote positive communication and collaboration between nurses and medical staff Journal of Nursing in Staff Development 27(3) 121-127.

McCaffrey, R., Hayes, R., Farrell, S., (2010).  A program to improve communication and collaboration between nurses and medical residents. Journal for Continuing Education in Nursing 41(4): 172-178.

Thrush, S., & McCaffrey, R., (2010) Direct to consumer genetic testing: What the nurse practitioner should know. The Journal of the Nurse Practitioner 6(3)269-273.

McCaffrey, R., (2009) The effect of music on the cognition of olcer adults undergoing hip and knee surgery. Music and Medicine 1, 22-28.

McCaffrey, R (2009) The effect of music on the cognition of adults undergoing hip and knee surgery. Applied Nursing Research.

McCaffrey, R., & Thomas, D. (2009). The effect of lavender and rosemary on test anxiety in nursing students. Holistic Nursing Practice Journal 23(2) 88-93.

McCaffrey, R., (2009). Music listening: Its effect on creating healing environment. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing 46(10 39-45).

McCaffrey, R., (2008). Using music to interrupt the cycle of chronic pain. Journal of Pain Management 1(3). 215-222.

Lopez, A., McCaffrey, R., & Fitzpatrick, J., (2008) Spiritual Well-Being and Practices among Women with Gynecological Cancer: A Preliminary Study. Oncology Nursing Forum 4, 341-350.

McCaffrey R., (2008) The lived experience of integrating Haitian Elders into a senior center. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.19 (1) 33-39.

McCaffrey, R., (2008). Integrating Haitian older adults into a senior center in Florida. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 33(12)13-18.

McCaffrey R. & Thrush, S. (2004). Cardiovascular disorders: Chapter in Youngkin E et al: Pharmacotherapeutics: a primary care clinical guide. Connecticut: Appleton &Lange.
McCaffrey, R. & Locsin, R. (2004) The Effect of Music Listening on Acute Confusion and Delirium in Older Adults Undergoing Elective Hip and Knee Surgery. Journal of Clinical Nursing 2 (22) 334-341.
McCaffrey, R. & Freeman, E. (2003). Music's effect on chronic osteoarthritis pain in elders. Journal of Advanced Nursing 44(5)517-524
Brewer, C. & McCaffrey, R. (2004) Vibroacoustic therapy: A nursing intervention. Holistic Nursing Practice. Accepted for Publication May/June 2004.
McCaffrey, R., & Youngkin, E. (2004). Sleep disturbances in perimenopausal and menopausal women. Clinical Excellence for the Nurse Practitione8 (4) 111 - 124
McCaffrey, R., Frock, T., & Gargullio H., (2003) Understanding the mind-body connection in chronic pain. Holistic Nursing Practice 17(2).
Brewer, C., McCaffrey, R. Locsin, R. (2003). Arts in healing Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies September.
McCaffrey, R., & Thomas D. (2003). Acupuncture: What the primary care provider needs to know. May 2003, Clinical Excellence
McCaffrey, R., & Fowler, N. (2003). Qigong: Pathway to health and healing. Holistic Nursing Practice 17(3).

Recognition & Awards

  • 2009 Bayada Award For Technological Advances in Nursing
  • 2009 Fulbright Senior Specialist to Naresuan University in Thailand
  • 2007 Society for the Arts in Healthcare Research Award
  • 2006 National Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses National Professional Issues Award
  • 2006 Fellow National Academies of Practice
  • 2003 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Founders Award Editor Moore Copeland Award Excellence in Creativity
  • 2000 Iota Xi Chapter Distinguished Research Award
  • 1999 Florida Atlantic University Nursing Faculty of the Year Award

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