Jennifer Kruse, RN
Heart Transplant Coordinator - Inpatient
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BS), University of Illinois, Champaign, IL - 1996
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Loyola University, Chicago, IL - 2000
Registered Nurse (RN)
Heart failure and heart transplantation
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute 1-866-662-8467 (toll free)
Jennifer is a Heart Transplant Coordinator for the Center for Heart Failure at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She participates in the care of patients in heart failure undergoing evaluation for heart transplantation, and the transplant process. Jennifer has worked with cardiac surgery patients for the past five years.
After graduating from Loyola University's nursing program in 2000, Jennifer worked as a staff nurse in the Prentice Women's Hospital operating room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Approximately one year after joining the Prentice nursing team, she accepted the position of Resource Coordinator for the Prentice operating room. In her new role, while continuing her clinical responsibilities, she also carried out the administrative tasks of coordinating care of patients with physician staff, triage of patients in need of urgent care, and management of proper staffing for the operating room.
In 2003, Jennifer decided to broaden her clinical skills in the operating room and accepted a position as staff nurse for the cardiac surgery team. She worked directly with the cardiac surgeons, scrubbing and circulating. Jennifer continued to expand her cardiac surgery experience and also worked with the pediatric cardiac patient population at Children's Memorial Hospital. She worked directly with the pediatric cardiac surgeons assisting in the care of those children in need of cardiac surgery. To increase her knowledge base, Jennifer also worked as one of the Atrial Fibrillation Nurse Coordinators at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. She assisted in the clinical care and education of patients with atrial fibrillation, as well as research involving the cardiac surgery outcomes database. In 2008, Jennifer accepted the position of Heart Transplant Coordinator.
Jennifer is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Heart Association.