Jennifer Cruz


Practice-based Researcher


Jennifer Cruz is a nurse practitioner (NP) in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and an adjunct lecturer within the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto. Along with Dr. Iqwal Mangat, they spearheaded the development of a NP-led atrial fibrillation (AF) clinic within St. Michael’s Hospital in 2009 – the first AF clinic in Ontario.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Ryerson University in 1999. She also completed a critical care nursing certificate in 2000 and a cardiology nursing certificate in 2001 at George Brown College. She received her Master’s in Nursing degree combined with an acute care NP specialty at University of Toronto in 2009. She received her NP certification through the College of Nurses of Ontario in 2009. She currently holds a certification in cardiovascular nursing within the Canadian Nurses Association since 2004.

She has variable clinical experience including: flight nursing via air ambulance, critical care, surgical and pre-operative care, general internal medicine and pacemaker device technology. She participates in the preceptorship/mentorship program of nurses and NP students from varying academic institutions.

Her research interest and quality improvement projects include: knowledge translation initiatives related to AF clinics in Canada, implementation of guideline-based care in clinical practice, development and integration of patient education resources, clinical measures of patient experiences in ambulatory clinics and elective procedures.

She co-led the national patient education initiative for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society with Heart and Stroke Foundation, focusing on AF; and functions as president of the Canadian AF clinic Nursing Alliance (CAFcNA), a sub-specialty interest group within the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS).


Peer Reviewed Journal:

Wilton SB, Kaul P, Islam S, Atzema CL, Cruz J, MacFarlane K, McKelvie R, Poon S, Lambert L, Rush K, Deyell M, Wyse DG, Cox JL, Skanes A, Sandhu RK. (2021). Surveillance for Outcomes Selected as Atrial Fibrillation Quality Indicators in Canada: 10-Year Trends in Stroke, Major Bleeding, and Heart Failure. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Open 3 (5): 609-618.

Sandhu RK, Wilton SB, Cruz J, Aztema AL, MacFarlane K, McKelvie R, Lambert L, Rush K, Zimmerman R, Oakes G, Deyell M, Wyse G, Cox JL and Skanes A. (2019).  An Update on the Development and Feasibility Assessment of Canadian Quality Indicators for Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Open 1: 198-205.

Cruz J, Mariano Z, Dorian P. (2018).  Atrial Fibrillation Clinics in Canada: A Nationwide Project Report.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 34: 1219 – 1224.

Book Chapter:

Cruz J and Dorian P. (2015) Clinical Evaluation of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient In N.A.M. Estes III & AL. Waldo (Eds),  Atrial Fibrillation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Patient Outcomes (pp. 21-46). Minneapolis, MN: Cardiotext Publishing.

Please note: Ms. Cruz is not taking any summer students.

Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto