Cindy Schmus, MSN, RN, CRNP

Areas of Expertise: CNS tumors, Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and 2, Radiation/proton therapy
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    My role is to coordinate care for children with central nervous system tumors, provide clinical care to patients and families, and also provide support during surgical admission, chemotherapy, and radiation. I also serve as the part-time Neurofibromatosis (NF) Nurse Coordinator and enjoy helping families connect with our comprehensive NF Team.

    I especially enjoy providing children and families with anticipatory guidance as they navigate the complex treatments offering hope and compassion. Teaching is my passion! I truly love teaching newly diagnosed families about their child’s disease, interacting with the children, and empowering families to feel comfortable caring for their child and anticipating their supportive care needs.

    My area of specialty is Neuro Oncology/ Neurofibromatosis Type 1. I have been an oncology nurse for over 23 years and find each day filled with the hope for a cure and the possibility to make a difference.

    I have co-authored an article that focuses on MIBG and nursing challenges, and have also done a poster and paper presentation on side effects during proton radiation. My research interests are radiation side effects, and family coping styles.

    Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities 

    Awards and honors

    2008-2009, Student Nurses of Pennsylvania, Lifetime Honorary Member
    2004, Sigma Theta Tau

    Editorial and academic positions

    Editorial positions

    Editorial board, Pediatric Nursing
    Professional Consultant- SNAP- Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania

    Academic positions

    Adjunct Clinical Faculty - Nursing of Children Acute/Chronic Nurse Practitioner Graduate program; University of Pennsylvania
    2007-2008, Education Committee, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
    2007, Root Cause Analysis Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Inpatient Nursing Leadership Committee

    Memberships in professional organizations

    Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)

    Original papers

    2004

    Brophy P, Schmus C, Balistreri L. Nursing challenges and the MIBG patient. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2004 Jan;21(1):9-15. Cited in PubMed; PMID 15058401. Read the abstract

    Posters and presentations

    2007

    Schmus C, Pollack R, Quillen J, Goodsell C. Circle of care: supportive care issues in the pediatric brain tumor patient [poster presentation]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 31st Annual Conference; 2007 Oct 14-16; Milwaukee, WI.

  • Education and Training

    Board Certification

    Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ANCC)
    Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON)
    PALS certified

    Undergraduate Degree

    BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

    Graduate Degree

    MSN - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner

    Nurse Coordinator, Neurofibromatosis Program

  • Conditions Treated
  • Centers and Programs
  • Research Interests

    Clinical toxicities of treatment in children with malignant CNS tumors
    Radiation/proton therapy side effects
    Mentoring/teaching new nurses and nurse practitioners