Ellen Tracy, MSN, RN, CNAA

Ellen Tracy, MSN, RN, CNNA, is the director of medical and medical subspecialty nursing in the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Leadership, Nursing administration, Patient safety
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    As a Director of Nursing, my role is to lead and influence nursing practice and patient safety across the division. I especially enjoy partnering with nurses, physicians, and patients/families to create our culture of safety; developing future nursing leaders and working with nursing leaders to improve the cancer experience for patients and families. My area of specialty is nursing leadership. From a clinical perspective, my area of expertise is grief and loss.

    Over the 30 years that I have worked in Pediatric Oncology, I am most struck by the resilience of families when a child is diagnosed with cancer and I have learned that nurses are key to helping patients and families cope with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Pediatric Oncology nurses are a unique group, very driven to bring out the best in a family to enhance the cancer experience for each family.

    I have authored (co-authored) several articles (or presented posters, or lectures) that focus on patient safety and nursing leadership. My research interests are nursing retention, patient safety, and palliative care.

  • Education and Training

    Board Certification

    NEA – BC

    Undergraduate Degree

    BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

    Graduate Degree

    MSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
    MHA - University of Phoenix Phoenix, AZ

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Director, Medical and Medical Subspecialty Nursing

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications



    Tracy E. Vancomycin resistant enterococcus on a pediatric oncology unit [abstract presentation]. Children’s Oncology Group Nursing Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2001.



    Womer RB, Tracy E, Soo-Hoo W, Bickert B, DiTaranto S, Barnsteiner JH. Multidisciplinary systems approach to chemotherapy safety: rebuilding processes and holding gains. J Clin Oncol. 2002; 20(24):4705-12. Cited in PubMed: PMID 12488417. Read the abstract


    Manning ML, McGowan K, Tracy E, DiTaranto S, Bell L. Successful control of vancomycin-resistant enterococci transmission in a pediatric oncology unit: a four year experience. Am J Infect Control. 2001.

    Posters and Presentations


    Tracy E. A celebration of the first year of the professional practice model [presentation]. Nursing Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2006 Aug; Philadelphia, PA.


    Tracy E. Who moved my cheese: navigating organizational change [presentation]. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Nurse IV Forum; 2005 May; Philadelphia, PA.

    Tracy E. Creating a program to mentor staff in poster presentations [presentation]. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Nurse IV Forum; 2005 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.


    Tracy E. Successful reduction of chemotherapy adverse drug events [presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions Collaborative; 2004 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.

    Tracy E. The benefits of professional organization membership [presentation]. Panel presenter, Nursing Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2004; Philadelphia, PA.


    Tracy E, Simms S. Working with challenging families. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Graduate Program; Mar 2003; Philadelphia, PA.

    Tracy E. Stressbusters: helping pediatric oncology nurses navigate the rough spots [poster presentation]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Annual Meeting; 2003 Oct, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Leaderships

    Leadership positions

    2009-present, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Conference
    2008-present, Retention Collaborative, CHOP
    2007-present, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
    2005-present, CHOPLink project
    1998-present, Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program

    Memberships in professional organizations

    American Cancer Society

    • Childhood Cancer Advisory Committee

    American Organization of Nurse Executives
    Oncology Nursing Society
    Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
    American Cancer Society, Nursing Education Committee
    Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders
    Children’s Oncology Group