Ms. Bruno began her nursing career as a scrub and circulating nurse in the Plastic Surgery operating rooms at UTMB while still in nursing school, following successful completion of an elective OR course. Immediately after graduating from nursing school, she went to work full-time in the Houston Medical Center at M.D. Anderson Hospital, Radiation Therapy. There, she administered radiation treatments specifically to head & neck cancer patients, patient's with Hodgkins Disease, and those with breast cancer. She then went on to work at Methodist Hospital in the newborn nursery. Throughout her long career in nursing, she has also worked for Baylor Department of OB/GYN, been a school nurse in a large high school, and worked as an office nurse for several OB/GYN physicians. An interest in renal and dialysis patients prompted her to apply for an internship in kidney and liver disease at Hermann Hospital in the 1990's. In 2002, she started working exclusively with renal patients as a hemodialysis staff nurse, eventually progressing to caring for peritoneal dialysis patients. Mrs. Bruno has been a charge nurse, a Clinical Coordinator, and a Facility Administrator during her career working with dialysis patients. In 2014, she also began working part-time at UTMB as an Education Resource Specialist with nursing students and faculty in the Simulation and Skills Lab. Inspired by the faculty and students she was working with, she went back to school, in an online program, and earned her MSN degree so she could pursue her passion for teaching the next generation of nurses.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1976, The University of Texas System School of Nursing at Galveston
- Master of Science in Nursing, 2016, Walden University
- 2016 - Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Phi Nu chapter)
- 2016 - Golden Key International Honor Society
- 2013 - The Houston Chronicle: Salute to Nurses: 100 Outstanding Nurses in the greater Houston community