Michelle K. Murphy-Cruz, MSN, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate
University of Washington School of Medicine
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Children's
“I strive to provide thoughtful, detail-oriented care to all patients.”
— Michelle
What drew you to the field of oncology?

I’ve volunteered at a summer camp for children with cancer and their families since my freshman year of college. During my first year of camp, I was completely awed by the resilience of the people that I met, and I chose to pursue oncology as my career. I continue to be astounded by the grace and strength of the children and families I encounter, and it is an honor to be a part of a team that is equally passionate about caring for the people we treat. 

Physician assistant A health professional who is licensed to do certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. A health professional who is licensed to do certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. A physician assistant may take medical histories, do physical exams, take blood and urine samples, care for wounds and give injections and immunizations.
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What guides your approach to care?

I strive to stay true to my nursing roots, practicing a holistic approach to medicine not only by providing medical care but also by getting to know every person as an individual. Behind the scenes, I work closely with my colleagues, because I believe that having a cohesive multidisciplinary team has an immensely positive impact on your care.  

Provider background

Pediatric cancers and blood disorders

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for children who receive bone marrow transplants. Prior to joining SCCA, I was a pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Bone marrow transplant The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells. The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Because this treatment destroys the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells, bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells. Nurse practitioner A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families. A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. Nurse practitioners are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing organizations. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families, based on a practice agreement with a physician.
Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Pennsylvania
Medical Degree
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.