Bette Ann Harris '83 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
2019: Stephanie Ahmed DNP '08, FNP-BC, DPNAP, Receives Highest Alumni Award
Stephanie Ahmed, DNP ’08, FNP-DC, was one of the first three graduates of IHP’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and only three years after graduation became director of ambulatory nursing at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She currently is the hospital’s executive director of clinical effectiveness.
Dr. Ahmed went on to become a certified caritas coach through the Weston Caring Science Institute, traveling nationally and internationally to advance and study the impact of caring science. In 2017, Dr. Ahmed received the President’s Award from the American Nurses Association of Massachusetts, with added recognition from the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. During her two terms as president of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, she championed the removal of physician oversight with the hope of granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners and greater access to health care for the most vulnerable in Massachusetts. According to one of her nominators, Dr. Ahmed “has been a fierce advocate for patients, nurses and the community all while exuding kindness, compassion and true empathy.”
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumnus who graduated ten or more years ago, and who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, achievement, and service in advancing health care.