Celebrating 40 Years: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Forty for 40

When MGH Institute of Health Professions approached the 40th anniversary of its 1977 founding, it was obvious that every one of the school’s almost 7,200 graduates has a story to tell of how they are making a difference in the world of health care and beyond.

It’s about volunteering in underserved communities, conducting breakthrough research, developing pioneering innovative patient care delivery approaches, leading teams of health professionals.

It’s also about the myriad interactions with patients, clients, and their families—many of which go virtually unnoticed—that mark the impact of our alumni.

The speech-language pathologist helping a person with aphasia relearn how to speak or a pupil overcome reading difficulties. The registered nurse assisting a family whose loved one is gravely ill. The physical therapist urging a person recovering from a knee replacement to finish the day’s rehab by taking just one more step. The physician assistant developing a treatment strategy before a patient returns home. The occupational therapist showing an elderly person better ways to negotiate a new apartment. The nurse practitioner performing a check-up on a youngster or prescribing medicine to an adult.

To all our alumni and current students, we hope you see a little part of yourselves in these 40 profiles. So many of these successes are built on the MGH Institute’s commitment to excellence and interprofessional care. To our friends and supporters, we hope you gain a better understanding of how everyone in the IHP community is making a significant impact in the overall quality of life of patients in the communities in which we work and live.

As we celebrate our first 40 years throughout 2017 and look to the future, it’s clear the MGH Institute is poised to continue its mission of educating tomorrow’s health care leaders.

Featured Alumni in the BSN Program

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MaryEllen Graham, MBA, BSN ’10, Certificate-Medical Imaging ’08, RN, CMCN, CHP, CCM, AATMC

MaryEllen Graham is the first clinical quality improvement manager for Florida Blue, the state’s largest insurer. She utilizes data to develop incentives to convince reluctant customers that preventative measures such as regular checkups, breast cancer screenings, and flu shots can keep them healthier and out of the hospital. Full story.


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Sophia Harden, BSN ’11, RN
School of Nursing

Compassionate care has been a hallmark of Sophia Harden’s career as a registered nurse. Full story.



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Jenifa Lewis, BSN ’15, RN
School of Nursing

Although Jenifa Lewis had been working as a registered nurse for less than two years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital chose her to be a super user during the 2016 implementation of the EPIC medical records system. Full story.


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Alexia Marcous, BSN ’15
School of Nursing

It was while volunteering in Haiti in 2012 that Alexia Marcous first decided to become a nurse. Full story.


See all 40 of our featured alumni.