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Celebrating 40 Years: Master 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 MS-Nursing Program

Forty for 40

Katie Barron, MS-Nursing ’08, RN
School of Nursing

Katie Barron has focused on infectious disease since graduating from the MGH Institute in 2008. Full story.


 

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Kathleen Belmonte, MS-Nursing ’96, RN, FNP
School of Nursing

Kathleen Belmonte has devoted her nursing career to helping people thrive while living with diabetes. Full story.


 

 

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Kelly Brush Davisson, MS-Nursing ’13, RN, FNP
School of Nursing

A debilitating ski injury did not deter Kelly Brush Davisson from helping others. In some ways, it accelerated her mission to make a difference in the world. Full story.


 

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Jessica Hennessey, MS-Nursing ’97, RN, CPNP
School of Nursing

Jessica Hennessey has spent her career working to improve the quality of life for children, adolescents, and their families who deal with emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders. Full story.


 

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Naomi Jay, PhD, MS-Nursing ’89, RN, WHNP
School of Nursing

Anal cancer rates among people living with HIV have been rising in recent years. Naomi Jay is working to reverse that trend. Full story.


 

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Kenya Palmer, MS-Nursing ’13, FNP-BC, CSCS
School of Nursing

Kenya Palmer’s enthusiasm for healthy living and well-being permeates her work as a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center. Full story.


 

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Ellen Starr, MS-Nursing ’85, RN, WHNP
School of Nursing

As clinical director at Vermont-based Grounds for Health, Ellen Starr helps the nonprofit’s mission to reduce cervical cancer among women in the developing world. Full story.


 

 

 

 

See all 40 of our featured alumni.