Dr. Bernhardt is a nurse executive and family nurse practitioner in ambulatory nursing practice. She is currently the Director of Occupational Health Enterprise Clinical Services for Mass General Brigham. Jean has spent her career in leadership positions across community health centers, primary care, and elder services organizations. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Boston; her MSN from the University of Virginia; and her BSN from Fitchburg State College. Jean is a licensed nursing home administrator. She has clinical expertise in substance use disorder, and humanitarian and disaster response. Dr. Bernhardt is an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she teaches theory and leadership in the DNP program.

  • BSN, Nursing, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA 
  • MSN, Primary Care Nursing in Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 
  • MSHA, Health Services Administration, St. Joseph’s College, Windham, ME
  • PhD,  Nursing and Health Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Her doctoral research focused on the influence of health insurance toward reducing obesity in young adults. Jean's areas of interest are strengthening the role of ambulatory care nursing, contributions of the nurse in the care of patients with substance use disorder, nurse leader development and practice, and executive leadership practice.

Dr. Bernhardt has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Bernhardt's publications on ResearchGate or in her CV. 

COVID-19 Clinics: How it all started.

Nurse Sensitive Indicators in the Care of Patients with Opioid Use Disorder.

Perceptions of Clinical Leaders’ Abilities to Lead COVID-19 Clinics.

COVID-19 pandemic creates new roles for advanced practice providers.

Creating clinical nurse leaders in the midst of COVID- 19 outbreak.


See ResearchGate Profile 


In addition, Dr. Bernhardt regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

2022 Naloxone and Addictions Care at American Osteopathic Association Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Conference.

Examination of Changes in Interprofessional Staff Perceptions of Role and Preparedness Throughout the COVID Pandemic at Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Conference.

Nurse Sensitive Indicators as a Framework for Office-Based Addiction Nursing Practice at American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing Care 47th Annual Conference.

Creating Nurse Leaders During the COVID-19 Pandemic at American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

2022 Evercare Group Hospitals Nurse Leadership Training at MGH Center for Global Health in Collaboration Evercare Southeast Asia & Africa

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Awards and Honors

Lorenzo Lewis Leadership Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2021

Charlestown Healthcare Center. For exemplary leadership and commitment to the community.

Primary Care Leadership Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2020

In recognition of being a superior visionary and an exceptional team member who is consulted by colleagues whenever difficult situations arise

Pat Kerrins Career Award for Dedication and Service to a Community Leader in Field of Health Care, 2010

Mary Lyon Foundation