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Jean Bernhardt, PhD, MHSA, NHA NEA-BC, FNP-BC, CNP

Jean Bernhardt
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Nursing

Dr. Bernhardt is a family nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is also the administrative director of its, Charlestown Healthcare Center in Boston, MA.  Jean has worked in the community health center world for most of her career and has held progressive leadership positions including a chief nurse, chief compliance officer, home health director and adult day health care director positions over time.  Jean also holds an appointment at the MGH Institute of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor in the DNP program. Her academic focus is in health care administration, strategic business planning and executive leadership development.
 
Jean received her BSN from Fitchburg State College and worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston early in her career.  She received her MSN with a concentration in Primary Nursing in Society and her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Virginia.  Jean earned a MHSA from St. Joseph’s College, Windham, ME and her doctorate in the Nursing and Health Policy program at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2010. She has additional clinical training and experience in humanitarian response and caring for patients with addictions.
 
Jean has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including work in rural health, clinical and classroom instruction and as a private consultant. In addition to her certification as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Bernhardt is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified in nursing administration, advanced by the ANCC.  She has received numerous awards in recognition of outstanding performance and commitment to excellence in the areas of leadership delivery, quality and innovative service design.   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 nursing in the community, the contribution of self-care/self-management to health outcomes, the utility of policy and politics to improve health and health care services and delivery, and the application of nursing leadership toward organizational effectiveness.


Research Interests

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 nursing in the community as well as the role of nurse executives in all health care settings.


Education

BSN, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
MSN, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
MHSA, St. Joseph's College, Windham, ME
PhD,  Nursing and Health Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Dr. Bernhardt received a PhD in Nursing and Health Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a Master's in Health Services Administration from St. Joseph's College, a Post-Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate and a Master of Science in Nursing, Primary Care Nursing in Society from the University of Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae