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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Keynote Speaker

northeast regional nurse practitioner conference

Connected Health:  Human Caring as a Framework for Resilience and Restored Joy in Practice 

Stephanie Ahmed, DNP, FNP-BC
Director, Ambulatory Nursing
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Ahmed serves in the capacity of Director of Ambulatory Nursing at Brigham and Women's Hospital and has a key role in leading the organization's Ambulatory care redesign initiatives. Ahmed’s breadth of responsibility across diverse Ambulatory practices has contributed to a keen understanding of nursing practice.  She is a boarded Family Nurse Practitioner with experience from community based settings to surgical care.

Ahmed has held leadership roles with several professional societies; including the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (second term President, Legislative Committee Co-Chair) and Sigma Theta Tau International (past Chapter Secretary for the Upsilon Lambda Chapter).  Ahmed currently serves at the co-chair on the RWJ funded Massachusetts Action Coalition’s APRN Scope of Practice Committee.  She had a key role in leading an assessment of the Massachusetts environment of practice and served as editor and
co-author of the state environment of practice report:  The Advanced Practice Nurse in Massachusetts.  With recognition for her inter-professional work, Ahmed, was inducted to the National Academies of Science as a distinguished fellow. She also sits as a member on the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s inter-professional APRN Task Force.  

Dr. Ahmed is editor and contributing author to DNP Education, Practice, and Policy:  Redesigning Advanced Practice Roles for the 21st Century.  Seeking to guide advanced practice nurses to meet contemporary healthcare needs, Ahmed previously served as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing, in Worcester Massachusetts, where she taught Trends in Nursing and provided instruction and oversight for the DNP Residency program. She has served in both faculty and lecture roles in various Boston-based nursing programs including the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she taught Adult Primary Care Seminar and Professional Issues in Nursing, and at Simmons College as faculty for Leadership and Management.  She has published in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited speaker and consultant internationally, supporting the development of the nascent Nurse Practitioner role and educational programs at Lovisenberg Diaconal Nursing School in Oslo, Norway. 

In the spring of 2016, Ahmed completed a six month course of study on Human Caring Theory at the Watson Caring Science Institute and is a Caritas Coach.  Immersed in the work of internationally renowned nurse theorist, Jean Watson, Ahmed recognized that Caritas is an antidote to the effects of health reform, humanizing the health care system and offering clinicians a framework upon which joy and resilience in practice can be promoted.