Jennifer Nugent, APRN, NP-C

Practice Specialty:
Primary Care Development
DNP Education

Practice Locations:
Berkshire County, MA

Our Lady of the Elms College
Chicopee, MA


Describe why you chose to become an NP.

I chose to become an NP because I wanted to be the provider that was working most directly with my patients. I wanted to be impactful and, importantly, help support them in discovering for themselves how to live a more vital and balanced life

Describe a situation in which you made a meaningful difference in the lives of one of your patients.

In working in primary care, really listening to patients became my mission. This is not an easy mission given the time constraints we all face. In doing so, I was able to discover critical health problems and also create relationships where trust became the basis for considering addiction treatment. To see a patient thrive beyond what they ever saw possible for themselves creates my larger purpose.

What do you think is the best part of being a Nurse Practitioner?

Coaching and mentoring NP students is the very best part of being a Nurse Practitioner. To see the transition to primary decision-maker, when the knowledge and clinical savvy begins to coalesce, is so rewarding.

I have become a leader in creating financially supported medical mission training for NP students. Being an NP and creating a future foundation to support this critical work in human connection is my passion!

You can learn more about my work at:  globalconnectionsimageflyer9.pdf

Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

The greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment, in my opinion, is lack of innovation in practice structure. Being able to attend to the psychosocial realities of patient’s lives is paramount to changing the course of people lives.

What is the best advice you have been given or would give to a student entering the profession?

1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
2. Don’t apologize for having questions- this is the greatest strength you will have.
3. Remain completely teachable and compassionate- this is your superpower in this business of healthcare.