Stephanie W. Ahmed, DNP, NP-BC

Executive Director for Clinical Effectiveness, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Practice Location:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA 

Describe why you chose to become an NP.

I became a nurse practitioner because I wanted to be able to contribute to the care of patients in a way that offered greater autonomy in my practice

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

I truly believe I made a difference in the lives of many of the patients I cared for and that the benefits of those relationships are bi-directional, we the provider also benefit. I was on the team that performed the first face transplant here in Boston, there is no question that case was meaningful and certainly garnered a lot of media attention, but when I think about my role and contributions, I know that I have done a lot of work advancing full practice authority legislation and creating access to Primary Care. While this work does not gain a lot of media attention, the impact of that work is deep and is enormously rewarding to me.

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

Being an NP allows us the honor of intersecting with patients and families during those most vulnerable moments of their lives. I have loved the work and it has been important to me to know that I have made a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

In my role, I create capacity for the practice of other APRNs including nurse practitioners. I think the greatest challenge we are experiencing across all roles is the fact that the environment of practice in the state of Massachusetts is so significantly restricted. Patients and families need unrestricted access to our care – from routine Primary Care to addressing the state’s substance use disorder epidemic, the NP workforce is not able to be positioned to address these issues with our current Nurse Practice Act.

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

1. Remember you are a member of a discipline - nursing, do not lose your nursing identity. While we enjoy a scope of practice overlap with medicine, how nurses approach the care of patients is different than the medical model.
2. Know your outcomes and your value.