Meet Our DNP Students

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Moira Brophy

Moira Brophy, B.S.N., M.A., R.N. - licensed Mental Health Counselor

Class of 2017

Berkshire Medical Center

"One thing you should realize right off the bat is that the DNP program is much more than clinical training in advance practice nursing; it encompasses healthcare policy, research methods, and informatics as well."

Robin Lawrence

Robin Lawrence, B.S.N., R.N., C.S.R.N.

Class of 2017

Baystate Medical Center

"Life has a way of providing chances and challenges we never anticipate, so here I am at the end of semester 3 of the Elm’s College Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and I keep thinking, wow, there are so many options and opportunities for me as a future DNP. "

Jeanne Betournay

Jeanne Betournay-Gamelli, '13, M.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.

Class of 2017

Baystate Noble Hospital

"I have been practicing at the bedside for 35 years and have been teaching nursing students at Elms College for 8 years. I love both the bedside practice and the teaching aspect of nursing. So, the DNP program at Elms College was a great match for my future goal of teaching more while continuing to practice at the bedside."

Grace LaValley

Grace LaValley, '06, '11, M.S.N., R.N.C.

Class of 2017

Baystate Medical Center

"There is no doubt that the DNP is demanding, and it will challenge the way you think, write, and practice, however, it is rewarding, fulfilling, and achievable. For those of you questioning if all the hard work of a DNP is of value, I would say absolutely! "

Jennifer Vallone

Jennifer Vallone, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Berkshire Medical Center

"The professors are not only knowledgeable about the content they are teaching, but passionate about nursing and education, which also engages the students.  They are fair and open, accessible both in and out of class, non-judgmental, and most importantly, thoroughly vested in our success."

Kelly Streit

Kelly Streit, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Berkshire Medical Center

"The Elms College curriculum is well developed and based on the essentials of the DNP. Each class has been carefully developed and geared to prepare each student for licensure, credentialing, and most importantly practice."

Lisa Brosnan

Lisa Brosnan, J.D., B.S.N., R.N.

Class of 2017

Baystate Medical Center

"The face of healthcare is changing, and by taking that leap and becoming a doctoral-prepared nurse, I hope to be at the forefront of this change."

Lindsay Bubar

Lindsay Bubar, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Holyoke Medical Center

"Through my journey at Elms I learned that I could be more. I chose to pursue the DNP Degree to teach the next generation of nurses, to provide the best care possible, to help move nursing in the right direction by obtaining a degree that would allow me to be that leader."

Melissa Moulton

Melissa Moulton, B.S.N., R.N.

Class of 2017

Baystate Medical Center

"Working in emergency nursing while pursuing education on evidence-based practice, problem identification, project implementation, and technology use has opened my mind to the possibility of practice change."

Dominic Kimatu

Dominic Kimatu, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Medical Resources Home Health Corp.

"Going into the first year in the Elms College DNP Program was challenging yet very rewarding. It was a wakeup call to leave my comfort zone, professionally and personally, and to explore my full potential."

Lauren Fleury

Lauren Fleury, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Berkshire Medical Center

"Moving through this program as a cohort has been a positive experience.  It allows you to get to know your classmates, which is a diverse group, and lets you hear a different perspective."

Stephanie Lagoy

Stephanie Lagoy, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Baystate Medical Center

"Who knew that the title doctor could incite so much discussion!  If nurses want to be doctors then why don’t they just go to medical school?  The reality is that nurses do not want to be doctors- nurses desire to be prepared to the highest degree to provide patients with holistic, safe, quality care and remain nurses."

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Stacy Mihlek, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Fairview Hospital

"There is no doubt that the DNP program is demanding, and it will challenge the way you think, write, and practice, however, it is rewarding, fulfilling, and achievable. For those of you questioning if all the hard work of a DNP is of value, I would say absolutely!"