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Faculty Spotlight- Jean Boucher

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

boucher1.jpgFaculty Spotlight
Here at the Graduate School of Nursing, our faculty is dedicated to our students and committed to helping them grow into the next practice-focused and research-focused doctorally prepared nurses and leaders. They work day-in and day-out to make ensure student success. As a token of appreciation for our faculty, we have started a faculty spotlight! Once a month, we will choose a faculty member to showcase why they are so special to the GSN. This month, we interviewed Jean Boucher. Jean is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine as well as the DNP Program Director. The following are questions we asked Jean about herself and her work with the GSN:

Q: How long have you been at UMass?

A: I have been at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing since 2000 when I began working part time as a clinical instructor while I also working at UMass Memorial Medical Center as an oncology nurse practitioner. UMass has been good to me as I have been able to advance myself in my nursing career through various roles since starting as an RN in 1984 on a medical cardiac floor to where I am today as in my roles as nursing faculty and an adult nurse practitioner.

Q: What is your favorite part about working in the Graduate School of Nursing?

A: My favorite part about working in the Graduate School of Nursing has been evolving the advanced practice NP and doctoral clinical practice degree (DNP) along with many nursing and medical colleagues as partners to enhance patient care and best practice. We have an exemplar cohort of faculty, students, and administrative staff who bring incredibly enriching diverse backgrounds, abilities and viewpoints that enrich our GSN community and interprofessional collaboration within the medical school in our community.

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

A: My hobbies include golfing and biking in the summer while I love to walk my dog, hang out with family and friends, time at the beach or walking in the snow, watch a beautiful sunset, and visit very special places in Maine.

Q: What is the most helpful advice you have received?

A: The most helpful advice I have received has been provided along my journey over many years from role modeling and peer support given by incredible nurses and nurse leaders early on and throughout my career to allow me to follow my passion, advocate for patients, be sensitive, compassionate and caring, treat the whole person, and always take the extra minute to get to know the patient/family you are caring for no matter how busy you are. Presence, caring and hope are most essential.

Q: When did you start being interested in your career?

A: I started becoming interested in nursing while working in a nursing home in high school where I fell in love with the patients and met the most caring, kind hearted registered nurse who inspired me to become a nurse.

Q: Who has influenced you the most?boucher4 (2).jpg

A: There have been many influential persons in my career while my parents were instrumental in emphasizing the importance of giving help to those in need or less fortunate. There are numerous individual patient’s stories and experiences that have so touched and inspired me along the way in my career that have sustained me. I am most grateful to have had the privilege to care for so many wonderful patients/families, work with incredible nurses and colleagues, and to teach many gifted nurses and nurse practitioners. I will always see myself as a nurse first while I love being a nurse practitioner and educator.