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Women’s health organization recognizes Boston College nursing educator


The National Practitioners for Women’s Health has named Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing assistant professor Allyssa L. Harris, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC, as a runner-up for its Inspire Award.

Harris was nominated by a colleague because of her “dedication and insight into the role of the women’s health nurse practitioner and the many contributions that WHNPs can make to improve the population’s health,” according to a news release.

“Dr. Harris is a true role model for aspiring nurse practitioner students,” her nominator wrote. “Her career is a living example of what a dedicated and committed nurse practitioner can accomplish. In her commitment to education, Dr. Harris ascended from her entry into nursing as an associate degree nurse in 1985 to earning her PhD in 2008. Along the way, Dr. Harris has made it her priority to continue providing optimal healthcare to women and supplying future WHNP providers by teaching students.”

Harris joined the Boston College faculty in the fall of 2007. She teaches advance practice in women’s health nursing and theoretical foundations in women’s health and pediatric nursing as well as childbearing clinical. She also gives guest lectures in advance practice in pharmacology and research.

In addition, Harris provides women’s healthcare at Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center and has held positions at Symmes Hospital and The Cambridge Hospital.

In January 2009, Harris was elected to the role of assistant department chair. Her research interests include adolescent sexual decision-making and risk behaviors and healthcare disparities. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina and her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from Boston College.

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health was founded in 1980 to assure the provision of quality healthcare to women of all ages by NPs.

NPWH represents NPs who provide care to women in the primary care setting as well as in women’s health specialty practices.


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