Elizabeth Donahue, RN, MSN, NP-C

Elizabeth Donahue, RN, MSN, NP-C

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I am a board-certified family nurse practitioner, currently practicing adult medicine at Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Associates Longwood. Prior to that, I practiced for three years in an innovative primary care setting, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Ambulatory Practice of the Future, and for two years in a private family medicine setting. In addition, I am an advanced practice clinical preceptor for the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, teaching community health to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. In addition to my work in nursing practice and education, I have experience in public health research, having worked at the MGH Disparities Solutions Center and in the Communication Department at Boston College. My research interests include health disparities, the culturally competent provision of care, and nonverbal communication behaviors in conversations about health. I completed a Master of Science degree in nursing from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and hold memberships with several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering as a school nurse and health educator at the Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain. I travel annually to Leogane, Haiti and surrounding villages to provide nursing relief to the local Haitian community.

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August 17th, 2017

Primary Care’s Got Talent

There is one hour each day in the office that I refer to as the “golden hour” – from 6:30 to 7:30, either AM or PM. For the sake of my personal life, most days I aim to be at my desk for one of those two slots but not both. During this time, I’m usually […]


July 20th, 2017

Needing a Vacation after your Vacation? Primary Care Providers Feel the Same!

I just finished a week of vacation and, truth be told, I’m seated at a bar on this particular Sunday night seriously considering early retirement. Small problem being, at the tender age of 34, it’s probably a little too soon for this to be a feasible option. I’m trying to figure out how to make […]


June 15th, 2017

Educating Patients About HPV Vaccination Can Feel Like Peddling Snake Oil

Messaging and medicine have always gone hand in hand. A Google search for wellness products of yesteryear produces a vibrant collection of ads for lotions and potions. Cod liver oil, hair tonics, and other extracts (including opium!) were promised to keep you feeling healthy and looking great. And using medical professionals to bolster product claims has long been popular in […]


April 14th, 2017

Is There an NP on Board?

It was a moment I’d anticipated for nearly 7 years — not with excitement, but with dread. Two weeks ago, I boarded a plane, having won the lottery known as the standby list. Due to heavy wind, all flights were departing from a single runway and because of delays, the airline had thrown in a […]


March 8th, 2017

Planning for End-of-Life Care: Patients and Providers Working Together

I was sitting alone in a parking lot last Tuesday, waiting to meet one of my undergraduate students and her nursing preceptor for a hospice home visit. Little did I know, sitting there in my car, that I would not make it to that visit; instead I was redirected by a phone call to the […]


February 2nd, 2017

From Leogane to Longwood: How Different Are Our Patients?

When I worked in family medicine, I considered my practice to have two very distinct patient populations — the pediatric population I served from their birth to adolescence and the adult population — each with a very different set of needs. Now that my practice has changed and I care exclusively for patients over age […]


December 22nd, 2016

A Lesson in Hospitality

A couple of weeks ago I was wandering through the centuries-old walled city of Assisi in the central region of Italy. I was lost in the quaintness of the cobblestone streets, the piazzas, the fountains … and then curiously interested in the oldest thing I had ever seen up until that point (having not yet […]


November 16th, 2016

Before You Do Anything Else, Take a Deep Breath

Exactly one week ago I arrived at my office in a stupor that it seemed even my favorite coffee shop could not fix. I had not slept more than two hours the night before, and on top of being tired, I was emotional. I had spent too much time in the wee hours of the […]


October 14th, 2016

From the Locker Room to the Exam Room

On Sunday morning I went to an early and excruciatingly difficult barre class with a friend, after which we promptly rewarded ourselves with a decadent brunch. While walking home alone in the rain, hood drawn and head tucked down against the wind, I was taken aback when a man reached out and pushed me aside […]


September 8th, 2016

Seasons of Healthcare

Here in New England, the temperatures have started to dip in the evenings and the sun is setting earlier by the day. These changes are noted and commented upon during exchanges in coffee shops, the local market, and literally over the water cooler in my office. And this past weekend, my family, friends, and I […]


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