Alumni Tale: Brianna Boulanger ’15

What did you study at UNH?

Neuroscience, Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leadership

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was transitioning from working as a registered nurse at New Hampshire Hospital, the highest acuity psychiatric facility in the state that focuses on involuntary admissions, to Riverbend Community Mental Health, an outpatient non-profit organization working with a substance use program in its infancy.

What are you doing now?

Currently, I work for Elliot Hospital in the psychiatric emergency room as well as on the behavioral health response team, responding to medical patients with psychiatric and substance use backgrounds to support both them and the staff. I also volunteer for NH Responds, an organization that responds to psychiatric emergencies in the community on a larger scale, and the Make a Wish Foundation. Lastly, I am in the process of applying to schools in order to pursue my nurse practitioner degree to help the populations that I am passionate about in a higher capacity.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH truly changed me for the better. I learned a lot of life lessons, both tough and enlightening. I started college thinking I knew what I wanted to do with my life, then stumbled through five majors in the process of finding my passion in neuroscience. As I neared the end of that degree, I hit yet another roadblock trying to discover what career I would pursue out of my undergraduate. UNH then accepted me into their graduate nursing program (DEMN), which allowed me to combine my passion for the brain with the medical field in a way I didn’t think would be possible. Looking back now, I do not know what I would have done without UNH. They supported me from 2011-2016 and I even graduated early. Without UNH, I would not be out in the world helping psychiatric patients to the capacity that I am today.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because it is truly one big family. It was a small enough school that I did not feel lost in the crowd, but big enough that I always made connections and found new opportunities. I think back fondly of my time there and will hold the memories close for years to come. The friends I made and professors that supported me are unmatched elsewhere. UNH is invested in the success of its students and the pursuit of not only a career, but a passion.