Alison McManus, DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Research Nurse Manager and a Principal Investigator in the Alzheimer’s Clinical Translational Research Unit of the Arnold Lab

 

My inspiration comes from family. I began studying microbiology and decided I needed a change. My father studied chemical engineering and I know he was trying to hide his disappointment when I switched paths. My grandmother graduated as a midwife in 1932 and I had long been fascinated with her stories of childbirth in the 30s and 40s—both the good and the bad. After several months of serious consideration, I decided to follow in her footsteps and pursue nursing. Two months into my second-year nursing school, my parents were killed in a car accident and I was devastated. Six weeks later, I found out I was pregnant. I graduated eight months pregnant and went on to pass my nursing board exams and deliver a healthy daughter.

I know that once I started my nursing career, my drive to make my parents proud meant that I never looked back. Over the next 26 years, I was constantly driven to excel in my education and career. I am inspired every day as I know that my grandmother and my parents have watched my journey and continue to watch as I work with a world-class team at Mass General in the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.