January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Alison B. Davis, MSN, ACNP-BC, CHFN • 38 • Manchester

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Say yes to as many opportunities as possible.

Why did you choose your profession?

As a child I had a heart condition that landed me in the emergency room frequently. From that point on the only career I ever envisioned was to be a nurse. Those medical experiences in my youth gave me a unique perspective on the symptoms I now treat in my patients, as well as the importance of compassionate care.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Don’t get discouraged when life doesn’t go as planned, it will actually all work out and you’ll grow immeasurably from those experiences.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I think New Hampshire is a hidden gem, we just need to highlight our assets more! For example, previously having worked at academic hospitals in big cities, I figured that a career in a N.H. hospital would be slower paced and more routine. Instead, I’ve taken care of incredibly complex patients and had the opportunity to get hands on involvement with cutting edge technologies that I might not otherwise have had access to as a nurse practitioner in a bigger city program. Plus being just a car ride away from major cities, Canada, oceans and mountains enhances the work-life balance options.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I would like to be entering a doctorate of nursing program (DNP) and helping my daughter with her homework.

What was your last major achievement?

I delivered two presentations on original research at an international heart failure conference (the 21st Annual Scientific meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America) in Dallas, Texas, in September 2017.

Volunteer activities: I started a successful support group at CMC for patients with advanced heart failure and their loved ones to meet and share experiences and offer camaraderie as they live with the challenging chronic illness of heart failure and face the life-changing prospect of therapies such as a heart transplants. It has been an honor to share in their journey outside of the clinical setting and it has allowed our group of providers to better understand the real world challenges these patients face. I am also the Northern New England Cardiovascular Team (CVT) representative for the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where I recently had the opportunity to meet with federal legislators regarding important issues affecting cardiac patients and their access to care.