2022 Visiting Fellow - Theresa Brown

The Women's Leadership Institute is excited to bring Theresa Brown to campus the week of March 14, 2022.

Theresa Brown is a BSN, RN, and NY Times Bestselling Author of The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives. Brown is a frequent contributor to the New York TimesShe speaks nationally on topics relating to nursing, health care and end of life. Her first book, Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between (2010), is used as a text-book at schools of nursing around the country.

Topics Fellow Brown covers are U.S. health care why it's broken, how we can fix it; healing the health care system what I learned as a patient; nurses matter; what “the most trusted profession” means; challenges of RNS & MDS working together; how I came to write about nursing and why it makes me a better nurse.

Please contact Anne Kahl at kahla@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3248 with interest and questions.

About the Visiting Fellows Program

For more than 45 years, the Visiting Fellows Program (VFP) offered through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students, faculty members and the local community. The program exposes students to outstanding individuals in professional fields to discuss and contemplate the sometimes irregular paths Fellows took before achieving eminence in their chosen vocations. Through a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.

About the Speaker

Theresa Brown is a registered nurse, nursing instructor, and author. Her New York Times bestseller, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives (2015), portrays one real shift worked by a hospital nurse. It shows a day-in-the life of an RN, but also all the life in one day in the hospital. Brown is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, where she writes about nursing and health care. Her Opinion series, “Bedside,” examined health care from a nurse’s point of view. One of her columns for the New York Times “Well” blog earned Brown an invitation to the White House, where President Obama quoted her in defense of the Affordable Care Act. Brown has written for CNN.com, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Slate.com, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and has a quarterly column in The American Journal of Nursing called “What I’m Reading,” that discusses books of interest to nurses. She has been interviewed on the NPR program “Fresh Air” and has appeared on “Hardball,” “20/20” and NPR’s Talk of the Nation

Brown's BSN is from the University of Pittsburgh. Brown earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and taught English for three years at Tufts University before returning to school to become a nurse. In addition to her clinical work in hospice, Theresa is on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and she lectures nationally and internationally on issues related to nursing, health care, and end of life.

The Visiting Fellows Program Sponsors

Virginia Cornyn ’62 and Nancy Cheski ‘65

Past Speakers

Spring 2021 - Callie Crossley

Fall 2020 - Eleanor Clift

Fall 2019 - Fania Davis