2022 Visiting Fellow - Theresa Brown

The Women's Leadership Institute was excited to bring Theresa Brown to Mount Mary University March 14 - 17, 2022. Theresa Brown is a PhD, 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 Times. She 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.

On March 14, 2022, the Women's Leadership Institute was pleased to have over 60 community members, students, faculty, staff, and alumnae join us for Brown's keynote presentation. This complimentary live keynote event was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Jennifer Dahlman, an assistant professor at Mount Mary University and Co-chair of the COVID Task Force for the university. The keynote, titled "Healing the Health Care System" discussed the crisis within the health care system. Brown's keynote asked us to consider our health care problems in terms of values, and discussed how renewed dedication to health care's core mission of caring could go far toward healing our broken system. 

During the week Brown participated in a Women in STEM Industry Panel discussion with the Jewel Scholars Program, was a guest lecturer for six courses including Introduction to College Writing, Nutrition Communication and Education, and Technology & Communication and Nursing Leadership, among others.  Brown had lunch with the Caroline Scholars where she discussed her call to service and how social justice comes into play in the healthcare industry and hosted an open house meet-and-greet/book signing lunch for the Mount Mary University nursing program.

About the Speaker

theresa brownTheresa 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.

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.

The Visiting Fellows Program Sponsors

Virginia Cornyn ’62, Nancy Cheski ‘65, and Linda Alvarado

Past Speakers

Spring 2021 - Callie Crossley

Fall 2020 - Eleanor Clift

Fall 2019 - Fania Davis