Warwick's is hosting clinical RN Theresa Brown on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new memoir, The Shift.
Theresa Brown received her B.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh and, during what she calls her past life, a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. Brown is a regular contributor to the New York Times blog "Well." Her essay "Perhaps Death Is Proud; More Reason to Savor Life" was included inThe Best American Science Writing 2009 and The Best American Medical Writing 2009.
This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a hospital's cancer ward.
In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. In Brown's skilled hands—as both a dedicated nurse and an insightful chronicler of events—we are given an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country, and by shift's end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and healing and humanity.
Every day, Theresa Brown holds patients' lives in her hands. On this day there are four. There is Mr. Hampton, a patient with lymphoma to whom Brown is charged with administering a powerful drug that could cure him—or kill him; Sheila, who may have been dangerously misdiagnosed; Candace, a returning patient who arrives (perhaps advisedly) with her own disinfectant wipes, cleansing rituals, and demands; and Dorothy, who after six weeks in the hospital may finally go home.
Prioritizing and ministering to their needs takes the kind of skill, sensitivity, and, yes, humor that enable a nurse to be a patient's most ardent advocate in a medical system marked by heartbreaking dysfunction as well as miraculous success.
Wed May 4 @ 7pm – Make sure to be “on call” this evening when the library welcomes bestselling author and registered nurse Theresa Brown for a special talk.
Ms. Brown’s The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives is a day-in-the-life account of a nurse and has been praised by readers and critics alike – even meriting a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List. She’ll speak about her writing, her experiences as a nurse, and what life is like as a health professional in Pittsburgh.
Love Made Visible: The Joys & Pains of Oncology Nursing
As an oncology nurse, the poetic line, "Work is love made visible," succinctly expresses what is great and what is hard about the job. Explore the psychosocial challenges faced by oncology nurses, arguing in the end that joy in the work can be restorative (in conjunction with great colleagues, time for self care, a supportive administration, and the ability to reflect).
The Mara Mogensen Flaherty Lecture is generously supported by the ONS Foundation.
Authors bring higher ed and healthcare hot topics to campus
Jeff Selingo and Theresa Brown to discuss recent books
Feb 15, 2016
From staff reports
The College of Health Sciences and Professions is bringing two noted authors to campus in February and March to discuss higher education and healthcare issues and solutions.
On Feb. 23, CHSP and the Provost’s Office will cosponsor former Chronicle of Higher Education Editor Jeff Selingo, who will discuss his most recent book, “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.”
Called “one of the most respected observers of American higher education,” Selingo reflects on the various trends and issues that will define the future of higher education. He raises a number of provocative thoughts regarding today’s college students and how institutions can most effectively respond to the dramatically shifting environment for higher education in America.
Selingo will discuss what students and parents should look for when trying to select the “right college” and the crucial role of technology in increasing access to high quality education regardless of budget or location.
Whereas Selingo takes a broad view of his topic, former English graduate and current critical-care nurse Theresa Brown, in “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives,” takes an intimate, personal approach to a profession that faces issues similar to those of higher education: how to successfully balance business realities with a humanitarian mission, and the advantages and disadvantages that technology presents.
As she will discuss during the lecture on March 30, both Brown and her patients have experienced first-hand the challenges of modern healthcare, which have led to patients fearing drug-resistant infections and to Brown working 12 hours straight, often skipping meals and breaks to make sure questions are answered, comfort is offered and medicines are given on time.
By inviting readers to join her “on the floor,” Brown puts a human face on such abstract issues as professional respect, interdisciplinary approaches to treatment, the complexity of treating cancer and the financial aspects of medicine at every level.
Both authors will also meet with students on campus and will answer questions after each lecture.
Selingo will speak at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Baker Center 240-242. His lecture is going to be livestreamed athttps://www.ohio.edu/mediaserver/live.cfm?videoid=fe3c69d12e70.
Brown will speak at noon, Wednesday, March 30, at Walter Hall Rotunda. For more information contact Jenni Young firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of its celebration of Women’s History Month, Carlow University will welcome best-selling author Theresa Brown for a free reading on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 4 p.m. in the Kresge Center, located on the fifth floor of University Commons, on the Carlow campus.
Brown, who holds both a nursing degree and a PhD in English, provides a compelling insider’s view of the nursing profession in the two books she has authored. Her most recent book, The Shift, is about 12 hours in an oncology ward in a busy teaching hospital. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Brown was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air.
“Brown’s book,” says Anne Rashid, PhD, Carlow University’s director of Women’s and Gender Studies and an associate professor of English, “is a testament to all the work nurses do and the humanity they show their patients on a daily basis. Theresa is a wonderful role model, since she transformed her life in order to be of service to others. We are delighted to have her visit Carlow for this reading, and we think it will be of great interest to students, faculty, and community members – not only in the health care field – but across all disciplines.”
The event on March 17 begins with Brown reading from The Shift, followed by a question and answer session. At 5 p.m., there will be a reception and book signing in the lobby area immediately outside of the Kresge Center.
The reading, which is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee at Carlow, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Anne Rashid at email@example.com or (412) 578-6359.
Annual McGehee Memorial Lecture with Theresa Brown, RN, author of THE SHIFT - Why I write: How reflection and self-expression make me a better caregiver
Jordan Hall Auditorium
March 16, 2016 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Please join us for the annual Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture with an inspiring talk by author Theresa Brown, RN, who recently penned The Shift: One nurse, twelve hours, and four patients’ lives.
Brown, a former Tufts University English professor who turned to nursing as a second career, will be in Charlottesville as an invited author for the Virginia Festival of the Book. Her talk – “Why I write: How reflection and self-expression make me a better
caregiver” – is jointly sponsored by the School of Nursing, The School of Medicine, and Hospital Drive magazine. Dr. Marcia Childress will serve as moderator.
"A Clinical Shift: Bridging the MD/RN Gap"
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
Theresa Brown, RN, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times opinion page and a leading voice on health care. With “The Shift,” she offers a vivid first-hand account of one shift on the floor of a cancer ward and opens our eyes to the intense, frustrating, and often joyful profession. Brown reveals how nurses advocate for their patients, explain treatment to families, make dozens of medical decisions, interact with doctors and hospital staff, and keep their own emotions in check.
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Theresa Brown, RN, works as a clinical nurse. Her regular column appears on the New York Times opinion pages as well as on the Times Opinionator blog. She has also been a contributor to the popular “Well” section of that paper and writes for CNN.com and other national media. Brown received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and, during what she calls her past life, a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Before becoming a nurse she taught English at Tufts University. Today, her focus is medical oncology and end-of-life issues. She lectures nationally, is a board member of the Center for Health Media and Policy at the Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. Brown was a panelist for the TEDMED's Great Challenges of Health and Medicine initiative and is also involved in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Flip the Clinic" initiative and an advisory board member for Scrubs Magazine. She lives with her husband and three children in Pennsylvania.