On episode 286 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career and healthcare podcast, Keith interviews Theresa Brown, PhD (English), BSN, RN, FAAN, a New York Times nurse columnist and best-selling author, regarding the state of 21st-century nursing, being a nurse writer, COVID-19, and a variety of compelling topics of interest to nurses and healthcare professionals alike.

Theresa Brown, RN, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives. The Shift portrays one real shift worked by a hospital nurse, showing 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. Her quarterly column in The American Journal of Nursing called “What I’m Reading” 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. 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, is used as a textbook at schools of nursing around the country.

A native of Missouri, Brown has a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and taught English for three years at Tufts University. She stayed home with her three children after working at Tufts and was inspired by them to return to school and become a nurse, leaving academia behind. It is a career change she has never regretted.

To learn more about Brown, visit her website: TheresaBrownRN.com or on Twitter.

The calculation described by Theresa during this episode is: RN/P = TLC


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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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