Nurse Author Theresa Brown on When a Nurse Becomes a Patient

On episode 375 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews renowned NY Times bestselling nurse author Theresa Brown, PhD, BSN, RN regarding her latest memoir, Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient. In this beautiful and powerful book, Theresa describes an encounter with her own diagnosis of breast cancer and the often maddening American healthcare system, including a shocking lack of compassion, and egregiously poor communication on the part of healthcare professionals she encountered on her journey. Join Keith and Theresa for a personal and poignant discussion of life on the other side of the stethoscope.


Theresa Brown is a nurse and writer who lives in Pittsburgh. Her third book — Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient — was published in April 2022. It explores her diagnosis of and treatment for breast cancer in the context of her own nursing work. Her book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, was a New York Times Bestseller.

Theresa has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and her writing has appeared on, in The American Journal of Nursing, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Theresa has been a guest on MSNBC Live and NPR’s Fresh Air. Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between is her first book that chronicles her initial year of nursing, and has been adopted as a textbook by schools of nursing across the country.

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