Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient (A FAN Program with Theresa Brown, Ph.D., BSN, RN)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Theresa Brown, Ph.D., BSN, RN, author of the new book, Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient. Brown will be interviewed by Danielle Ofri, MD, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Healing from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Brown that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: From the mammogram that would change her life through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, New York Times bestselling author Theresa Brown, Ph.D., BSN, RN, tells a poignant and powerful story about having breast cancer in the United States in her new memoir, Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient. She presents an honest – and rare – look at struggling with the illness while navigating the maze of American health care from the unique standpoint of both a patient and a practitioner.

Despite her training and years of experience as an oncology and hospice nurse, Brown finds it difficult to navigate the medical maze from the other side of the bed. Why is she so often left in the dark about procedures and treatments? Why is she expected to research her own best treatment options? Why is there so much red tape? Both unnerving and extremely relatable, her experience shows us how our for-profit health care industry “cures” us but at the same time leaves so many of us feeling alienated and uncared for. As she did so brilliantly in her New York Times bestseller, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, Brown relays the unforgettable details of her daily life—the needles, the chemo drugs, the rubber gloves, the bureaucratic frustrations—but this time from her new perch as a patient, looking back at some of her own cases and considering what she didn’t know then about the warping effects of fear and the healing virtues of compassion.

About the Author: Theresa Brown, Ph.D., BSN, RN, is a nurse and writer who lives in Pittsburgh. Her third book, Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient, 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. Brown has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and her writing has appeared on CNN.com, and in The American Journal of Nursing, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She 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. It chronicles her initial year of nursing and has been adopted as a textbook in Schools of Nursing across the country. Brown's BSN is from the University of Pittsburgh, and she received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago.

About the Interviewer: Danielle Ofri, MD, Ph.D. is a primary-care internist at Bellevue Hospital and clinical professor of medicine at New York University. She is one of the foremost voices in the medical world today, shining an unflinching light on the realities of healthcare and speaking passionately about the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Ofri is editor-in-chief of Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting, and her writing appears in The New Yorker, the New York TimesThe Lancet, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her newest book is When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error. Her essays have been selected by Stephen Jay Gould, Oliver Sacks, and Susan Orlean for Best American Essays (twice) and Best American Science Writing. She has received the McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association and is also the recipient of the 2020 National Humanism in Medicine Medal from the Gold Foundation.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom Webinar!
Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient By Theresa Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Algonquin Books - April 12th, 2022

“A stunning book that helped me understand how to survive a serious illness and how to understand hospitals in general.