On October 25, Yale University School of Nursing hosted a talk by Theresa Brown, RN, the 2011 Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale. Each year, the fellowship brings renowned journalists to campus.
The event highlighted a leading voice in health care. Brown is a practicing nurse and a regular contributor to the New York Times blog “Well” and CNN.com. She recently published the book, Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between.
"Patients come to the hospital for nursing care—an obvious truth often overlooked by doctors, administrators, patients, and even some nurses," Brown said. "Nurses must tell our stories to make our value clear. The Poynter Fellowship gave me a great opportunity to come to Yale and link nursing practice and the importance of nurses' narratives."
YSN faculty member Mark Lazenby nominated Brown for the fellowship because her writing is a frequent topic of conversation among his students. Lazenby teaches oncology nursing, and Brown practices bedside nursing for cancer patients.
“We’re at a pivotal time in health care reform, in which nursing needs to find a voice,” Lazenby said. “Brown tells the narratives of nursing in a way that others can recognize the importance of nursing.”
Prior to becoming a nurse, Brown obtained a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and taught literature for three years. After deciding to pursue a second career, she received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh. Brown lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, their three children, and their dog. Visit her online at www.theresabrownrn.com.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism plays a unique role in the educational life of Yale University. Nelson Poynter (Yale, M.A. 1927) established the program to enable Yale to bring to its campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. By sponsoring symposia and conferences on issues of broad public concern and by bringing to the university some of the most outstanding journalists from the United States and abroad, the Poynter Fellowship has helped Yale students and faculty gain special insight into the media and its role in contemporary culture.