“A trauma nurse I know told me she always looked at people’s shoes when they lay on gurneys in the emergency department. It struck her that life had still been normal when that patient put them on in the morning. Whether they laced up Nikes, pulled on snow boots or slid feet into stiletto heels, the shoes became a relic of the ordinariness of the patient’s life, before it turned savage.”
-Theresa Brown, from Sept 24 NY Times column “The Human Cost of the Second Amendment”
(10-4-2012) Noted blogger, media pundit, and oncology nurse Theresa Brown – New York Times columnist, author, and a former English professor who left academia for a career in health care – will address University of Virginia School of Nursing students at the annual Zula Mae Baber Bice Lecture on Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall Conference Center.
Brown’s lecture, "RN-MD Collaboration: A Work in Progress," will address one of the more vexed issues facing our health care system today.
In her writing, Brown regularly tackles difficult issues with poignancy: offering a glimpse of gun maiming and death in a hospital trauma unit and morgue; reminding patients, not so tongue-in-cheek, that July is the worst time for a hospital visit, given the new crop of medical residents; and the practicalities behind her support of the Affordable Care Act.
Brown is the author of “Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between” (HarperStudio 2010), which chronicles the challenges facing a first-year nurse while exploring the deep connections forged between people in the hospital. She was a regular contributor to the NYT’s “Well” section, and also writes for Scrubs magazine, CNN.com, the American Journal of Nursing and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Hunter College Center for Health, Media and Policy, and lives in Pennsylvania.
The Bice Lecture is held in conjunction with the School of Medicine’s Medical Center Hour.
Named for long-time former nursing dean Zula Mae Baber Bice (Diploma ’40), this annual lecture – which invites eminent nursing leaders to speak on pertinent health issues of the day – was established by the School of Nursing Alumni Association in 1975.
School of Nursing alumni, Health Systems employees, students, parents and the community are invited to this special event. A reception will follow this free, hour-long event.