image of Theresa Brown in blue scrubs and stethoscope


Winner of the 2019 Blackwell Prize in Writing, Theresa Brown's most recent book The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives was a New York Times Bestseller and chronicles one day in the professional life of the nurse on the oncology ward of a busy teaching hospital. Brown is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and her writing has appeared on, and in The American Journal Of NursingThe Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and has been adopted as textbooks in Schools of Nursing across the country. She has appeared on MSNBC Live and NPR's Fresh Air

Brown works as a clinical nurse in hospice in Pittsburgh, where she also earned her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she received a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. In addition to her nursing work, Brown is on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. She lectures nationally and internationally on issues related to nursing, health care, and end of life.