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Webinar: “My Superpower is Being a Nurse: Nurses’ Heroism in Times of Crisis”

November 13, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The Humanities Grand Rounds, History of Medicine Lecture for fall 2020 is “My Superpower is Being a Nurse: Nurses’ Heroism in Times of Crisis,” presented by Theresa Brown, PhD, BSN, RN, FAAN, clinical nurse and author.

Covid-19 brought nurses’ importance sharply into the public eye as never before. A look into the history of nursing shows that nurses have always stepped up in times of crisis. Florence Nightingale of course comes to mind with her work during the Crimean War, but also poet Walt Whitman, who served as a nurse during the Civil War along with abolitionist and freed slave Harriet Tubman. In this presentation, attendees will learn about these and other nurses’ heroism to realize that being a nurse really is a kind of superpower.

Brown is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives” and ” Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between.” She is a frequent contributer to the New York Times and has written for, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

She has been interviewed on the NPR program “Fresh Air” and has appeared on “Hardball,” “20/20” and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” She speaks nationally on topics relating to nursing, health care and end-of-life issues.

Learn more about Brown on her website.

Watch via Zoom

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For details, email Lori Ricard at


November 13
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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