Santa Monica College continues its Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series this spring with a special presentation by Theresa Brown, PhD, RN, on “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient.” The presentation includes an audience Q&A.

The presentation is free, and will be held online as a live virtual event at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3. A Zoom link will be posted with the listing shortly before the event on May 3 on the SMC Events calendar at To attend, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at

Brown, the author of the recently released Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient (Algonquin Books, 2022), is an oncology nurse who will discuss her personal story of being a patient diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Brown is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, where she writes about nursing and health care. She also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, which portrays one real shift worked by a hospital nurse. Her Opinion series, “Bedside,” examined health care from a nurse’s point of view. She has also written for, The Journal of the American Medical Association,, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The event is sponsored by the SMC Associates ( — a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus — and the SMC English Department.

More information is available by calling the SMC Office of Public Programs at 310-434-4100.

Submitted by Grace Smith