Dr. Brown is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Washington. As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a specialization in women's health, she practices at UWMC Women's Health Care Clinic providing primary care to women across the lifespan. She is nationally certified as a FNP and a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Specialist.
Over the past four decades Dr. Brown has successfully combined research, teaching and clinical practice and served as a leader in the nurse practitioner movement on local and national levels. Dr. Brown has been honored by her colleagues and students and received the School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award. National awards include: the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Achievement in Research Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She has been honored as the Nurse Practitioner of the Year from the American Nurses Association. She has received the Outstanding Researcher Award by the Washington State Nurses Association. To acknowledge her leadership contributions, Dr. Brown was also elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Brown has authored over 90 research and clinically oriented publications. She chose collaborative scholarly activities and virtually all her work as been with a variety of colleagues. She co-authored 3 books, the most recent of which is The ARNP as a Prescriber (with Dr. Louise Kaplan). She has studied and worked clinically with patients and families facing the chronic and life threatening illness of HIV and cancer. She co-authored a book for family caregivers based on her research and her expertise as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Specialist. She also studied and cared for women with chronic, subsyndromal depression. Her research in this area demonstrated the effectiveness of a program of light, exercise and vitamins. She then co-authored a popular book "When Your Body Gets the Blues." This book was listed as one of the top 100 best books by the UW Bookstore. Numerous magazines and newspapers have featured stories about her work, and the LEVITY Program from her research was showcased in a one-hour special on the national Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Dr. Brown gives Body Blues talks and workshops to health professionals and to the general public across the country.
Dr. Brown has contributed important research data about advanced practice nurses, in particular pioneer NPs and novice NPs. In 1983, she led the first state-wide survey of all Advanced Practice Nurses in the state, which was the first of its kind in the country. She and Dr. Kaplan completed a longitudinal study of the prescribing practices of Washington State NPs in relation to their use of schedule 2-4 medications. They focused on the adoption of the new law and challenges faced by NPs with full-prescriptive authority including controlled substances and their research spurred the creation of their new book about Advanced Practice Registered Nurses as Prescribers.
Dr. Brown has conducted multiple research projects about women's issues. She studied women who had chronic problems with premenstrual syndrome. She included their partners to further understand the effect of PMS on family functioning. She has also conducted research on the effects of stress and support on the health of expectant fathers and mothers and work issues faced by pregnant women.
Dr. Brown has taught numerous courses and has been an invited lecturer in nursing and health science courses during her tenure with UW. Recent course examples are: Leadership and Role development for APRNs, Loss and Grief in Clinical Practice, Health Assessment for Advanced Practice, and Appraising Evidence for Practice.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
Dr. Brown has served the nurse practitioner community locally and nationally since the early 1970s. One example is her contribution to the Board of Directions of several national organizations as well as President and Secretary of those Boards. Most recently she spearheaded the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington. In 2004, she led the UW School of Nursing Task Force that developed the proposal approved by graduate faculty, the State Board of Higher Education and the Board of Regents. She was the chair of the DNP Coordinating Committee (2006-2009) that developed and implemented the program with her faculty colleagues. Dr. Brown obtained a training grant from HRSA to implement the DNP program. She has worked on DNP issues at the national level with the National Organization of NP Faculties. Dr. Brown was a key contributor to the DNP Competencies Task Force and DNP Committee. Over the past 5 years she has given multiple presentations nationally and locally about the DNP.
Dr. Brown has designed and implemented a variety of research projects within four major areas of study over her career: professional issues for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), chronic and life-threatening illness, development of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and women's health issues. Evaluation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Washington. Nurse Practitioner Experiences with Schedule II-IV Drugs: Follow-up After Full Prescriptive Authority Implemented Nurse Practitioners Experiences with Prescribing or Providing Schedule II-IV Drugs: A Focus Group perspective Does Prescribing with Indirect Physician Involvement Eliminate Barriers to Prescribing? Barriers to NP Practice Due to the Lack of Schedule II-IV Prescriptive Authority. Evaluation of the Impact of Autonomous Prescriptive Authority on Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Practice in Washington State. Enhancing Health Care Delivery in Southwest Washington Through the Utilization of Advanced Practice Nurses. LEVITY: Light, Exercise and Vitamin Therapy Intervention for Women with Subsyndromal Symptomatic Depression Tapping the Wisdom of Pioneer Nurse Practitioners The Experience of Novice Nurse Practitioners" HIV Symptoms, Engagement, Adherence and Quality of Life Group Intervention to Support Rural and Home Bound Caregivers of Persons with AIDS and Advanced Cancer The Experience of Caring for a Family Member with AIDS Working with AIDS: Job Stress, Support & Satisfaction in Professional Caregivers" Home Based Care for Persons With AIDS: Experiences of Family Caregivers Advanced Nursing Practice in Washington State: A Statewide Survey Work and Family Roles of Women: Sources of Stress and Coping Strategies Characteristics of Women Seeking Medical Care for Perimenstrual Distress Support, Stress and Health at Two Phases of the Menstrual Cycle: A Study of Individual & Family Functioning Social Support and Symptomatology: A Study of First-Time Expectant Parents"