Micke A. Brown, BSN, RN
Steering Committee Chairperson
The Pain Community
Micke Brown is a registered pain management nurse who received her BSN from the University of Florida, Gainesville, along with advanced credentials in acute pain management from Schumpert Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana. Ms. Brown has more than 35 years experience in nursing, with 20 years in the specialty of pain management. Her career as a pain management nurse and pain advocate has included caring for and educating individuals and their families living with pain, training health care professionals about pain management, and speaking out for those affected by pain in the media, during legislative hearings, and with other decision makers about issues that impede access to quality pain care.
Ms. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors and the steering committee chairperson for The Pain Community (TPC), a non-profit, consumer-focused pain organization based out of Alamo, California; she is the former director of communications & consumer education for American Pain Foundation (APF), and past president of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN). Using her experience and commitment to quality pain care, she is working with other TPC volunteers to create a new national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build and strengthen an active and energized community of people affected by pain by providing a foundation of support where education, wellness information, and advocacy are promoted.
Her contributions to the APF were extensive. Ms. Brown helped develop and guide communications as well as educational services that provided key information for APF members and the general public while also serving as the clinical advisor to staff and volunteers. Ms. Brown’s advocacy work included working closely with the FDA safe use initiative on patient-provider agreements, presenting to a variety of professional and consumer audiences, collaborating with staff from the National Institutes of Health in the development of safe use education for complementary-alternative medicines, and leading stakeholder meetings on breakthrough cancer pain. She has also volunteered on several non-profit boards including the Maryland Pain Initiative (MPI), and Hospice of Washington County (Maryland).
In addition, Ms. Brown has contributed to the medical literature as co-author for the chapter on social, political, and ethical forces that impact pain management nursing practice published in ASPMN Core Curriculum; navigating pain care for the older adult for the Handbook of Pain Relief in Older Adults, An Evidence-Based Approach; and educating patients and caregivers about pain management for the clinician in the Handbook of Pain and Palliative Care.