For more than four decades, Dr. Marie Annette Brown has been a true leader in the nursing profes­sion and the Nurse Practi­tioner movement. She is an educator, a clinical practi­tioner, a researcher, an author, an advisor, a mentor, and a speaker. And that’s just the beginning.

Marie Annette was one of the first Nurse Practi­tioners to combine a contin­uous clinical practice and full-time teaching with an active program of research, commu­nity service, and leader­ship on local, national and inter­na­tional levels. For many years, she has served both as a Professor of Nursing at the Univer­sity of Washington and a primary care provider and nurse practi­tioner at the UW Medical Center Women’s Health Care Clinic. She was selected in 2014 by Seattle Met as one of the area’s Top Doctors and Nurses.” 

Marie Annette has been devoted to improving the quality of patient care and promoting evidence-based clinical practice throughout her career. She has conducted research, published, presented and applied in practice on health­care topics including the effect of premen­strual sympta­mo­tology on women, their partners and family; the role of light, exercise and vitamin therapy on women with depres­sion and anxiety; and how pregnancy affects women, their partners and families. 

Marie Annette has authored more than 90 research and clini­cally oriented publi­ca­tions. Her research into and care for women with chronic, subsyn­dromal depres­sion reached the wider public with the publi­ca­tion of When Your Body Gets the Blues, which she co-authored. 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. 

Marie Annette was also an early leader in the practice community’s clinical response to the needs of family caregivers for people living with AIDS. At a time when Seattle, the State and the nation were reeling from the physical and emotional loss that resulted from the AIDS epidemic, Marie Annette’s work promoted a more humane and just approach to nursing and health care for people too often stigma­tized. She shared her insights with the public as co-author of the book Caring for a Loved One with AIDS. Her exper­tise resulted in selec­tion as the 1994 – 95 co-chair of the Washington State Depart­ment of Health’s Women and AIDS Task Force. 

As an educator, Marie Annette has influ­enced the profes­sional careers of many thousands of students who have flocked to the UW from across the nation. Her academic career at the UW began in 1979 while she was studying as part of the first class of PhD students at the UW School of Nursing. Marie Annette has been leading the way’ at the UW ever since. Her contri­bu­tions to educa­tion in Washington state include serving as one of the first coordi­na­tors of the UW’s family nurse practi­tioner master’s program in the early 1980s and coordi­nating the creation and imple­men­ta­tion of the UW’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for both post-BSN and post-MN students between 2004 and 2009. 

Marie Annette’s teaching career includes teaching graduate students in a wide variety of clinical and didactic courses relevant to Nurse Practi­tioner practice. She has mentored thousands of students and nurses in the clinical, educa­tional and research process. In 1995, she received the UW School of Nursing Excel­lence in Teaching Award.Marie Annette is recog­nized nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally as a leader in the Nurse Practi­tioner movement. She was a founding member of the National Organi­za­tion of Nurse Practi­tioner Facul­ties and served in multiple leader­ship roles including presi­dent and vice-presi­dent. She was on the organization’s task force that devel­oped compe­ten­cies for DNP educa­tion. In 2011, she was invited to present about her DNP contri­bu­tions at the American Associ­a­tion of Colleges of Nursing’s doctoral and master’s confer­ences. Her consulting on NP educa­tion has taken her not only across the United States, but also to Thailand and Japan in support of the devel­op­ment of nurse practi­tioner education. 

Marie Annette has received numerous awards, including Nurse Practi­tioner of the Year from the American Nurses Associ­a­tion and the Achieve­ment in Research Award from the National Organi­za­tion of Nurse Practi­tioner Facul­ties. For these and so many other lasting contri­bu­tions Dr. Marie Annette Brown has made to the field of nursing and the Nurse Practi­tioner movement, she was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame in 2016.