NEW YORK NURSE: May 2011
by Alison Munday
Tracey Brown joined the New York State Nurses Association staff in July 2010 as a regional coordinator for the Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses (SPAN) program, a resource for RNs coping with chemical dependency problems. Brown previously worked with chemically dependent and mentally ill clients in the Pederson-Krag Center in Huntington, NY and at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, NY.
I was born and raised in Levittown, NY.
I graduated from Levittown Memorial High School. I earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Nassau Community College; a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Deaconness College of Nursing; and a master’s degree in nursing from Stony Brook University.
My last ten years in nursing were spent in the chemical dependency field. Honestly, my good friend held the SPAN Regional Coordinator position before me and recommended that I apply.
I spend my free time at my daughter Meg’s lacrosse games (she plays for Adelphi University), and I run a support group at my church.
I love animals and would live on a big cat (lions, tigers, panthers) sanctuary, if I could. As it is, I have ferrets, tortoises and a hamster. We lost our Rottweiller to cancer last year. I also love to learn about human behavior and why we do what we do. I use that information in my work with people struggling with addiction.
I have two boys and two girls. Bryan is 25, and an officer in the U.S. Army; daughter Jayni is 23, and married, and expecting our first grandchild this month! Alden is 21, a singer and music minister in my church, Praise Tabernacle in Massapequa; and Meg is 20, and studying criminal justice at Adelphi University. I also have a wonderful husband!
I loved reading the Harry Potter series because they were fun and mindless, in the sense that they required no thought on my part. Pure entertainment.
My favorite place is anywhere there is wide open space, green grass and sunshine.
If you came for dinner at my house, you’d leave hungry. I’m not much of a cook.
I’m electronically impaired too, so I don’t have an iPod, but I do have four twenty-something year old kids who take care of my computers, HD TV and Blackberry issues for me!