Jeanne Geiger-Brown PhD, RN, FAAN
Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, is internationally known for her research in adverse outcomes of occupational sleep deficiency. Her most outstanding contribution to nursing comes from the translation of her sleep research. She raised public awareness about fatigue among nurses working long shifts as well as health care practices and policies regarding nurse work schedules. Evidence of sustained practice change resulting from her research studies included the adoption of limits on the number of consecutive 12-hour shifts in some hospitals, and the use of brief naps to reduce fatigue and sleepiness during the night shift. These changes have the potential to affect patient safety and quality of care, as well as the health and safety of nurses.
Dr. Geiger-Brown comes from the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Stevenson University where, as founding dean, she championed the use of meta-cognition techniques to help failing students to improve their academic performance. She also successfully completed a CCNE accreditation process for their graduate program in nursing. Prior to that, she spent 16 years in teaching, research, and faculty governance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.