Grace Campbell, PhD, MSW, BSN, RN, CNL, CRRN, FARN, is a new faculty member at the Duquesne University School of Nursing for the fall 2021 semester. In this Q&A, Dr. Campbell shares what drew her to nursing, education and Duquesne.
Who or what inspired you to enter the nursing profession?
I started my career as a gerontological social worker, and I loved the interpersonal interactions I had with clients, but so often I felt as if what I could offer wasn’t making a difference. In contrast, the nurses I worked with could always offer something concrete to help, even if it was as simple as repositioning. I was also intrigued by the scientific foundation of nursing—I had never liked science in school as I couldn’t see that it related to me, and I really preferred the “people” professions. Yet in nursing, there was a scientific explanation for everything, while still providing the opportunity to engage in meaningful relationships with clients or patients. I got my BSN, and it has been a fabulous fit for me. I can’t imagine myself being anything other than a nurse, educator and scientist.
What is most rewarding about being an educator?
The most rewarding thing about being an educator is mentoring students to grow and find their own passion in nursing. There are so many roles and practice settings, and there’s really something for everyone. As an educator, I get to know each student individually and learn about their skills and passions, and help them find the path that’s right for them.
As a nurse educator, what drew you to Duquesne University’s School of Nursing?
I was drawn specifically to the mission and service aspect of the faculty role at Duquesne. There is such a priority here on serving others and on teaching students to make a difference in their communities. Of course, nursing is by nature a “giving” profession, but it really is different at Duquesne, where the higher calling of service to others and to the community drives everything.
What are you most looking forward to this academic year?
This year, I’m most looking forward to building a new set of teaching and research collaborators here at Duquesne!