Linda Campbell directs the Department of Accelerated Nursing and Clinical Learning Unit within the Loretto Heights School of Nursing. She has been a faculty member at Regis for almost 14 years and loves having the opportunity to show how vitally important nurses are to the holistic care of patients, families, groups and communities. Linda recently shared with how her experiences help students prepare for their own careers.

Your professional history includes some business experience and a variety of nursing roles. How do these experiences come together in your role in academia? 
I initially pursued a business career, but I felt called to serve others and saw nursing as a vocation where I believed I could make a difference. My own nursing career has included work in a surgical ICU, in-home health care, for a company that provided “ask-a-nurse” services and community health nursing. I wouldn’t have been able to predict it at the time, but my business background has made me more organized, cost-conscious and focused on outcomes in everything I do. 

Today, the breadth and depth of my experiences enables me to offer nursing students firsthand insight into the variety of roles and opportunities available to them, while helping them to see the the power they have in caring for others. Nurses are able to convey to patients that patients’ lives remain full of potential, even when faced with life-altering or life-ending prognoses. 

What appealed to you about teaching and working at Regis?
I was magnetized to the Jesuit principle of the magis – the idea of doing more for the greater good. The Regis mission calls faculty not only to teach and engage in research (scholarship) but also to serve the University and the community. The opportunity to be part of a university with these expectations is near and dear to my heart. 

Can you share an example of applying the idea of magis in your own career? 
For myself, I particularly value my private practice in community health nursing, which involves “moving mountains” to help others use God-given gifts. One example is when I did pro bono consulting for five years with a young man who was living with quadriplegia. He had seven goals, one of which was to address the isolation brought on by living with locked-in syndrome – the condition of being awake and conscious but not having the means to communicate through speech or bodily movements. Through my ties at Regis University, he was able to become a community partner and meet so many new people. With increased confidence and resources, this young man and his caregivers have established a life with increased quality.

What advice would you offer someone considering a career in nursing? 
Consult with a “Circle of Seven,” or up to seven people who can contribute perspectives to what you are considering, until your own voice emerges and you are able to discern if nursing is a good fit.

What are your interests away from campus? 
In addition to my private nursing practice, I take an active role in philanthropy, particularly when it helps to spread the word about worthy causes. I am an honorary ambassador for UNICEF and regularly host tables for Project CURE, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Cancer Society. Of course, I love spending time with my family, which now includes two enchanting grandchildren, and keeping in touch with alumni. 

What’s your idea of a fun night out?

Going to a Moody Blues concert or a Rockies baseball game!

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