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May 5, 2020

2020: Year of the Nurse — An Interview with Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, PHD, RN, FAAN

“Every nurse has access to nursing research.” Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, PHD, RN, FAAN (44:30-44:34)

Are you excited to meet a nurse and mentor who has inspired new generations of nurse researchers? Check out this interview with Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, PHD, RN, FAAN for this week's episode. 

Her studies paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary investigations by researchers in the disciplines of nursing, medicine, and public health. 

Her expertise is frequently sought by national and international policymakers in exploring IPV and its health effects on families and communities.

  • She is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV). 
  • She has authored or co-authored more than 230 publications and seven books on violence and health outcomes. 
  • Her BSN, MSN, and PhD are from Duke University, Wright State University, and the University of Rochester. She teaches an undergraduate and MSN elective in Family Violence as well as in the PhD program and is the PI of an NIH-funded (T32) fellowship that provides funding for pre- and postdoctoral fellows in violence research. 
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000, Dr. Campbell also was the Institute of Medicine/American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses' Foundation Senior Scholar in Residence and was founding co-chair of the IOM Forum on the Prevention of Global Violence. 
  • She is on the Board of Directors for Futures Without Violence, is an active member of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group and has served on the boards of the House of Ruth Battered Women's Shelter and four other shelters. She was a member of the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Part One of ‘2020: Year of the Nurse (Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, PHD, RN, FAAN)’

Dr. Campbell talks about how multiple cases of domestic violence against young African-American women often occur before homicide.

“You have to be passionate about and convinced that what you are doing will help people.” — Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN (39:00)

When completing her Masters thesis in the late 1970’s, one of the stories stuck in her brain forever is about the young woman that was shot in the temple by her boyfriend whom she lived with. 

Having seen the autopsy, she had a fractured ulna. It’s the small bone in your forearm which is almost never fractured all by itself because when you fall and break your arm, you break either your radius or both bones. 

At that time, domestic violence was something that wasn't being taken into consideration in the healthcare system. Together with her interdisciplinary team, Dr. Campbell set out to change that through her work as a nurse scientist.

Part Two of ‘2020: Year of the Nurse (Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, PHD, RN, FAAN)’

Back in the 1980s, Dr. Campbell became part of a small organization called The Nursing Network On Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) which still exists today.

It is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1985 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst during the first National Nursing Conference on Violence against Women. 

Its mission is to contribute to the elimination of violence against women through education, practice, research, and public policy. 

Since 1985, the Network has widened its national focus to include education, practice, and research collaboration with nurses and other health professionals.

“2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” —  Melissa Batchelor (43:49-43:52)

Being a nurse gives you the chance to follow your passions and to improve health and well-being. Every nurse should have access to good nursing research. Nurses with PhDs help to generate new knowledge to inform practice and partnering with bedside nurses is a great way to do that – because sometimes the best nursing research questions come from the nurses who are practicing and seeing the problems. Together, we can come up with solutions and develop the evidence for practice.

About Melissa

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (‘96) and Master of Science in Nursing (‘00) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Nursing (SON). I truly enjoy working with the complex medical needs of older adults. I worked full-time for five years as FNP in geriatric primary care across many long-term care settings (skilled nursing homes, assisted living, home and office visits) then transitioned into academic nursing in 2005, joining the faculty at UNCW SON as a lecturer. I obtained my PhD in Nursing and a post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing (’11) and then joined the faculty at Duke University School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. My family moved to northern Virginia in 2015 and led to me joining the faculty at George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing in 2018 as a (tenured) Associate Professor where I am also the Director of the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. Find out more about her work at