Dr. Grace Campbell, assistant professor of nursing at Duquesne University, is one of just 12 nurse scientists-and the only one from a Pennsylvania university-accepted into the third cohort of the prestigious Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, housed at UC Davis.
Funded by a $37.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty More Foundation, this national fellowship program recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with a high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship.
Each fellow in the three-year fellowship program receives $450,000 to conduct an innovative project or student with the potential to address a gap in knowledge, meet a vital need, alter care-delivery or design a new solution to advance health. For her fellowship project, Campbell will focus on implementing early rehabilitation as the standard of gynecologic cancer care.
"I am honored and humbled to have been chosen for this esteemed fellowship," Campbell said. "The training and resources provided by this fellowship program will be instrumental for furthering my work to bring early rehabilitation to every person diagnosed with cancer, and the opportunity to learn from my distinguished peers in this accomplished cohort of nurse leaders will be invaluable."
In addition to her faculty appointment at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, Campbell is an adjunct at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and is a past Jonas Salk Healthcare Fellow.
The fellowship also features a hybrid online and classroom curriculum designed and taught in partnership with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management to enhance leadership and innovation capacity; strengthen strategic thinking and collaborative skills; expand professional networks; develop entrepreneurial skills; and propel innovative ideas to fruition. A mentor selected by the fellow and an additional mentor provided by the national program office round out the educational experience.
"Our fellows undertake a unique journey in which they get to explore and better understand their roles as leaders and how they can influence health systems to include more equitable and higher quality care for all the populations they serve," said Dr. Heather M. Young, professor and dean emerita of nursing, who is national program director for the fellowship program.
Campbell's work has appeared in the International Journal of Gynecologic Oncology, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Rehabilitation Nursing Journal and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, is a quality coach for the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Quality of Training program and volunteers for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for whom she co-facilitates a monthly virtual caregiver support group.
"This is such an exciting opportunity for Dr. Campbell to work with mentors to advance her work in rehabilitation nursing and cancer survivorship," Duquesne Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow said. "The resources this fellowship offers will be put to good use as she looks to improve the functional status and quality of life for cancer survivors and their family caregivers. It also will allow her to build on the strong leadership she already demonstrates in oncology and rehabilitation nursing."
The fellowship program is made possible by Betty Irene Moore's passion to advance nursing with the goal of better outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The foundation seeks to prepare nurses as collaborative leaders with the skills and confidence to inspire others, enact change and challenge the status quo. With the creation of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, the foundation supports nurse leaders who take ideas to scale that advance high-quality, high-value care and optimal health outcomes.