Jane Campbell of Northern Michigan University is one of only eight professors nationwide chosen to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Policy Intensive (FPI). The four-day immersion program will be held in March in Washington, D.C. The highly competitive selection process draws hundreds of applicants each year. Campbell will advance her expertise in healthcare policy and incorporate the experience into her related NMU courses. She is one of the lead faculty members in the university’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
“I was ecstatic to find out I was selected,” Campbell said. “I have some background on Michigan health policy and advocacy, but there is much more to learn. Opportunities to network with legislators are limited in the rural Upper Peninsula unless they happen to visit Marquette and I meet with them as the School of Nursing liaison. Attending the FPI will expand and strengthen my knowledge of legislative processes. It will allow me to provide our graduate students with a relevant, progressive perspective of health policy in the hope that they can become politically active leaders in their nursing careers.”
Before the FPI, Campbell will join fellow educators in San Diego in late January for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative. The timely focus is on integrating health policy into doctoral nursing programs. After she completes both programs, she plans to incorporate assignments that can directly impact the local area. These may include health access for veterans, diversity in nursing and nursing workforce development programs that fall under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
An Upper Peninsula native, Campbell is approaching three decades on the NMU faculty. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern and spent 11 years as a certified operating nurse at then-Marquette General Hospital before launching her teaching career at her alma mater. She earned her master’s degree from NMU and her doctorate from Oakland University.
Campbell is one of three from NMU who will be represented at AACN events in Washington, D.C. Mandi Roos, a DNP student, is among 200 students nationwide selected for the AACN Student Policy Summit. Nanci Gasiewicz, associate dean and director of the School of Nursing, will also attend.