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    SARA L. CAMPBELL, PHD, RN, NEA-BC

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    Dr. Sara Campbell joined the Lee faculty in August 2013 as director of the nursing program and a professor of nursing. She was named Dean of the School of Nursing in February 2014 upon approval of the program by the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing. Dr. Sara Campbell joined the Lee faculty in August 2013 as director of the nursing program and a professor of nursing. She was named Dean of the School of Nursing in February 2014 upon approval of the program by the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing.


    Campbell comes to Lee from the University of South Carolina Aiken where she was professor of nursing and the Dean of the School of Nursing. Prior to that, she was the principal investigator for the Teaching Nursing Home project with Illinois State University-Mennonite College of Nursing. She also served there as interim dean, associate dean, interim director of the undergraduate program and coordinator for student development.

    Dr. Campbell has been successful in the area of grants; receiving $2,070,787 as Principal or Co-Investigator. She has over 20 publications with much of her research focusing on care of older adults. She also developed a conceptual model of “Attractiveness” that pertains to quality of care and outcomes in patients. As a friend-raiser she brought over $707,595 in funding over three years to two different Schools of Nursing.

    “We were very fortunate to get someone with Dr. Campbell’s experience to lead our new program,” commented Carolyn Dirksen, chair of Lee’s Nursing Task Force. “Her academic preparation and clinical experience are exemplary, but she also brings a personal perspective which is just what we were looking for. We believe she is the perfect person to craft our curriculum and select our faculty and students.”

    Campbell is leading Lee’s new School of Nursing which is slated to begin in the fall of 2014. Lee is offering a traditional, four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and a degree completion track for registered nurses (RN) to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

    Campbell holds several certificates: Spiritual Formation from Lincoln Christian College, Faith Community Nursing from Western Kentucky University and Nursing Education from Drexel University. She is also Board certified in Advanced Nursing Administration. She earned her PhD in Nursing at Indiana University (IUPUI), a MS in Counseling Psychology at Illinois State University (counseling), and a BS in Nursing at Mennonite College of Nursing. Her clinical background includes psychiatric-mental health, intensive care, maternal-child care, emergency department, and convenient care.

    BETH ANN GIST, DNP

     SON_GistPhotoDr. Beth Gist comes to the new School of Nursing at Lee University from Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Gist earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University; a Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; a Master of Science in Nursing with certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a Nurse Midwife from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana.

    Dr. Gist’s research includes “Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy and Contraception: Educating Mothers of Adolescents in Rural Georgia,” and “Postpartum Hemorrhage: Nursing Implications in the Obstetric Setting.” She has held positions such as Perinatal Outreach Coordinator and Women and Infant Services Clinical Resource Specialist for Erlanger Health System, certified nurse midwife for a co-owned women’s health care business in Pulaski, TN, and as adjunct professor for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dr. Gist also has experience in developing a health clinic in Romania.

    VANESSA PHIPPS, MSN

     SON_Phipps_smallVanessa Rose Phipps joins Lee University as one of the first faculty members for the School of Nursing. Vanessa comes from Gruetli-Laager, TN. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Vanderbilt University. She received her Master’s in Nursing Education and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Barton College in Wilson, NC. Her research includes “Improving Patient Safety through Teamwork: Utilizing Simulation as a Tool, An Integrative Literature Review” and “Resiliency in Rural Tennessee Adolescents.”

    Vanessa brings more than ten years of nursing experience in many different areas such as pediatrics, medical-surgical, hematology/oncology, cardiothoracic step-down, primary care, and nursing education. She also has experience in simulation labs. Vanessa served as faculty at Barton College in Wilson, NC, and as a pediatric nurse practitioner and school nurse in Sewanee, TN.