Margaret Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN

Margaret Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN

Professor (Emeritus)

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Margaret Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN

Bio Sketch

Dr. Campbell's career began in adult critical care as a staff nurse and promotion to educator. After graduate school, she transitioned to a new field of practice as an acute care nurse practitioner in palliative care. Recognizing the many gaps in evidence, she began producing prospective descriptive correlational studies that led her to PhD completion. Since graduation, Dr. Campbell has focused her research on assessment and treatment of dyspnea among adult patients who are approaching the end of life.


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2006
  • MSN, Wayne State University, 1986
  • BSN, Wayne State University, 1982
  • Diploma, Henry Ford Hospital, School of Nursing, 1974

Research Interests

  • Assessment and treatment of dyspnea

Selected publications

  • Campbell ML, Bizek KS, Thill M. Patient responses during rapid terminal weaning from mechanical ventilation: a prospective study. Critical Care Medicine. 1999;27(1):73-77.
  • Campbell ML. How to withdraw mechanical ventilation: a systematic review of the literature. AACN Advanced Critical Care. 2007;18(4):397-403; quiz 344-395.
  • Campbell ML. Fear and pulmonary stress behaviors to an asphyxial threat across cognitive states. Res Nurs Health. 2007;30(6):572-583.
  • Campbell ML. Psychometric testing of a respiratory distress observation scale. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2008;11(1):44-50.
  • Campbell ML, Templin T, Walch J. A Respiratory Distress Observation Scale for patients unable to self-report dyspnea. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2010;13(3):285-290.
  • Campbell ML, Yarandi H, Dove-Medows E. Oxygen is nonbeneficial for most patients who are near death. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013;45(3):517-523.
  • Campbell ML, Yarandi HN. Death rattle is not associated with patient respiratory distress: is pharmacologic treatment indicated? Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2013;16(10):1255-1259.
  • Campbell ML, Yarandi HN, Mendez M. A Two-Group Trial of a Terminal Ventilator Withdrawal Algorithm: Pilot Testing. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2015;18(9):781-785.
  • Campbell ML, Templin TN. Intensity cut-points for the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale. Palliative Medicine. 2015;29(5):436-442.
  • Campbell ML, Kero KK, Templin TN. Mild, moderate, and severe intensity cut-points for the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale. Heart Lung. 2017;46(1):14-17.
  • Campbell ML, Kiernan JM, Strandmark J, Yarandi HN. Trajectory of Dyspnea and Respiratory Distress among Patients in the Last Month of Life. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2018;21(2):194-199.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Contributions Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2019
  • Distinguished Nurse Researcher, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2018
  • Distinguished Nurse Researcher, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, 2018
  • Distinguished Researcher Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society-Pain and Symptom Management Research Interest Group, 2017
  • Nursing Leadership, Project on Death in America-Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation, 2013
  • Flame of Excellence, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2012
  • Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN) by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, 2011
  • Nightingale award for Research/Education by Oakland University, 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Palliative Care Nursing by the MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award from the End of Life and Palliative Care Nursing Research Section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2006
  • Munuswamy Dayanandan Humanitarian Award from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Detroit Receiving Hospital and Wayne State University, 2005
  • Carol E. Franck Nursing Leadership Award from the Michigan Nurses Association and Michigan State University, 2000
  • Alumni Recognition Honor for Clinical Practice awarded by the Wayne State University College of Nursing, 1999
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 1999
  • Outstanding Nurse in Advanced Practice awarded by the Michigan Nurses Association, 1998
  • Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse awarded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 1997
  • Excellence in Nursing Practice awarded by Sigma Theta Tau Lambda Chapte, 1996

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