Lincoln Nursing Graduate Turns Passion into Service

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Even as a freshman in high school Tiarra Campbell ’18 always knew she would pursue a career in public service.

“I believe it is my purpose in life to help others,” said Campbell, a Washington, Pennsylvania native who on May 6 graduated summa cum laude from Lincoln University with her Bachelor's of Science in nursing.

Tiarra Campell (left) at Lincoln's 2018 nurse pinning ceremony May 4, 2018 | Photo by Lincoln University Staff / Shelley Mix

Campbell said her passion for helping people came from her grandmother, a pediatric nurse. But it wasn’t until she experienced firsthand the healing powers of nursing that she decided to become one herself. 

“In high school I had a surgical procedure, and the nursing care I received postoperatively made my recovery much easier,” said Campbell. “They didn’t know me, but the nurses made me feel like my concerns, complaints, and feelings were a priority to them. Nursing is truly a selfless profession only intended for certain people in this world.”

She is the first in her graduating class to pass the National Council Licensure Examination also known as the NCLEX-RN®; a computer adaptive exam nursing graduates must pass to become registered nurses.

“She’s extremely talented and was one of the hardest working students in her class,” said Sharvette Law Philmon, an associate professor and director of Lincoln’s nursing program.

As a testament to her hard work, Campbell, during her final semester preparing for the NCLEX-RN®, received exam scores that superseded that national average in many categories.

On her birthday, just months before graduation Campbell received a job offer from the Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia.

“I would like to thank my family and friends for all of their support and encouragement,” said Campbell. “I’m ready to begin my career and life as a nurse.”


Article by Devin Bonner, Office of Communications and Public Relations