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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Christen Campbell was an A-Sun All-Conference performer for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team. After graduating from Lipscomb with a bachelor's degree in exercise science she attended Cumberland University in Lebanon for two years and received a second bachelor's degree in nursing. After spending two years as a trauma nurse in Memphis, Campbell, from Bartlett, Tennessee is now working as a traveling nurse in Bismarck, North Dakota. She just completed her first week in her new job, but found some time to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play softball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played softball from 2006 through 2010. I was a pitcher and a third baseman.
"Kristin (Peck) Ryman was my head coach. Amber Wood and Lexi Myers (Shrout) were assistant coaches."
Why did you decide to play softball at Lipscomb?
"My choices were Lipscomb or Evansville. I visited both schools. I think I visited them in the same week.
"My Mom went with me to Evansville. My Dad went with me to Lipscomb.
"I didn't get to meet any of the girls at Lipscomb because it was summer, but I had a really good meeting with Coach Peck (Ryman). I really liked her. I really enjoyed my visit. I loved the campus. Overall, it was the best decision I could have made."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Absolutely, when we won the 2010 Atlantic Sun Tournament.
"I don't know if you ever go into anything expecting to win. You might expect that you could win or that you should win. We had a good team. It was our year. It was the time to do it."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"All of my coaches influenced me. I loved all of my coaches. All three were very personable. They explained things well. It wasn't like `I'm the boss, do what I say'. They gave us a little freedom."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Making all the lifelong friendships. We were together as a team or with little parts of the team. I am in North Dakota. Mollie Mitchell is in Searcy, Arkansas. Courtney Billington is in Arizona and Kellie Sirus is in Florida.
"If I am in their towns I can call them up and ask them If they want to eat dinner or something. They are always going to be my friends. Those friendships are made for life."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"When I went to college I learned more about myself and grew into the person I am today.
"When I was in high school I was very, very shy. I am still shy today. But Lipscomb brought me out a little bit. My teammates were the main reason."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
Dr. Kent Johnson and Dr. Roy Hamley.
"I really liked Dr. Johnson. He was a hard teacher. He made you learn.
"Dr. Hamley was pretty cool. You could tell that he loves what he does. I am not sure how old he is, but the fact that he is still riding a motorcycle is cool."
Where do you live now?
"Bismarck, North Dakota."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am doing travel nursing right now. I moved to Bismarck, North Dakota last week. This is my first assignment.
"I work for Medical Solutions. I worked in Memphis for two years as a trauma nurse. I wanted to get in two years of experience before I tried being a traveling nurse. I had been thinking about it for a few months. I don't have any kids. I'm not married. It was the right time for me. I like it. I am getting to see different parts of the United States.
"I am based at St. Alexius Medical Center. Basically, I am placed at a hospital by the company I work for. Sometimes it is a case where the staff of a hospital all quits. Maybe there are people going on maternity leave and there aren't enough people to cover a floor we fill in. Sometimes in situations where there is a disaster traveling nurses are sent in to help.
"I am on a 13-week assignment. I work on the orthopedics surgery floor. The ladies on the floor I have talked with said it was a hard floor to work on and that some nurses quit because they didn't want to do the hard work.
"I have done a lot of ortho work as a trauma nurse. There are a lot of older patients on the floor with things like hip and knee replacements. There is also more work for the floor because of injuries to the oil workers and construction workers"
Tell us about your family.
"I have two dogs - Nash and Junior. Junior is a Jack Russell Terrier. He is 8 years old. Nash is a lab-mutt mix and is about one. I brought them with me from Memphis.
"I am given a meal stipend and a housing stipend. I looked for two weeks and couldn't find an apartment building that would let me bring my dogs.
"There is a huge influx of people in Bismarck due to the oil industry. There are a lot of new apartment buildings but none of them wanted dogs in them.
"I turned it over to my company and they found me a house. My dogs have a little back yard they can go out and run in. That has been nice."
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