Barbara Chamberlain, RN, MBA, PhD, APRN, WCC, is the epitome of a dedicated professional nurse. During her 30-plus year career, she has earned four degrees in nursing, a masters in business administration and is undertaking a second masters in human resources management.
Education is a priority for Chamberlain, whose love for nursing and teaching is evident in her most recent roles. In addition to being president of BJC Consultants in Williamstown, N.J., she is an adjunct professor in the MBA/healthcare administration program at Wilmington (Del.) University and has held teaching positions at Philadelphias Drexel University and at New Jerseys Atlantic Cape Community College, Gloucester County College and Stockton State College.
I think education is where I have made my biggest impact, Chamberlain said.
Ive been an associate professor at schools of nursing at the associate, baccalaureate and masters level and a clinical educator in a hospital system, and I still continue to teach.
The rewards of being an educator are many, according to Chamberlain, but the most fulfilling aspect is witnessing the first-hand results of her efforts.
To see students graduate and then run into them in practice and see that theyve been very successful is a highlight for me, she said. I would like to think that I have made a great contribution to nursing through the students who have graduated.
Throughout her teaching career, Chamberlain has held diverse clinical positions, including as an ICU staff nurse, a school nurse and a home care staff nurse for well mother/well baby home care and IV therapy. She has earned certification in wound care, genetics, sexual assault nurse examination and hypnotherapy, among others.
From 1991 to 2002, she served as a senior nurse and an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve before being honorably discharged.
Im extremely proud of that, said Chamberlain, who served at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.
Chamberlains service to the profession is equally as impressive. She is a past president of both the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the New Jersey Institute for Nursing and holds numerous organizational memberships, including the American Nurses Association, the Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Her involvement with these organizations, however, has not detracted from her dedication to supporting nursing students.
Chamberlain said having support while in school is critical. Since 1992, she has held various roles in nursing student organizations at the national, state and local levels, including both a state consultant and parliamentarian for New Jersey Nursing Student, Inc., and a National League for Nursing consultant to the National Student Nurses Association. An associate degree nurse, Chamberlain said she was able to continue her education because of the support of her husband, chemist Mark Chamberlain, PhD, who has offered encouragement throughout her career.
As a result of his support, Ive been able to take advantage of the many opportunities that have come my way, she said.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.
EDITORS NOTE: In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Nurse.com, the magazine will celebrate 25 key members of the New York/
New Jersey nursing community in 2013.