Dr. Champagne is Laurel Chadwick Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita of the School of Nursing. She has a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine of the Duke University School of Medicine and is also a Senior Fellow of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She earned her MSN and PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Champagne has engaged in research related to improving the health of the community. Most recently her work has focused on improving health in low income seniors living in subsidized housing in Durham, North Carolina. In addition, she has focused her attention on quality and safety, and has chaired the Durham Regional Hospital Trustee's Committee on Patient Safety and Clinical Quality and serves on the Duke University Health System Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Committee. She also collaborates with clinical nurse specialists in Duke University Hospital in research studies addressing wound and ostomy care and quality of life. Additional research has focused on the prevention of acute confusion in hospitalized elderly patients. She was also the clinical nursing research specialist on the Disseminating Nursing Research Project, funded initially by the National Center for Nursing Research and then by the Division of Nursing.
Dr. Champagne has published widely in her research areas. She is a co-editor of five books, each of which received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. In 1995 she received a Cameo Award for Outstanding Nurse Researcher from Sigma Theta Tau International. She is active professionally in the North Carolina Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.