Candy the Nurse

Nurses Week 2014

by Candy on February 18, 2014 2 comments

artofnursing-largeHello, and heads-up, Nurses!

This coming Nurse’s Week, I’m speaking as part of an exciting new event called the Art of Nursing. It’s a four-day series bringing together 12 extraordinary nurse pioneers to share their thoughts on how we can bring back the art of nursing – that healing presence and patient-focused practice first envisioned by Florence Nightingale.

I know how passionate you are about the nursing profession, so I wanted to personally invite you to join us and explain how you can register.

How it Works

The Art of Nursing begins on Nurses’ Day, Tuesday, May 6th ( the day I will OPEN the fun!)  and runs through Friday, May 9th. Each day, 3-pre-recorded, video interviews with presenters like me, will be “unlocked” for you to watch, download and keep.These interviews will be filled with fresh insights on topics such as self-care and stress management for nurses, how to reignite the love for your career, and how to remain mindful and present amid the new technologies being introduced into our work.

The Faculty

  • The Art of Nursing is organized by Elizabeth Scala, herself a nurse educator, speaker, and author. She’s gathered together 12 fantastic and forward-thinking women to share their knowledge and expertise with you.
  • In addition to yours truly, interviewees include an awesome array of nurse entrepreneurs, international speakers, authors, etc. You can see the full list of faculty here (, but trust me when I say that you’re guaranteed to learn something invaluable from this group and never again will you get access to them all in one place!

What You Get

  • 12 Video interviews and their audio-only companions (all downloadable)
  • The Art of Nursing workbook – filled with additional tools and resources from our speakers
  • Access to both the Art of Nursing Facebook and Linkedin groups both of them made up ofnurses from around the globeYour Investment and How to Register
  • You can register for the Art of Nursing via the links below:
    • Student rate: $95.00.
    • Individual rate: $150.00
    • Organizational rate*: $3,500.00*Organizations include hospitals/wellness centers and nursing schools, associations, and organizations. The fee of $3,500 covers registration costs for all of your staff; however, your individual staff members will still need to “register” so they get the daily emails during the event.)If you have any questions or difficulty registering, you can email I’d love to have your presence during my presentation and hope you can join us.

I hope to hear from you all after DAY ONE, when I “channel” Florence Nightingale for this 21st century audience.

Thanks, in advance, for your enthusiastic participation!


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Back to The Gym…

by Candy on January 14, 2014 No comments

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 Happy New Year, loyal followers!

Follow the link below to my latest article, published earlier than expected in   Portland Family Magazine.

It came out during the holidays— incentive for the January diets?

Sometime next year, It will be featured in a collection of stories, tentatively titled, This Race Called Life.

 Interesting story behind the story: Immediately after this   experience, I limped into the ladies’ room to wash my face before I went   home to collapse. There, I ripped off about 18” of industrial-strength paper  towel and scribbled down the ideas.  The paper got stuffed into one of the several boxes of notes I keep with funny bits and story ideas. Every time I moved my office, I would look at it and say, “Yep, someday I’m going to write this up.” Well, I moved my office AGAIN this summer, it hit me: I’m no spring chicken anymore. I have successfully procrastinated for 33 years. So, there you have it. No sooner was it written, than it found a home in my book, with reprint rights to PFM. Many folks have written to say they enjoyed this story. I hope you do, too!




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Mom’s Need to Nurture

by Candy on July 23, 2012 No comments

My daughter, who moved  home to finish a master’s degree in healthcare administration, will be taking off to Europe again today.

She has lived abroad before, so I know she knows how to navigate in a foreign country. She is also going to meet up with one of her best friends, and they will visit one of our previous exchange students, so I know she’ll be in good company. She’s brushing up on her german, so I know she won’t starve. 

Then why am I fretting? If she were married, or in her own place,  I wouldn’t be a part of the getting-ready process. Out of the loop, I’d be just waiting for the postcards.

But, no.

When a grown child lives with you, a parent has the opportunity to let go and hold-on simultaneously. This can be confusing for both parties.

Speaking of parties, it feels like that most of the time, with her around.  

The cat is eyeing her suitcase, suspiciously. He wants to jump in, and so do I. We will both howl when she leaves.

Seems like moms never outgrow their need to nurture.



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Podcast re: Graham’s Foundation

by Candy on January 2, 2011 2 comments
Xmas 2009

Jenn, Reece, Nick Hall of Graham's Foundation

Dear Readers,

The following podcast is one of our most emotional interviews of 2010. The story of Nick and Jenn Hall’s journey, and Jenn’s delivering micropreemie twins, is all too common these days. “The well-meaning things people say that hurt” may sound familiar to anyone who has gone through the chaos of the time; for others, this may be an enlightening bit of news.

Listen how one family channeled their grief into a bit of comfort for other parents. The Graham Foundation “care packages” bless those who must navigate the treacherous waters of the NICU, with practical items, and wearable signs of hope.

If you or your corporation would like information on how to request a care package or donate to the Graham’s Foundation 501(c)3, please visit the website:

Nick + Jenn Hall Part 1 – Their story

Nick+Jenn Hall pt 2-about the Foundation

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Bringing Baby Home

by Candy on November 13, 2010 No comments



Bringing Baby Home

By Candace Campbell, MSN, RN

[reprinted with permission, Health4Women magazine]


Congratulations and welcome to a new stage in your life – parenthood! Or maybe this isn’t your first baby and it’s welcome back to the magic kingdom!

In an instant, your new baby has changed you from a couple into a family. The irony of your new essence, parenthood, evokes what I like to call a babylove addiction, which in a poetic sense, may be likened to a line from the old Eagles song, “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” In a few months, you’ll look back at photos and squint to recall life before babylove.

Basic Parenting 101

But first, there’s work to do. Your transition will require intense concentration and physical endurance (tempered by angelic smiles, the softest skin, and the sweetest giggles). You’ll likely not find time to tackle these tasks after baby is born, so tackle these top four areas before your little bundle arrives:

The Trenches

  • Declutter floors/stairs, secure throw rugs (for safe, late-night baby soothing).
  • Install childproof locks (wise parents practice fumbling with them before they’re sleep-deprived) and night lights in strategic places.
  • Place extra pillows around for comfortable infant feeding in any chair or couch.
  • Practice rapid installation and adjustment of baby car seat in all vehicles.

Chow and Chores

  • Make double portions of meals you enjoy, and freeze half. Cool thoroughly and label with ingredients, date and freezer life-expectancy. If using plastic bags, make sure they are specifically made for freezer use. Find food-safe practices recommended by the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
  • Buy or borrow a freezer and stock it. This will save many trips when you do NOT feel like going out.
  • Avoid microwaving baby’s food or milk. Microwaves work by vibrating molecules, so food and liquids heat from the inside out. The friction produces uneven heat. The contents of a bottle that may feel cool on the outside but could burn baby’s mouth and throat!
  • Breastfeeding moms remember to eat a balanced diet and take in an extra 500 calories a day. Don’t forget to feed yourself at night when you’re awake feeding baby. Plan ahead. Hubby can prepare a plate of healthy snacks before bed, plus a pitcher of juice or water and keep it by your breastfeeding area. Snacking at night allows your blood sugar to stay at a more even level, which protects against low dips. Fasting causes a cascade of hormone swings and results in mood swings to match.
  • Plan in advance how you will handle pet care, especially during the first few weeks after the baby’s birth.
  • Use a crib tent to keep your curious cat from jumping in to snuggle with your baby; it may make for a cute picture, but it could be dangerous since many cats like to snuggle on top of their people!

Ammunition – Keep germs at bay

  • Always wash your hands before touching your baby (and after every diaper change); insist that visitors do the same.
  • Stock up on liquid soap, hand-sanitizer, and paper towels.
  • Bar the door to anyone with a runny nose, cough, fever, or other cold/flu like symptoms. If you get sick, wear a surgical mask or a scarf around your baby. Turn your head away to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue – never your hands, and wash your hands every time you use a tissue.
  • Prohibit smoking in the house, and If you smoke, quit.


  • Avoid crowds when possible (walk in the mall early or late); this is particularly important if your baby is born during the fall or winter flu seasons.
  • Protect baby from the elements, especially the sun (dark skinned babies also need protection!).
  • Avoid smokers.
  • Let curious toddlers touch your baby’s leg or foot, as opposed to her hand or face.
  • Bring more than one diaper and change of clothes in the diaper bag.

Got it? Good. You’re ready for action. Now go out there and enjoy your new baby.

About the Author: Candace Campbell, MSN, RN, has practiced as an NICU nurse and educator for 20 years. Her documentary film, Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go? plus her delightful children’s books, My Mom Is A Nurse, and Good Things Come In Small Packages (I Was A Preemie), are available on or: A percentage of the profits of each sale goes to the March of Dimes.

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It’s Loverly Day For A New Look

by Candy on July 17, 2010 No comments

Hello World,

After months of planning, and a premature launch, I’ve taken the advice of my business coach and re-branded my business name. Candy Campbell & Associates, aka: Peripatetic Productions will remain the corporate name, but the new brand will be: Candy the Nurse [TM], and have it’s own website,  Thanks to all of you who volunteered to give your  opinion. I value your input,  that the name suggests the combo traits of kind, intelligent and trustworthy.

The logo  (below) is taken as an alter-ego representation. (I only wish I  had curly hair!) The character first presents in My Mom Is A Nurse and reappears as the mom in Good Things Come In Small Packages (I Was A Preemie). Both books are available on this website, website, or on (There you can also look inside and check out the adorable illustrations by talented artist, Michael Vincent Fusco.)

And if you aren’t aware, there are FREE downloadable stickers and coloring pages for kids on the other website ! (The images are due to be changed soon, so go there now before they are no longer available.)

Michael and I are putting brains together to come up with  an “Activity Book” featuring these same characters. I’m hoping they’ll be available for December, so stay tuned.

Also, another (hopefully by December) project is the first translation of My Mom Is A Nurse, into Spanish. Other languages are planned, but I would really like some input on your opinion of which should be next? Suggestions so far are: Farsi, Tagali and Chinese.

Please write a comment and LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!!

Thanks so much for your continued support. Your purchases help fund research for babies through the March of Dimes.

Til later, just sign me:

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Yes, I know she lost her stethoscope (she is forever putting in down and misplacing it), but she will have one soon, I promise!

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