An Oregon native, Candace Campbell came to the nursing profession through a circuitous route. After earning a BA in Speech Communications/Theatre, and working as a flight attendant and PR rep for Pan American World Airways, she experienced a career epiphany one day en route to Karachi, Pakistan from New Delhi, India, and felt “called” to become a nurse.
Her nursing career began in Psychiatry, working with many Vietnam Vets at the VA Hospital in Southern California. That experience led to research within the medical community about PTSD, and the moral distress of medical personnel working in a war zone. The result later became a film script and a novel called Walking Point.
Candy (as her friends call her) began her clinical practice in neonatalogy in 1989 (you do the math). She received her Neonatal Certificate and specialty training at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she gained experience working in the NICU with heart transplant cases. She has also worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery, ER, ICU, CCU.
As an expert clinician, she has spoken on prematurity and related topics. Her articles on maternal-child health issues have appeared online and in print publications. Her award-winning documentary, Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go? received rave reveiws, and been viewed on four continents. Her children’s books delight audiences worldwide.
Currently, Dr. Campbell is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. Her doctoral studies spanned the areas of interprofessional communication and public policy. Her dissertation project built upon her previous work teaching and performing improv outside of the healthcare arena. She continues to facilitate interprofessional teams and write on this effective tool, which combines talents in theatre and healthcare.
Her third solo show, “Florence Nightingale-Live!” (an interactive keynote), grew out of a deep respect for that foundational leader, and is based upon Nightingale’s copious writings. The book, “Channeling Florence Nightingale: Integrity, Insight, Innovation,” is a fictional collection of conversations based on Nightingale’s writings, coupled with a parallel track of case studies based on the author’s life.
Candy is also a member of several professional associations, mainly beginning with the letter “a,” including ANA, AONE, ANA, ASCAP, AFTRA-SAG, ASOPA, AWHONN, and ACHE (at her age, that seems doubly appropriate).
As the mother of three grown children, she delights in the birth of her first grandchild.