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An Oregon native, Dr. 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 on a flight en route from New Delhi to Karachi, 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, plus her own life experience flying to VN during the war, led to research within the professional nursing community about PTSD, and the moral distress of healthcare personnel working in a war zone. The result became a film script for a major motion picture (and one half-finished novel) called Walking Point.
Candy (as her friends call her) began her clinical practice in neonatology 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 bedside as an RN in Labor and Delivery, ER, ICU, CCU, Home Health. Administratively, she served as Program Nurse for the California Department of Children’s Health in the Northern CA Newborn Hearing Screening project.
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 reviews, and been viewed on four continents. Her children’s books delight audiences worldwide.
Currently, Dr. Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the prestigious 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.
As an actor, Campbell was classically trained, and cut her performance teeth on the works of Shakespeare as well as contemporary playwrights. Campbell began performing stand up comedy in the early 90’s all around northern CA. She was a founding member of the improv/comedy group, The Barely Insane Players, which performed three years in the San Francisco East Bay area. She has taught improv since 1995, beginning with the business community of Silicon Valley, plus various acting schools. Her third solo show, “Florence Nightingale-Live!” (an interactive keynote/solo show), 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,” now in it’s second edition, 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 has been represented by BOOM M+T since 1993, as a tv, commercial, and voice over talent. She is also a proud member of the National Speaker’s Association.
Candy is a member of several other professional associations, mainly beginning with the letter “a,” including ANA, ACNL, ANA, ASCAP, AFTRA-SAG, ASOPA, AWHONN, and ACHE (at her age, that seems doubly appropriate).
Having begun judging Speech Meets in college, Campbell continues to mentor individuals and groups on presentation skills and utilizes the knowledge from speech pathology to assist students in accent modification.
She lives in laid-back northern California, where she enjoys painting portraits, tossing salads, and sipping wine, not necessarily in that order. She also likes to make people laugh.
As the mother of three grown children, she delights in the birth of her second grandchild.