Hi there, I’m Candy Campbell and I improve interprofessional communication in the health care system.

A Few Things About…

Candace Campbell, DNP, MSN-HCSM, RN, CNL, FNAP (The Innovation Nurse ) has worn two hats for many years; one as a healthcare professional and the other as an artist  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.

Candy (as her friends call her) began her clinical practice in neonatology in 1989. She received her Neonatal Certificate and specialty training at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she gained experience working with neonatal 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…

When she’s not performing as Florence Nightingale, Candy speaks on two main topics:  her clinical research with families of premature babies and about her research bringing better modes of communication to the healthcare world using applied improvisational exercises from theater, art, music, and dance.  Her articles on maternal and preemie health issues have appeared online and in print publications, while the award-winning documentary, Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go?, has been viewed on four continents. Check out her children’s books that delight audiences worldwide!

Dr. Campbell’s doctoral studies spanned the areas of inter professional communication and public policy. Her thesis project built upon her previous work teaching and performing Improv outside of the healthcare arena. She continues to work with healthcare industry clients to build strong teams through personal accountability and better communication, which combines her talents in theater and healthcare.

And Then A Few More…

As a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Candy has appeared on stage, screen, in commercials, voice-overs, TV, and the internet. She co-founded an improv and stand-up comedy group, The Barely Insane Players, then developed her first two solo shows, Whatever Happened to My Paradigm? and Full-Frontal Nursing: A Comedy With Dark Spots.

She started “Peripatetic Productions, LLC” in 1995 in order to produce the  preemie film and the first of two one-person shows (both about healthcare). Since then, she added “Peripatetic Publishing,” “Candy The Nurse,” and “Candy Campbell & Company” to her business enterprises.

Candy Campbell Performer

Candy’s third solo show, Florence Nightingale-Live!

Presented as an interactive keynote, is based on the question: “What would Florence Nightingale say about healthcare today, and what advice would she give?”

Your group will be inspired and motivated to communicate, collaborate, and create adaptive solutions when they meet Florence Nightingale and hear her Three Essential Qualities (for healthcare effectiveness): Integrity, Insight, Innovation.  Florence customizes her presentation to your group. She captivates with her spoken-word poetry and audience Q & A. Her message: start with the dream, find your team, dare to care, and you’re nearly there.  She’s wise, she’s sassy, and she will help your team CHANGE their course; Florence lives the WE-centered message. The world needs Florence now!

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What Others Are Saying…

“Great Show!”

Brad Carpenter

“Candy is a high-energy and very humorous speaker even on topics that can be less-than-funny. She gets her message across in a clear and concise manner while providing practical and usable ideas that can be immediately put to use.”


“I don’t know if the WHC ever had so much laughter in one place. You have such an outstanding blend of very professional, warm and personal presentation, engaging the group”.

Valerie J. Keim, MFT, - Pleasant Hill, CA

“Your presentation guidance was on the mark. Because of you: I finessed my presentation and felt like I had a professional coach on my side. I was told that I looked calm, I felt serene. What a powerful enabler you are!”

Dr. Elizabeth Yznaga

“Candy’s performance as Florence Nightingale was a wonderful way to conclude our conference. She really brought “Florence” to our meeting. We especially liked the Q&A with our audience. I recommend this program without hesitation.”

Hon. Tricia Hunter, MS, RN, E.D., ANA/California
“Candy wowed my breakfast club as Florence Nightingale!”
Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

“This show is fabulous – a depiction of Florence Nightingale that draws nurses back into their roots; a glimpse of the past brought into the future. She is so real in her portrayal of Florence, and so much fun! I love the way she draws in the audience from the beginning and take us on a journey. It really grabs our attention from beginning to end. Never a dull moment. My friend thought so too, and she isn’t a nurse!”

Diane Lee, BSN, RN, June 23, 2016
“Candy Campbell is an amazing artist, woman, mother, medical professional, writer and stand up comic. She brings deep integrity and commitment to everything she does.”
Hester Schell , Author of Casting Revealed

“When I hear the name Candy Campbell, the words dedicated professional come to mind… She has a very giving spirit, is articulate, and knows how to command an audience. I love to watch Candy present!”

Karen Walker, Tunoa – The Results Coach Immediate Past President, National Speakers Association | Northern California

“Candace Campbell was a remarkable presence as Florence Nightingale at our Sigma Theta Tau International Region 1 Event. Thank you, Candy, for helping to make this such a special and successful event!”

Abby Heydman, PhD, RN, Co-Chair Committee, STTI
“Candace is an articulate speaker who’s timing, humor and conviction continue to enthrall her audiences.”
Mark Shaw, Real Estate Broker, Remax

Candace ‘Candy’ Campbell is THE Florence Nightingale. I had the honor and privilege of interviewing ‘Florence’ for my virtual conference, celebrating National Nurse’s Week. At times during the webinar, I couldn’t remember where Candy left off and Florence began. Candy does a superb job as Florence Nightingale and the re-enactment had me close to tears. A highly inspirational piece of art that uplifts and energizes our nursing profession. Thank you, Candy. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you.

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN, June 23, 2016

Candy Campbell is a speaker with many talents.

Speaker Net News , February 2008
“Your talk was informative, enlightening and well received by an appreciative audience. We take pride in being able to arrange a speaker of your caliber to address our group.”
Fred Schwartz Exec. Dir., , Asian American Hotel Owners Association.