Candance Campbell

Candace Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, CEP, FNAP

Assistant Professor


Candace (Candy) Campbell is a committed and experienced academic leader serving as Professor of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. She provides leadership in research, education, and service as a valued contributor to the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She serves the university and community by developing and delivering presentations in connection with advanced interprofessional communication techniques in healthcare and education. Dr. Campbell demonstrates a passion for teaching, collaborating, developing communities of practice, and establishing evidence-based outcomes for learning and healthcare technologies. She is an international speaker, award-winning actor, author, and filmmaker.

Research and Other Interests:
Dr. Campbell's research interests include public health policy, clinical topics within the maternal-child arena, as well as the educational application of simulation and medical improv. Candy's nursing career (of nearly 40 years) spans many specialties, including psych, ICU/CCU, LD, home health, and NICU. She has been an educator in every hospital she ever worked.

This is Dr. Campbell's 10th year as a SON faculty. She enjoys working with students and assisting them in learning research methods in a fun and interesting way.

She leads an active lifestyle that includes swimming, painting, and performing her third solo show, Florence Nightingale-Live!

Research Areas

  • Interprofessional healthcare communication using Applied Improvisational Exercises
  • Micropremature birth and psychosocial repercussions on the family
  • PTSD in medical personnel veterans of Vietnam War
  • Elective Cesarean Delivery
  • Healthcare Public Policy and Nursing Advocacy
  • Florence Nightingale and History of the Nursing Profession


  • DNP, University of San Francisco
  • MSN-HCSM, Loyola New Orleans
  • BSN, Loyola New Orleans
  • AARN, El Camino College
  • BA, Speech Communication/Theatre, University of Puget Sound

Selected Publications

  • The following are a list of publications and presentations by Dr. Candace Campbell


    Applied Improvisational Exercises and IPE/IPC to nursing/interprofessional conferences:
    Project Nightingale, Greensboro, NC, April, 2018
    Nurses Communication Conference, Walnut Creek, Jan. 2018
    NNBA, St. Pete’s Beach, Fl, Nov. 2017
    STTI, North America, Vancouver BC, July 2017
    STTI, Region 1, SF, June 2014
    Orthodontists Group, Dublin, CA., July 2014,
    ANA/C, Pasadena, CA., Sept. 2014
    IMSH, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 2015
    NAP, Washington DC, April 2016

    Presentation, Grant Writing for Healthcare and Public Policy Programs, at ANA/C ‘Lobby Days at the Capitol’ nursing conference, April 2015.

    Represented USF and AWHONN as neonatal expert on video Q&A interviews for magazine/website, (Oct. 2015 release)

    Represented USF as neonatal expert - internet radio/podcast interview for Business Innovator Magazine

    Represented USF as nursing expert -

    Represented USF as neonatal expert on ABC news interview (nationwide coverage) Oct. 2015-;-i-team-investigates-hospital/394844/

    Represented ANA/C as nursing policy expert in print and voice-over PSA radio announcement, Sept - Oct. 2014

    Represented USF and ANA/C as nursing policy expert/advocate at Lobby Days in Sacramento, April 2015; and in Washington D.C. in July, 2015.


    2018 – Improv to Improve Healthcare: A System for Creative Problem Solving

    2016 - My Mom Is A Nurse, (Japanese version) Peripatetic Publishing

    2015 - Channeling Florence Nightingale: Integrity, Insight, Innovation,

    2015- My Grandma Is A Nurse, Peripatetic Publishing

    2013 - Mi Mama Est Una Enfermera, Peripatetic Publishing

    2009 - My Mom Is A Nurse, Peripatetic Publishing (Amazon best-seller in two categories of children’s book)

    2009 - Good Things Come In Small Packages (I Was A Preemie), Peripatetic Publishing,

    Books: Contributing author

    The Medical Improv Primer:15 Activities You Can Teach STAT! by Beth Boynton RN, MS. (Jan. 2017). ASIN: B071DTVWS8

    Contributing author, Nursing Process and Critical Thinking (6th Edition) by Judith M. Wilkinson Ph.D. A.R.N.P., F.W. Davis Publisher, (Feb. 2017).

    Contributing author, Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Healthy Workplaces & Rewarding Careers, by Beth Boynton RN, MS; F.W. Davis, Publisher, Sept. 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0803639454


    2016 (Jan/Feb) : What Keeps You Awake At Night? (February–March, 2017) Nursing for Women’s Health, Blackwell Publishing, 21(1), 72-71. DOI: 0.1016/j.nwh.2016.12.006

    2014 (May):Interprofessional Communication and Teambuilding Using Applied Improvisational Exercises, Creative Nursing; 20(2). DOI:10.1891/1078-4535.20.2.116

    2014 (September): My Baby’s Head is Flat, Healthy Mom and Baby,

    2014 (September): NICU Survival 101, Healthy Mom and Baby,

    2011 (Aug/Sept issue): Elective Cesarean Delivery: Trends, Evidence and Implications for Women, Newborns and Nurses [Continuing Nurses Education course] in Nursing for Women’s Health, Volume 15, Issue 4, 308–319, Blackwell Publishing.

    2010:[all published in Healthy Mom & Baby magazine and], Blackwell Publishing
    Bathing Your Preemie;Bringing Baby Home; Taking Your Preemie Home; Newborn Skincare 101; Premature Birth: Luck, Lottery, or Life Choices?

    2009:Sing to Your Baby; published in Healthy Mom & Baby magazine and];by Blackwell Publishing

    2009 - present The Preemie Post, an online blog & podcasts available at

    Video Series

    Seven Common Errors Healthcare Leaders Make in Their Presentations, Peripatetic Publishing (free on website)


    Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go? [Educational distribution 2005-2007, Aquarius Medical Media; 2007 - present by Peripatetic Productions through ]

Additional Information

Professional Organizations and Community Service

Service to the Profession

ANA/C’s Public Policy Committee, since 2017

BOD Interim President, Golden State Nursing Foundation.

ANA/C’s Internal auditing Committee (annual internal financial audit, since 2012).

ANA/C’s Legislative Committee. (Advocated in Sacramento and DC for specific bills when called/inspired to speak as HC or subject expert.)

AWHONN’s Editorial Advisory Board of for one journal and one magazine (since 2012).

Service to the Community

Pres. Elect/Treasurer, National Speaker’s Association, Northern CA,

Ambassador Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Walnut Creek, CA

California Women Lead, grassroots election campaign, advisory capacity

BOD, East Bay Options - Pregnancy Counseling and Medical Clinic 2010-2017

BOD, National Speakers Association, Northern CA 2015-present

Speakers Bureau, March of Dimes of Northern CA, 2005-200

Co-Lead, Single Mom’s Fellowship, Northcreek Church, 2005- present

Organizations, Awards, Appointments

2017 – Appointed to Women’s Health Advisory Board for California Assembly Woman Catharine Baker

2015-present: Elected, National Speakers Association (NSA), Northern CA chapter, Board of Directors (now President:elect 2018:19)

2015: Elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice (NAP)

2015: 2016:Elected Representative, 2015 ANA Membership Assembly, Wash. DC

2015: Spokesperson, ANA/C, [radio ad against Prop 45]

2014: Member, Association of Clinical Nurse Leaders (ACNL)

2013: Appointed, STTI, UN Advisory Council on Nursing and Public Policy

2012: Elected Delegate, ANA House of Delegates, Wash. DC

2012-2013: Awarded Public Policy Fellowship: ANA Advocacy Institute, Wash. DC

2011-2017: Appointed, Board of Directors, Options For Women of California

2011-present: Inducted, National Speakers Association (NSA)

2010-present, Appointed, ANA\C Legislative Action Committee

2010: Member, Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

2010-present: Appointed, Editorial Advisory Board, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN)

2010 – Member, National Assoc. of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)

2010 – Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

2009: Appointed, Media Spokesperson, The March of Dimes, Northern California

2008: 2012: Appointed, Speaker’s Bureau, John Muir Health Systems

2008: Member, American Nurses Association (ANA)

2005: Inducted, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, later SAG/AFTRA)

2003: Awarded, International Medical Media Award, for documentary film, Micropremature Babies:How Low Can You Go?

2003:Awarded, WYSIWYG Film Festival Award (acting), “Most Inspirational Moment”, (film, The Calling)

2002: American Screenwriter’s Association (ASA)

2002:Independent Film Producers (IFP)

2002-2003: Grantee, (Gifts in Kind)Film Arts Foundation (FAF)

1999: Inducted, American Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers (ASCAP)

1999: Member, Academy of Neonatal Nurses (ANN)

1999: 2005: Awarded, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Sponsorship

1991: 1994: Member, American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA)

1986-1992: Various awards in photography, painting (competitions throughout southern California) 

1977-1979:Editor, Student Nurses Association of CA (SNAC, now NSA) paper, The Range of Motion

1976-1979 : President,El Camino CollegeChapter, SNAC

1970: Awarded, MVP Award:Speech/Drama Dept., University of Puget Sound