Florence Nightingale, LIVE on RNFM Radio, Episode 136


This special episode of RNFM Radio features none other than Florence Nighingale LIVE on air! Through the magic of radio, time travel, and incredible creativity, Ms. Nightingale appeared on RNFM in order to answer your questions and share her prescient 19th-century wisdom with a 21st-century audience.

As our final broadcast of 2014—and the end of our third year of extistence—this show could not be more timely. This is our gift to you, the RNFM Radio community!


As you can imagine, there actually is someone behind the costume, and that individual is the amazingly talented Candy Campbell.

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An Oregon native, Candace 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 with neonatal heart transplant cases. She has also worked as an RN in Labor and Delivery, ER, ICU, CCU.

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,” a fictional collection of conversations based on Nightingale’s writings, is scheduled for publication in 2015.

As an expert clinician, she also speaks 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? has received ovative reviews, and been viewed on four continents. Candace has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and other networks.

Candy is also a member of several professional associations, mainly beginning with the letter “a,” including ANA, AONE, 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.

You can find Candy (and Florence!) at: http://candycampbell.com

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