Dr. Lori Candela received her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College and her master’s degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, both located in Denver Colorado. She received her doctoral degree in higher adult and professional education from the University of Southern California, where she specialized in teaching/ learning methodologies and evaluation. Candela is a board certified family nurse practitioner, practicing in adult and child primary care settings. She is also a certified integrative life coach. Coaching has become increasingly popular for nurse leadership development as well as for nursing students and nurses at transitional career points.
She has 18 years of teaching experience at the associate degree, baccalaureate, RN-to-BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD levels. At the graduate level, she has taught courses in nursing education focusing on teaching/ learning, curriculum development, role development, and curriculum evaluation. In the PhD program, she has taught nursing leadership, history and philosophy of education, and independent teacher scholar practicums. In the DNP program, she has taught advanced communication, collaboration, and negotiation strategies. She has chaired or been a member of numerous student thesis, dissertation, DNP Capstone, professional paper, and research utilization projects.
In addition to her current leadership positions, Candela has served as head nurse, nursing supervisor, and second- year lead instructor over two campuses in an ADN program. She has a strong interest in optimizing meaningful learning, educational program development and evaluation. During the 2003-04 school year, Candela led the nursing faculty through a major undergraduate curriculum revision. In 2002, she led a committee in developing an undergraduate at-risk program for learning enhancement. She led a faculty group in the development of the graduate nurse educator track and was part of the steering committee to develop the PhD in nursing program. She has developed suture certification courses for medics, student nursing orientation programs, and NCLEX-RN review programs.
Her areas of research and expertise include various areas related to nursing, staff, and patient education, teaching and learning methodologies, and evaluation. She has authored several articles in referred journals as well as two book chapters. She has received funding for researching a modified diabetes prevention program with teenagers in a school setting, faculty development projects, computerized testing for nursing students, a nursing shortage study, faculty work life, student simulation, and pilot testing of critical thinking instruments. In 2007, she was fully funded in the amount of $710,000 from HRSA for a 3 year grant to Enhance Access and Quality in an Online PhD Nursing Program. Over the years, she has presented numerous times at local, state, regional, national, and international nursing conferences. In 1999, she was honored to receive an award as Master Presenter from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Austin Texas. In 2005, Dr. Candela obtained the CNE credential from the National League for Nursing. In 2012, Dr. Candela was honored to receive the UNLV award for outstanding online teaching. In her role as department chair, she has become more interested in the culture of the environment tin academic and nursing practice settings, including implications for coaching. This new area of research is important to understanding and improving civility with regard to one another which, ultimately, can enhance patient care and nursing outcomes.