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 21 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, MSN nurse educator scholarship project, professional paper, and research utilization projects.
Dr. Candela has served in various academic leadership positions including interim associate director of the nursing department, department chair and second year program coordinator. In addition, she has served in clinical leadership positions as head nurse and nursing supervisor. Dr. Candela has a passion for course and curriculum development and has led faculty in major program revisions at both the BSN and MSN levels. She was part of the steering committee to develop the MSN nurse educator track and the PhD in Nursing program at UNLV.
Her areas of research and expertise include various areas related to nursing, staff, and patient education, teaching and learning methodologies and evaluation and faculty perceptions of the workplace.. She has authored several articles in referred journals as well as four 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 was in the first group in the country to obtain the CNE credential from the National League for Nursing. In 2012, Dr. Candela was honored to receive the UNLV award for outstanding online teaching. Her years in leadership positions have led to more interest in the culture of the environment tin academic and nursing practice settings, including implications for coaching. The work environment as an area of research is important to understanding and improving civility with regard to one another which, ultimately, can enhance patient care and nursing outcomes.
Prefers working with proactive students who have established early timelines for completion of work and are receptive and responsive to feedback.