Candice Kiskadden
Chair, Department of Nursing, Program Director, RN to BSN, Lecturer
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Be the change that you want to see in the world. —Mahatma Gandhi

I believe that my purpose is to help others transition through change.  I have always said, “the only thing constant in the OR (operating room) is change.”  It was that comfort with “change” that brought me to education.  I have been a Registered Nurse since 1996, and have spent the majority of my career as an OR nurse, with specialties of vascular and general surgery.  Surgery patients are usually scared, and I can offer my knowledge to give comfort and support as they experience a life-altering event.  I felt that I could apply this same principle to teaching, and I have found great satisfaction in supporting students and their aspirations.  I have been teaching at Mercyhurst since 2012, and I have truly enjoyed every minute of it.            

My many years in acute healthcare has given me a wide perspective of the needs of our community.  Health policies and health disparities are of particular interest to me, as is our impact on our environment.  I feel that it is vital for our future health professionals to understand the needs of our people—our families, friends, and neighbors—and make a positive impact on our world.  Teaching in public health gives me a great opportunity to work with these future health professionals and trigger their positive impact.    


Diploma, Saint Vincent School of Nursing

B.S.N., The Pennsylvania State University

M.S.N., Clarion and Edinboro Universities

Ph.D. in progress, Nova Southeastern University

Research and Interests:

Online nursing education and instructional design

Innovative teaching methods

Motivation theories

Intraoperative nursing care