Candy Goulette is an experienced and inspirational leader and team builder and an accomplished and award-winning writer and editor with more than 30 years’ comprehensive experience. An expert in marketing, development, social media and web content management for clinical and nonclinical audiences, Candy serves as a mentor, educator and problem solver. A passionate advocate for nursing, Candy received the Friend of Nursing award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders for work to advance the nursing profession.
Candy grew up in a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP), the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon and a high school Home Ec teacher. After majoring in marketing at Michigan Tech University, she began her career on the business side of newspapers, then turned to her life-long passion of writing and editing, where she was able to marry her love of storytelling, snappy prose, great grammar and healthcare. She served as communications director for her hometown hospital, then as news editor for a local UP daily newspaper followed by communications director for a local university. In 2000, Candy and her family moved to California where she took on senior editorial and management roles for a national nursing publication.
In 2012, she took on the role of Magnet Program Coordinator for a Northern California hospital, helping lead them to their first Magnet designation. She duplicated the effort for a Southern California hospital in 2016, then in 2019 joined the nursing staff at a Bay Area hospital as Magnet Program Director, where she worked to create and implement a multidisciplinary shared governance structure. Candy’s passion for nursing and strong desire to empower nurses has driven her career, augmented by exceptional attention to detail, impeccable relationship building skills and a true desire to affect a positive outcome in every situation.