“We are pleased to have Nurse Practitioner Candace Malson join our team in Laurie,” said Lindsay Bentley, director of Clinical Operations. “Serving the Lake’s west side is a priority for Lake Regional, and adding Nurse Practitioner Malson makes it easier for patients to get appointments when they need them.”
Although Malson always had an interest in health care, she did not begin nursing school until her mid-30s, when she was newly widowed and had three children in junior high.
“I wanted to get more education and do more with my life,” she said. “I decided to follow nursing when I saw all of the options it provided.”
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Arizona State University in Tempe. Later, she earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
Before coming to Lake Regional, Malson cared for patients at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Throughout her career, she has taken a special interest in caring for older adults, and in 2018, she was chosen as a VA Geriatric Scholar and attended the 35th UCLA Intensive Course in Geriatric Medicine.
“I’ve always had good relationships with mature adults,” she said. “It probably goes back to how I was raised. My parents taught me to respect and be kind to my elders.”
Malson also has a special interest in managing lung conditions, including COPD and interstitial lung disease.
She said her work is rewarding because she helps people solve problems.
“I believe in collaborative care,” she said. “That means I give my patients the best information I have, and then I outline options for their care and ask them what sounds best to them. Knowledge is power, and I believe in empowered patients.”
Malson and her husband, Robert, have a blended family with six children and five grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys sewing and plans to learn how to quilt. She also wants to try painting and is currently writing a book for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.