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School of Nursing Staff - Donna Blackburn

Dr. Donna Blackburn, PhD, RN

Dr. Donna Blackburn, PhD, RN


Office:  Medical Center Health Complex 3330
Phone:  270-745-3579


Dr. Blackburn graduated from Western Kentucky University with ASN ’70 and BSN ’80 degrees. She received a MSN degree from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 1986. She graduated with a PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University in 1998.

She served as Department Head of Nursing at WKU for 8 years. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate students during her tenure at WKU. She currently teaches the following graduate courses: Transitions to Advance Practice Nursing; Theoretical Foundations: Research Applications; and the capstone courses in the DNP program. She also teaches the core courses in the Nursig Administration concentration that focus on leadership/management and application setting.

Dr. Blackburn is a member of the ANA/Kentucky Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Research interests include: family functioning, chronic illness and cultural sensitivity. She has published articles about coping with a chronic illness cognitive-behavioral interventions for women with rheumatoid arthritis and learning intercultural competence. Dr Blackburn has regular graduate faculty status with The Graduate School.

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