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Dr. Donna Blackburn, PhD, RN

Dr. Donna Blackburn, PhD, RN
- Professor-Transitional Retiree


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 courses in the graduate program:  Theoretical Foundations of Prefessional Nursing (NURS 504) and Research Applications (NURS 512). 

Dr. Blackburn is a member of the American Nurses Association and Kentucky Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society, 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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