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Dr. Angela Blackburn

Dr. Angela Blackburn, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

"Slow and steady wins the race. Be persistent, focused and dedicated to your goals. Be open and respectful to the ideas of others. Be organized, a good time-manager, be flexible and adaptable to change."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD – University of Southern Mississippi, 2009
  • MSN – University of South Alabama, 1998
  • BSN – University of South Alabama, 1997
  • ASN – Jefferson Davis Community College, 1989

Career Highlights:

Dr. Blackburn is a neonatal nurse practitioner and nurse educator with more than 25 years of experience working in academic medical centers, a specialized medical group and hospitals. Her area of research interest includes ethics, evidence-based practice, relationship-centered care, and qualitative research methods.

She was principal investigator of a mixed methods study evaluating nursing students’ satisfaction and confidence with high-fidelity simulation. She was also a co-principal investigator for a Department of Health and Human Services-funded study establishing ethical conduct in social science research.

She has been invited to give presentations at regional, national and international interdisciplinary meetings. In 2016, she presented, “The Role of Narrative Inquiry in Evidence-Based Practice,” at the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology Qualitative Methods Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. At the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Education Conference in 2015, she presented, “Engaging Students in EBP: One University’s Experience.” In 2013, she presented "Using Book Clubs and Film in Teaching Graduate Nursing Students Concepts of Research Ethics," which detailed the teaching strategies she employs to encourage conversations about ethical nursing principles.

Before coming to UWF in 2011, she was a faculty member at the University of South Alabama where she taught in the neonatal nurse practitioner program. She is a member of the Sacred Heart Hospital Bioethics Committee and Clinical Institutional Review Board, the University of West Florida Institutional Review Board and an International Institute of Qualitative Methodology Member Scholar.

Links to share:

UWF College of Health

UWF School of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

In which online program do you teach?


Which classes do you teach online?

Ethics; Foundations in Nursing Science; Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice; Project Development and Management for Healthcare Professionals.

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

UWF MSN Aggregate Program Outcomes:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, global initiatives and other sciences to improve patient care across the lifespan and in diverse settings.
  2. Use methods, technology and other tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement and safety within organizations.
  3. Utilize organizational and systems leadership to promote decisions directed at achieving high quality, safe, and cost efficient patient care.
  4. Translate and integrate scholarship, educational strategies, and evidence into practice settings to optimize quality patient outcomes.
  5. Integrate broad organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to provide evidence-based clinical prevention, care and services to individuals, families, and populations.
  6. Utilize patient-centered communication technologies to integrate, deliver and enhance health care across the lifespan.
  7. Collaborate as a member and leader of inter-professional teams to intervene at the system level through policy development processes and employing advocacy strategies to influence health, education and practice.
  8. Provide care and mentoring in a compassionate manner that respects, protects, and enhances spiritual integrity, human dignity, and cultural diversity.

Why did you start teaching?

I began teaching by mentoring neonatal nurse practitioner students in the clinical setting. I loved being able to help students make connections between theory and practice to improve the health outcomes for their patients. I also enjoyed sharing my passion for nursing. I have always been a life-long learner and after earning a Ph.D. in nursing with an emphasis in ethics, I decided to pursue an academic career in nursing. Having an academic career is very rewarding because of the variety in the role including but not limited to teaching; research; and service.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

Slow and steady wins the race. Be persistent, focused and dedicated to your goals. Be open and respectful to the ideas of others. Be organized, a good time-manager, be flexible and adaptable to change.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

To be successful in advanced practice nursing requires:

  • Commitment to quality and safety
  • Dedication to life-long learning
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Persistence/Perseverance
  • Passion
  • Curiosity
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Resilience/Grit
  • Agility/Adaptability

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in nursing face today?

In today's healthcare environment, one of the biggest challenges that people face is maintaining and advancing quality, safe, relationship-centered care with limited resources while managing and adapting to uncertainty and promoting sustainability.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and my black cat, Salem. I also love the beautiful Gulf Coast Beaches.

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