Ms. Blackford has multiple years of experience working as a Registered Nurse. Nursing experience includes in patient – medical/surgical care, intensive/cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, and outpatient - prenatal care, school nurse, short-term missionary nurse in Haiti and Honduras prior to becoming Assistant Professor at Marian University School of Nursing. Preceding work included Hancock Regional Hospital; Shelby County Prenatal Clinic, Shelby Eastern Schools, Major Hospital, and Wishard Hospital. Additionally, Ms. Blackford serves as the secretary of the Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC) Board of Directors and a member of the EMCC Programs Committee, serves as Vice President of the Indiana Center for Parish Nurses Board of Directors, and the Caring Team at First Friends Indianapolis, and volunteers with Gennesaret Free Clinics. Spring 2013 served as a member of the Rotary Vocational Team presenting curriculum and assessment strategies to nursing faculty in Tanzania, Africa. Ms. Blackford has a BSN and MSN in Nursing and Certified as a Nurse Educator (CNE).