Barbara Blackford, MSN, RN-CNE
Assistant Professor

(317) 955-6158 
Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, Room 375


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 Dominican Republic, 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 President of the Indiana Center for Parish Nurses Board of Directors, and a member of the Programs Committee for the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators organization.  Spring 2013 served as a member of the Rotary Vocational Team presenting curriculum and assessment strategies to nursing faculty at Aga Khan University in Tanzania, Africa. Ms. Blackford has a BSN and MSN in Nursing and Certified as a Nurse Educator (CNE).


  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing: University of Indianapolis
  • Masters of Science in Nursing: University of Indianapolis

Professional affiliations

  • Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Omega Chapter
  • Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
  • National League of Nursing
  • Nurses on Boards of Coalition
  • Indiana Center for Parish Nursing
  • Nurses Honor Guard

Area of expertise

  • Medical/Surgical Care Nursing
  • Intensive/Cardiac Care Nursing
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Outpatient Prenatal Care Nursing​
  • Missionary Nursing
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Faith Community Nurse

Teaching interest/focus

  • Self-Care
  • Faith Community Nursing
  • Spirituality
  • Missions

Personal interests​

  • Certified Yoga Instructor RYT - 200
  • Enjoys all things outdoors  – camping, biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, lake life, gardening

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