Faculty Profile

Tom Blodgett, PhD, MSN, GCNS, APRN, RN-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

LeBien Office1
464-5357
Tom.Blodgett@valpo.edu


Biography

Professor Blodgett joined the College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty in August 2013. He teaches in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and in the undergraduate health care leadership program.

His past professional experience, prior to joining our faculty, included serving as the geriatrics clinical nurse specialist for Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Northwest Indiana, coordinator of the Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, lecturer at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and staff nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His clinical expertise as a staff nurse was in the management of hepatobiliary disease (e.g. cirrhosis, pancreatitis, cholangitis/cholelithiasis, Budd-Chiari syndrome), acute kidney injury, diabetic foot ulcer care, and sepsis-related conditions. His research and clinical expertise as a clinical nurse specialist is in the prevention and management of hospital-acquired infections, delirium, falls, and functional decline in high-risk hospitalized older adults. He continues a limited clinical nurse specialist practice at Franciscan St. Margaret Health focusing on policy development and staff education.

Professor Blodgett’s funded research is in the measurement of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitalized adults with temporary indwelling urinary catheters (F31NR010988, PI Blodgett; John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program, PI Blodgett). This work focused on developing and testing the CAUTI Assessment Profile, a tool designed to increase the consistency with which clinicians and researchers monitor catheterized patients for signs and symptoms of CAUTI. Study findings have been published in Clinical Nursing Research and in Blodgett’s doctoral dissertation. Future research will test the diagnostic validity of the CAUTI Assessment Profile in a larger sample of hospitalized adults using microbiologic and molecular uropathogen characteristics, as well as the effectiveness of an evidence-based nurse-driven catheter removal protocol to reduce catheter duration and CAUTI risk. Professor Blodgett is also interested in educational research focused on the use of simulation to facilitate clinical reasoning among senior-level undergraduate nursing students.

He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (Gamma chapter), American Nurses Association (ANA), Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA), Gerontological Society of America (GSA), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).

Education

PhD - University of Iowa 2013
MSN - University of Iowa 2006
BSN - University of Iowa 2004

Certifications

Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC), American Nurse Credentialing Center


Areas of Specialization

Inpatient care (medical-surgical and critical care)
  • Liver and pancreatic dysfunction
  • Acute kidney injury
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Sepsis and sepsis-related conditions (e.g. septic shock, MODS)
  • Acute care of older adults
  • Development and implementation of patient safety initiatives
Ambulatory care
  • Diabetic foot care and ulcer management

Research Interests

Infection prevention in hospitalized adults with biomedical devices

Prevention and management of delirium in hospitalized older adults

Inpatient geriatrics clinical nurse specialist (CNS) practice patterns