Ph.D., MSN, GCNS, APRN, RN-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
LeBien Office1
219.464.5357
tom.blodgett@valpo.edu

Biography

Professor Blodgett joined the faculty in 2013 and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He is a board-certified gerontological nurse with a passion for improving health care for hospitalized older adults. His teaching interests are diverse and include gerontological and geriatric nursing, acute care nursing, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Professor Blodgett has a clinical background as a staff nurse in medical-surgical and high acuity nursing, and he currently practices as a hospital-based geriatrics clinical nurse specialist. He has two major clinical research foci, including the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitalized adults and identifying risk factors for injury in hospitalized older adults with delirium. In addition, Professor Blodgett is interested in studying instructional methods to promote clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing students. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at local, state, and national conferences. He has received grant funding from the Wheat Ridge Foundation, the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Professor Blodgett is an active member of the American Nurses Association and the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. – University of Iowa 2013
  • Post-MSN Certification (Adult/Gero Acute Care NP) – University of Southern Indiana
  • 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

Current Research Interests

  • Prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitalized adults
  • Risk factors for injury in hospitalized older adults with delirium
  • Instructional methods to promote clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing students
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