Virginia S. Blackman


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Ph.D in Nursing Science Program
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Pain, Palliative Care, Trauma Care and Training
Clinical Simulation in Research and Education
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PhD in Nursing - University of California, San Francisco
MS in Trauma and Critical Care Nursing- University of California, San Francisco
Minor Concentrations: Health Policy, Education
BSN - Georgetown University
Minor: Theology


Commander Blackman focused her doctoral dissertation research on pre-hospital and emergency department pain assessment and severity, and pre-hospital analgesic intervention in combat zone trauma patients. As a military nurse scientist, she has she collaborated on multiple research studies with Navy, Army, and Air Force colleagues, including research on readiness of Navy healthcare clinicians to provide en route trauma care, Navy trauma training program outcomes, and bullying and incivility in the nursing workforce. She has obtained grant funding to provide evidence-based palliative care communication skills training to registered nurses in the Military Health System, served on the Institutional Review Board, taught workshops on research critique and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) concepts and processes, and coached multiple teams on evidence-based practice projects. She has experience teaching quantitative and qualitative research methodss. She joined the USU faculty in 2016.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Career assignments include adult intensive care staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles, Ship's Nurse (USS GEORGE HW BUSH, CVN-77), Medical Programs recruiter, Training Officer (3rd Medical Battalion, US Marine Corps)


Blackman VS, Walrath BD, Reeves LK, Mora AG, Maddry JK, Stockinger ZT. En Route Care Provided by US Navy Nurses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crit Care Nurse. 2018 Apr;38(2):e1-e6. doi: 10.4037/ccn2018630. Erratum in: Crit Care Nurse. 2018 Jun;38(3):16. PubMed PMID: 29606684.

DeForest CA, Blackman V, Alex JE, Reeves L, Mora A, Perez C, Maddry J, Selby D, Walrath B. An Evaluation of Navy En Route Care Training Using a High-Fidelity Medical Simulation Scenario of Interfacility Patient Transport. Mil Med. 2018 Mar 14. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usx129. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29547887.

Blackman VS, Cooper BA, Puntillo K, Franck LS. Prevalence and Predictors of Prehospital Pain Assessment and Analgesic Use in Military Trauma Patients, 2010-2013. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016 Nov-Dec;20(6):737-751. Epub 2016 May 19. PubMed PMID: 27196984.

Blackman VS, Cooper BA, Puntillo K, Franck LS. Demographic, Clinical, and Health System Characteristics Associated With Pain Assessment Documentation and Pain Severity in U.S. Military Patients in Combat Zone Emergency Departments, 2010-2013. J Trauma Nurs. 2016 Sep-Oct;23(5):257-74. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000231. PubMed PMID: 27618374.

Coyer FM, Stotts NA, Blackman VS. A prospective window into medical device-related pressure ulcers in intensive care. Int Wound J. 2014 Dec;11(6):656-64. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12026. Epub 2013 Feb 4. PubMed PMID: 23374630.

Cataldo JK, Paul S, Cooper B, Skerman H, Alexander K, Aouizerat B, Blackman V, Merriman J, Dunn L, Ritchie C, Yates P, Miaskowski C. Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer. 2013 Jan 3;13:6. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-13-6. PubMed PMID: 23281602; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3576303.

Whitcomb JJ, Roy D, Blackman VS. Evidence-based practice in a military intensive care unit family visitation. Nurs Res. 2010 Jan-Feb;59(1 Suppl):S32-9. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e3181c3c028. Erratum in: Nurs Res. 2010 May-Jun;59(3):223. Whitcomb, John A [corrected to Whitcomb, John A]. PubMed PMID: 20010276.

Smith EA, Blackman VS, Malone RE. Death at a discount: how the tobacco industry thwarted tobacco control policies in US military commissaries. Tob Control. 2007 Feb;16(1):38-46. Review. PubMed PMID: 17297072; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2598443.

Whitcomb JJ, Blackman VS. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: how far have we come? Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2007 Jan-Feb;26(1):1-6; quiz 7-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 17179837.

Blackman VS. Putting policy theory to work: tobacco control in California. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2005 May;6(2):148-55. PubMed PMID: 16443969.