David Bradley


Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
Deputy Director, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Infection Prevention
Sterile Processing
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Doctor in Nursing Practice (2020), The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Master of Science in Nursing (2015), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2003), University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX


Lt Colonel David Bradley is an Associate Professor/Deputy Director for the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program for the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.

Lt Col Bradley first started off enlisted in 1996 as an Army combat medic. He was selected for the Green to Gold scholarship and commissioned in the U.S. Army in 2003, and attended the Army Perioperative Nurse Course in 2005. In 2008, Lt Col Bradley transitioned into the Air Force as a perioperative nurse. In 2009, Lt Col Bradley received his Perioperative Nurse certification, and has eighteen years of military nursing experience which includes case management, medical-surgical nursing, and perioperative nursing. In 2015, Lt Col Bradley earned his Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and his Doctor in Nursing Practice in 2020 from the University of Alabama. Lt Col Bradley is a board certified CNS as well as a certified perioperative nurse. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Bradley served as the Perioperative CNS, as part of the Center for Nursing Science & Clinical Inquiry (CNSCI), who led clinical practice for four departments, involving 357 staff, for the largest military treatment facility and only Level 1 Trauma Center for the Department of Defense.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3), Combat Action Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge.

2023 Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI) Fellowship- Inducted as a Fellow
2023 Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Education: Academic Individual Achievement Award
2022 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Practice (Daisy Award)
2021 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
2020 Innovation in Education Award, USUHS, Bethesda, MD
2018 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of the Year, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
2017 Field Grade Officer (FGO) of the Year/ Nursing Service Award, 59th MDW, Lackland AFB, TX
2015 Federal Chiefs Award for Advance Practice Nursing Students, USUHS, Bethesda, MD

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Resendiz, M., Horseman, T.S., Hover, A.J., Bradley, D.F., Lustik, M.B., West, G.F. (2019). Assessment of surgical instrument bioburden after steam sterilization: A pilot study. American Journal of Infection Control. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.08.018.

Wanzer, L., Oliver, J.J., Rodriguez, J., Bradley, D., Taylor, L.A.(2019). Impact of the clinical nurse specialist in the transformation of military healthcare from bedside to battlefield.Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal. DOI:10.1097/01.NUR.0000604200.03201.6d

Bradley, D. F., Romito, K., Dockery, J., Taylor, L., ONeel, N., Rodriguez, J., & Talbot, L. A. (2021). Reducing Setup and Turnover Times in the OR With an Innovative Sterilization Container: Implications for the COVID-19 Era. Military Medicine, 186(12 Suppl 2), 35–39. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usab214

Bradley, D. F., Jr, & Rodriguez, J. A. (2022). Using Adenosine Triphosphate Bioluminescence-Based Technology to Verify Cleanliness of Perioperative High-Touch Surfaces. AORN journal, 115(4), 347–351. https://doi.org/10.1002/aorn.13644

Hamilton, W., Bradley, D., Block, W., Backus, C., Zenteno, J., Demotica, R., Dickinson, C., & Samosorn, A. (2022). Aromatherapy: The use of essential oils to decrease pain, anxiety, and nausea in the acute care setting. MEDSURG Nursing.