School of Nursing

John R. Blakeman, PhD, RN, PCCN-K

Prof. John Blakeman is an instructor in the School of Nursing and a certified progressive care nurse.  His clinical experience has been centered on cardiothoracic step-down and telemetry/cardiovascular units.  He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), graduating summa cum laude, and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Millikin University.  He earned his PhD in nursing science from Illinois State University.  In 2019, he was recognized as a Nurse Educator Fellow by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Professor Blakeman has been teaching at Millikin since fall 2015.  He currently teaches Adult Health Nursing II, Pathophysiologic Concepts for Nursing, Transitions to Professional Nursing, and Advanced Transitions to Professional Nursing.  He also teaches students in the clinical setting for Adult Health Nursing II and Mental Health-Mental Illness Nursing.  In the summer, he teaches a hybrid course, Statistical Concepts for Healthcare.

Professor Blakeman’s research interests are centered primarily on cardiovascular topics, though he also has interest in select pulmonary, teaching-learning, and research methodology topics.  He has particular interest in symptom science, acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, gender and sex differences in cardiovascular disease, and integrative review methodology.  He serves as a peer reviewer for professional journals and has reviewed for Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Heart & Lung, and Journal of Urology.  Additionally, Professor Blakeman has secured over $12,000 in grant funding.

To date, Professor Blakeman has published ten peer-reviewed journal articles in a diverse array of academic journals, including Journal of Advanced Nursing, Heart & Lung, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Advances in Nursing Science, Journal of Nursing Education, Nursing Education Perspectives, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and MEDSURG Nursing. He has also published a book, Learning from Patients: My Life as a Student Nurse (