Joyce Black, PhD, RN, FAAN


Florence Niedfelt Professor in Nursing


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-6573



  • 1978, BSN, Winona State University
  • 1981, MSN, UNMC
  • 1999, PhD, UNMC


Dr. Joyce Black is an Associate Professor in the Adult Health and Illness Department. She has taught undergraduate students basic concepts, medical surgical nursing and ICU nursing. Dr. Black has received awards from UNMC and the College for her teaching. Her research areas of interest are in wound healing, specifically in pressure ulcers. Dr. Black's dissertation examined the patient and wound factors that contributed to healing or nonhealing of diabetics with pressure ulcers. She is certified in wound healing, plastic surgical nursing and is a Fellow in the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Black is the current President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and chairman of the NPUAP's task force to redefine pressure ulcer staging.


Research Interests

  • Deep Tissue Injury
  • Pressure Ulcers on the Heels
  • Intertriginous Dermatitis


Black, J. (2006). Saving the skin during kinetic bed therapy. Nursing2006 36, 17

Black, J. & National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (2005). Moving toward consensus on deep tissue injury and pressure ulcer staging. Advances in Skin and Wound Care 18 (8), 415-421.

Michel, M., Dunn, C. Zachry, D., & Black, J. (2005). Anesthesia awareness in surgical patients. Ambulatory Surgery 13 (1), 1-2.

Ankrom, M., Bennett, R., Sprigle, S., Langemo, D. Black, J., Berlowitz, D., Lyder, C. & the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. (2005). Pressure-related deep tissue injury under intact skin and the current pressure ulcer staging systems . Advances in Skin and Wound Care, 18 (1), 35-42.

Black, J. (2005). Treating heel pressure ulcers. Nursing2005 35 (1), 68.

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Member of the Skin Wound Advisory Team at NMC.

President, National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.


Alvin Earle Oustanding Health Science Educator Award, 2005

Rosalie Yeaworth Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, 2005