Francesca Armmer

Francesca Armmer

Associate Professor of Nursing

    Burgess Hall 209
    (309) 677-2541


PhD, Educational Administration, Indiana State University
MS, Nursing, The University of Evansville
BS, Nursing, Ball State University


Professor Armmer came to Bradley University in 1990.  Prior to joining the Department of Nursing faculty, she taught for 16 years at Vincennes University.  Throughout her professional career she has collaborated with nursing colleagues in Illinois and throughout the nation in the development of state-funded research projects, the establishment of a support group for African-American Nurse Administrators, and the exploration of funding for health care to underserved populations and diverse minority populations.  Professor Armmer has maintained consultation availability and has assisted nursing programs with challenges of accreditation and challenges with administrative and progression issues.  She has also served as president of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing and president of Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 


Dr. Armmer believes that the teaching-learning experience is an opportunity for both the student and the faculty member to engage in a process of growth. As one of the lead teachers in the Graduate Nursing Program, Professor Armmer has emphasized the importance of building upon the valuable experiences of nursing practice as these experiences may inform nursing administration and leadership.  In this process of growth it is important that multiple learning activities are used in order to strengthen the learning preferences that all of us have.  “Teaching becomes even more exciting as the student becomes even more engaged.”


Dr. Armmer has collaborated with nursing and non-nursing colleagues in the sharing of scholarly materials; including most recently a successful series of faculty development conferences designed to strengthen the beginning faculty member.  Research interests include: workplace violence, leadership transitions in health care, healthcare to minority and underserved populations, and nursing student perceptions on research and evidence-based practice.


Dr. Armmer has received numerous awards for her service to the community.  She continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Peoria City/County Health Department, Board of Directors for a senior housing community, Board of Directors for the Heritage Ensemble, and member of the Circle of Promise, a subgroup of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.