Blansfield, a 1975 graduate of the school, received the Eleanor K. Gill Outstanding Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing. This award was established to honor the second dean of the School of Nursing, Eleanor K. Gill (1967-1979), for her exceptional dedication to clinical practice.
Blansfield is a UConn School of Nursing baccalaureate alumnus who earned a master of science degree in nursing from Boston University. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner.
His clinical background spans over 35 years and includes working in numerous roles in the emergency department of the Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center (BMC).