Jessica Bland

Core Faculty
College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Jessica Bland received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Missouri State University in 2020. She has served as a core didactic and clinical faculty member in Walden University’s adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program since January 2024. She became an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner in 2015 with advanced certification as a hospice and palliative nurse (ACHPN) in 2020. She holds numerous advanced practice and nursing state licensures, which include Arkansas, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, & West Virginia.

As an advanced practice provider, she has practiced in primary care, inpatient, and outpatient palliative care, and as a nationally traveling provider. She has taught in higher education since 2016 with experience as a doctoral lead faculty, masters lead faculty, doctoral project chair, clinical supervising faculty, preceptor mentor, regional clinical education manager, clinical documentation specialist, lead palliative facilitator, lead subject matter expert, and extensive experience with programmatic, curriculum, and course development. She has a marked passion for palliative care education and encouraging others and completed a scholarly project regarding a supportive intervention for families and caregivers of palliative care patients.

Courses Taught

NRNP 6540 - Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults

DRNP 6540 - Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults,

PRAC 6540 - Advanced Practice Care of the Older Adult Practicum

PRAC 6565 - Synthesis Advanced Nursing Practice Care Practicum


DNP, Missouri State University

MSN, Maryville University

BSN, Central Methodist University

BS, Columbia College

AAS, Columbia College

AS, Lincoln University

AS, Columbia College

Public Service

Cancer Support Group, Volunteer - Rolla

Awards / Honors

2023 Adjunct Spotlight of the Year, Franklin University, 2023

FISH [Franklin Is So Happy] Award, Franklin University, 2023

Cultural Excellence Award, Mercy, 2018


Bland, J. L. (2022). Supportive Intervention for Families and Caregivers of Palliative Care Patients. Research Abstract


Bland, J. (2021). Support Intervention for Families and Caregivers of Palliative Care Patients. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)