Jessica Naber

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

Dr. Jessica Naber’s education in Nursing consists of a Bachelors in Nursing from Murray State University, a Masters in Nursing Education from Bellarmine University, and a PhD in Nursing from University of Tennessee. She has served in a nursing faculty role for the past 17 years. Dr. Naber has taught at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky as a clinical instructor and at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in both the didactic and clinical setting. She has taught a variety of courses, including Philosophy of Science, Theory, Research, and Capstone at the Masters and Doctoral levels. She has advised numerous Honors Thesis project and Capstone projects, as well as many independent student research studies. She is joining Walden University as a contributing faculty member in 2020.

Dr. Naber’s current research interest focuses on healthy lifestyles, particularly in the five National Geographic Blue Zones, and she has published several articles and presented in numerous venues about this topic. She has led several education abroad programs, taking nursing students to visit these locations and study the lifestyles of centenarians in the world. She has been the recipient of the Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year award, the Outstanding Research Award, the Ruth E. Cole Endowed Professorship, and the Education Abroad Curriculum Award.


PhD, University of Tennessee

MSN, Bellarmine University

BSN, Murray State University

Public Service

Calloway County Family Resource Center Advisory Council, Committee Member - Murray

Calloway County Middle School Site-Based Decision Making Council , Committee Member - Murray

Calloway County Schools District Calendar Committee, Committee Member -

Future Problem Solving Coach, Organizer -

Awards / Honors

Education Abroad Curriculum Award for innovation in teaching., Education Abroad office, 2020

Distinguished Professor Award, , 2020

Ruth E. Cole Endowed Professorship award., , 2017


Naber, J. L. (2020). Blue Zone of Ikaria, Greece: An education abroad program for nursing and health-related disciplines. . Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

Naber, J. L. (2019). A nursing study abroad experience in the Blue Zone of Sardinia, Italy: A case study of the program and development. . Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Research and Care

Naber, J. L. (2017). A guide to nursing students’ written reflections for students and educators.. Nurse Education in Practice


Naber, J. L. (2020). Education Abroad: From Educational Program to Faculty and Student Scholarship.. Murray State University

Naber, J. L. (2018). It’s good to be blue: A nursing study abroad Blue Zone experience in Sardinia, Italy. .. Elsevier/Mosby's

Naber, J. L. (2019). It’s good to be blue: Nursing study abroad Blue Zone experiences in Italy and Greece.. STTI