Mary Bemker-page

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

Dr. Bemker is core faculty at Walden University where she teaches MSN students evidence based practice. She has taught at the graduate level for over 25 years and also worked in community health with high-risk youths and adolescents for over 20 years. She started a counseling and development department for a Fortune 500 company which she headed for a number of years. In addition, she has a private practice with specializations in addictions, PTSD and trauma issues, and family dynamics. She co-edited and wrote several chapters in seven nursing textbooks. The first edition population health textbook was selected as the 2018 AJN Book of the Year for advanced practice nurses. The other texts address the development and execution of a DNP project and how to disseminate the results, teaching and mentoring the DNP project, resiliency in nursing, advanced nursing leadership, and a revised population health text. Two of the texts are in press and expected to be published this year. The revised edition is slated for a 2024 publication. Dr. Bemker is a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, associate editor for MERLOT, former lead for Disaster Mental Health (American Red Cross Kentuckiana Chapter) and offers Services to the Armed Forces via workshops and community outreach through the American Red Cross. She is an international speaker, and presents several times each year at professional conferences and community events. Dr. Bemker is a Paul Harris Fellow, Henderson Fellow and a Fellow in the American Association of Social Psychiatry. She serves on two professional boards. Her primary research interests include resiliency, adolescent health, substance use disorders, PTSD, and cultural competency.

Courses Taught

NURS 6052 - Evidence Based Practice


PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

PsyS, Spalding University

MSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham

MS, Indiana University

BSN, Spalding College

Post-master's Certificate, Cornell University

Public Service

American Red Cross - Services to the Armed Forces, Volunteer - Louisville

American Red Cross, Other - Louisville

Middletown Rotary Club, President - Louisville

Buechel Rotary Club, President - Louisville

SOAR Advisory Board, Board Member - Frankfort

Bridgehaven, Board of Directors - Louisville

Awards / Honors

Henderson Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2018

Paul Harris Fellow, , 1998

Honarary Doctorate - Psychology, University of Victoria (Australia), 1990

First Place Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing, 2019


Bemker-Page, M. A., Schreiner, B. (2016). The DNP Degree and Capstone Project.

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2018). Population Health and Its Integration Into Advanced Nursing Practice.

Bemker-Page, M. A., Ralyea, C., Schreiner, B. (2021). The Successful Completion of your DNP Project: Practical Guide and Exemplars.

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2016). Compassion Fatigue. NevadaRNformation

Bemker-Page, M. A., LaPoe, V. (2018). Compassion Fatigue and Journalists: An Investigation.

Biddle, M., Bemker, M. (2018). Care for Self: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). Compassionate Care: Who Provides Care for the Caregiver? . International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices

Bemker-Page, M. A., Schreiner, B. (2016). DNP Contributions to the Future of Nursing Practice, Nursing Education and Health Care Policy.

LaPoe, V., LaPoe, B., Bemker, M. (2018). Looking at the Role of Nurses in Media: Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe.

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2016). Planning and Conducting the DNP project: A Toolkit for Success.

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2016). Sharing Results of the DNP Project: Practical Tips for Dissemination.

LaPoe, V., LaPoe, B., Bemker, M. (2018). Sticking to the Mother Myth: Discussing Race and Gender in Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe.

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2018). Substance Use Disorders.

Batchen, M., Bemker, M. (2018). Trauma and Mental Health in Population Health.


Bemker-Page, M. A. (2018). Adolescent Female High Risk Behaviors. AHNA

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2015). Adolescent Female Substance Abuse. TUN

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2019). Adolescent Female Substance Use Disorders. STTI Psi Nu Chapter

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). Adolescent Females High Risk Behaviors: Early Intervention Measures for Healthy Outcomes. Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

LaPoe, V. L., Bemker, M. (2014). Authentic Native Voices: How Digital Platforms are Changing American Indian Information and Education. Eastern Kentucky University

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2018). Compassion Fatigue. NNF

Bemker, M. (2016). Compassion Fatigue and Nurses. Spalding University

Bemker-page, M. (2019). Compassion Fatigue and Nursing. Neuman Systems Foundation

Bemker-Page, M. A., Holladay, K. (2017). Compassion Fatigue. Clinical and Mental Health and Individual Trauma Division. KY Counseling Association

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2018). Compassion Rural Nursing. Southwest Minnesota Nursing Honor Society

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). Cultivating Community in an Online Environment. Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies,

Bemker-Page, M. A., Holladay, K. (2018). Ethics for the 21st Century Counselor . TSS

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2019). Family Members of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. Psi Nu STTI

Bemker-Page, M. A., Holladay, K. (2018). Intervention and the Substance Use Disorder Family. KCA

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2014). Maximizing your career: Manage your stress. Blog Talk Radio.

Bemker-page, M., Ralyea, C. (2019). Neuman Systems Model and Adolescent Substance Use Disorders. NWSM

Bemker-page, M., Ralyea, C. (2019). Neuman Systems Model and Adolescent Substance Use Disorders. NWSM

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). Own Your Own Career: Followership. Rod Colon - Blog Talk Radio

Bemker-Page, M. A., Leibold, N. (2018). Peer Mentoring: A Key to Success in Online Graduate Nursing Education. STTI

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). Psychological Health and Holistic Initiatives. 3rd Global Summit on Herbals & Traditional Medicine

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). Social Intelligence. National Blog Talk Radio.

Leibold, N., Bemker, M. A. (2018). Storytelling and Praxis for Nurses. AHNA

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2018). Storytelling as a Means to Address Resistance in Clients.

Bemker-Page, M. A., Holladay, K. (2018). Storytelling as a Therapeutic Intervention. KCA

Leibold, N., Bemker, M. A. (2018). Telling Our Story: From Change Resistance to Readiness. STTI

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). The Cost of Caring. International Society of Psychiatric and Mental Helath Nurses

Bemker-Page, M. A. (2017). The Price of Support: Compassion Fatigue.

Bemker-Page, M. A., Leibold, N. (2016). Top 10 Tips for Program Accreditation. Oklaholma Nurses Assocaition