Tamara Bland is a full-time Assistant Professor in Nursing and Executive Director of the Nursing Program at Dominican University. Tamara has spent many years as a staff nurse in medical/surgical and cardiac intensive care units.
A proponent of giving back to the profession of nursing, Tamara served as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs in nursing, facilitating learning for undergraduate nursing students. As a nurse she focuses on working with marginalized communities providing patient education, empowering families to participate in their plan of care, and health equity for the BIPOC community. Her passion is working to increase diversity in Higher Education, both among faculty and students, to benefit academia and the profession of nursing.
In 2020, Tamara was elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois – National League for Nursing (NLN) as President elect. As an active member of the Illinois Nurses Association, she is dedicated to advocating for the profession of nursing and for the health of Illinois residents. Tamara also serves as Co-chair on ANA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion steering committee. She also serves as a Core Team Member of Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing and transformation committee serving to build interfaith, intergenerational and diverse communities that work to erase barriers to equity and inclusion. Dr. Bland is a 2021 Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) fellow. ENACT is a national, nonpartisan program engaging undergraduates at colleges and universities in state-level legislative change by learning to work with legislators, staffers and community organizations to advance policy. Dr. Bland is working to empower nurses who are advocating for change, specifically related to health reform and health community issues that can affect marginalized communities unequally.