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Faculty & Staff: Cheryl Feenstra

Cheryl FeenstraCheryl Feenstra PhD, RNC |


  • PhD, Michigan State University, Family Ecology, 1996
  • MSN, Wayne State University, 1979 (Magna cum Laude)
  • BSN, University of Michigan, 1972 (Magna cum Laude)


  • Maternal - infant, Community health

Professional Experience:

  • Calvin College Department of Nursing, Professor, 2004 - present
  • Calvin College Department of Nursing, Professor & Chairperson, 2000 - 2004
  • Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, Professor, 1999-2000
  • Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, Associate Professor, 1996-1999
  • Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, Assistant Professor, 1989-1996
  • University of Michigan, Adjunct Faculty, 1988
  • Mercy College of Detroit, Adjunct Faculty, 1986-1987
  • Butterworth Hospital, Staff Nurse, 1982 & 1983
  • Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, Adjunct Faculty, 1983
  • Grand Valley State University, Adjunct Faculty, 1980-1989
  • Grand Valley State University, Instructor, 1979-1980
  • L.W. Blake Memorial Hospital, Staff Nurse, 1974-1976
  • Ottawa County Health Department, Staff Nurse, 1972, 1973-1974
  • St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Instructor, 1972-1973


  • "Community Based Nursing Education via Service-Learning Partnership." Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant, 2002-2003, $2275.00


  • Feenstra, C. American Nursing Students in the Philippines: Learning Cultural Sensitivity through Experience. Submitted for publication to Nurse Educator. April, 20
  • Feenstra, C., Gordon, B., Hansen, D. & Zandee, G. Managing Community and Neighborhood Partnerships in a Community-Based Nursing Curriculum. Journal of Professional Nursing. May-June, 2006.
  • Feenstra, C. (2000). Community based and community focused: Nursing education in community health. Public Health Nursing, 17(3), 155-159.
    Feenstra, C. (2000, October). Healthy people 2010. Michigan Nurse.

Recent Presentations:

  • December, 2005 “Implementing a community-based curriculum: Meeting the challenge through unique faculty roles.”  American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Baccalaureate Education Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • January, 2005 “Evidence-Based Practice in Community Health Nursing: Teaching By Doing”.  Silliman University College of Nursing Continuing Education.  Dumaguete City, Negros, Philippines
  • November, 2004 “Evidence-Based Practice: Teaching By Doing”.  American Association of College of Nursing. Baccalaureate Education Conference, Sunny Lake, Florida.
  • December, 2003 "Calvin College Nursing-Neighborhood Partnerships" Spectrum Health Healthier Communities Staff, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • November, 2003 "Learning Leadership for Community Health Nursing" Poster presentation for American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Baccalaureate Education Conference), San Antonio, TX.
  • May, 2003 “The Calvin College Nursing Curriculum – Why and What” Advancement Seminar: Development and Enrollment and External Relations Divisions, Calvin College.
  • October, 2002 “A Rural Partnership: Educating Public Health Nursing Students” 3rd International Congress of Rural Nurses, Binghamton, NY
  • December, 2000 “Educating Public Health Nursing Students: Partnerships in Urban, Rural, and Inner-city Areas” Third Annual Baccalaureate Education Conference, Chicago, IL


  • Baxter Neighborhood Participatory Research Project, 2003 - present.
  • "Assessment of Intervention Program on Parenting Stress with Young Mothers." Joint project with Kent County Health Department and Arbor Circle, 2000 - present.
  • "Parental Variables in Parent-Newborn Communication." 1994-1996
  • Coordinator of "Parent-Child Factors in High-Risk Infant Development" project with Mary Horan (Grand Valley State University) and Carol Loveland-Cherry (University of Michigan), 1987-1989.
  • "Examination of Clinical Nursing Needs and Nurse Staffing on the Maternity Unit." 1979.

Professional Interests:

  • Professional Nursing Organizations
  • Research in parent-infant communication
  • Consultant to International Aid project on Philippine Registered Nurse Utilization

Professional Memberships:

  • Association for Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nursing
  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Invited member of MNA Taskforce on Nursing Shortage, 2002-2003
  • Elected member of MNA Nursing Practice Council, Vice-chair, 1999-2000
  • President, Lakeshore Chapter Nurses Association, 1994-1998
  • Sigma Theta Tau International - Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large
    Vice President, 2003 - present
  • Spectrum Health Nursing Research Committee

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