Cheryl Feenstra

Cheryl Feenstra

  • Dr. Cheryl Feenstra
  • Nursing, Emerita
  • Science Building (Map)


  • 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 & Chairperson, 2010 - present
  • Calvin College Department of Nursing, Professor, 2004 - 2010
  • 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

Academic interests

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


  • Ayoola, A., Slager, D., Feenstra, C. & Zandee, G. A Feasibility Study of Women's Confidence and Comfort in Use of a Kit to Monitor Ovulation. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12347.
  • 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:

  • "Three Cultures: Three Expressions of Christian Nursing." (June, 2014). Faith Based Nursing Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana.
  • "Preconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation Time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Study" poster (July, 2011). Sigma Theta Tau 22nd International Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico.
  • "From There to Here: Learning Innovative Ways to Improve Healthcare". (November, 2009). American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, Chicago, Illinois.


  • "Preconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Study" done with Ayoola, A., Slager, D., and Zandee, G.L. 2010-2011.
  • "Postpartum Emotional Support Program" with Doornbos, M.M., and Roberts, N., Spring 2006 - Spring 2007
  • 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 services

  • Elected Secretary of Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing - July, 2012 - July, 2014
  • Ad hoc committee planning 20th Anniversary celebration for Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Spring, 2008
  • Abstract reviewer for annual conference of American Scientific Affiliation/Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, Spring 2008

Professional associations

  • 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


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


  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship Grant: "Global Health Inequalities, Human Rights and Justice." September, 2008 - May, 2009, $4120.

  • Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant: "Community Based Nursing Education via Service-Learning Partnership." January 2002-July 2003, $2275.

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