Gail Zandee

Gail Zandee


  • MSN, Community Health Nursing, Wayne State University, 1993
  • BSN, Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, 1990


  • Community Health Nursing

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Nursing, Calvin College Grand Rapids, Michigan 2009 - present
  • Calvin College Department of Nursing, Community Partnership Coordinator, 2001 - present
  • Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, Assistant Professor, 1993 - 2000
  • Sparta Health Center, Community Health Nurse, 1994
  • Blodgett Hospital, Staff Nurse, Cardiac Care Unit, 1990 – 1993

Academic interests

  • Health Promotion / Illness Prevention
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Community / Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Community Health Worker Programs

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  • Ayoola, A.B., Adams, Y.J., Kamp, K, Zandee, G.L., Feenstra, C. & Doornbos, M.M. (2017).  Promoting the future of nursing by increasing zest for research in undergraduate nursing students.  Journal of Professional Nursing, in press.
  • Ayoola, A.B., Sneller, K.S., Ebeye, T.D., Dykstra, M.J., Ellens, V.L., HaEun, G.L. & Zandee, G.L. (2016).  Preconception health behaviors of low-income women.  Maternal Child Nursing, 41(5), 293-298
  • Ayoola, A.B., Zandee, G. & Tonlaar, Y. (2016). Women's knowledge of ovulation, the menstrual cycle and its associated reproductive changes. Birth, 1-8.
  • Ayoola, A.B., Slager, D., Feenstra, C. & Zandee, G. (2015).  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
  • Doornbos, M.M., Ayoola, A.B., Topp, R. & Zandee, G.L. (2015). Conducting research with community groups. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/0193945915573633
  • Zandee, G.L., Bossenbroek, D. Slager, D., Gordon, B., Ayoola, A.B., Doornbos, M.M., & Lima, A. (2015). The impact of integrating community-based participatory research into a baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(7), 394-398. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20150617-07
  • Doornbos, M.M., Zandee, G.L., DeGroot, J. (2014). Attending to communication and patterns of interaction:  Culturally sensitive mental health care for groups of urban, ethnically diverse, impoverished, and underserved women. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 20(4), 239-249.
  • Ayoola, A.B., Zandee, G.L., Johnson, E., & Pennings, K. (2014). Contraceptive use among low-income women living in medically underserved neighborhoods. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 43(10), 455-462. doi: 1111/1552-6909.12462
  • Doornbos, M.M., Zandee, G.L., DeGroot, J., & DeMaagd-Rodriguez, M. (2013). Using community-based participatory research to explore social determinants of women's mental health and barriers to help-seeking in three urban, ethnically diverse, impoverished, and underserved communities. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 27(278-284)
  • Zandee, G.L., Bossenbroek, D., Slager, D., Gordon, B. (2013). Teams of community health workers and nursing students effect health promotion of underserved urban neighborhoods. Public Health Nursing, 30(5), 439-447.
  • Zandee, G., Bossenbroek, D., Friesen, M., Blec, K., & Engbers, R. (2010). Effectiveness of community health worker/nursing student teams as a strategy for public health nursing education. Public Health Nursing, 27(3), 277-284.
  • Doornbos, M.M., Zandee, G.L., & DeGroot, J. (2012). Clinging to any bit of joy: Urban, ethnically diverse, impoverished women’s descriptions of anxiety and depression. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26 (6), 437-447.
  • Zandee, G. (2012).  Mapping a strategic plan for health:  Community-based participatory research with underserved, low-income urban neighborhoods.  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(3), 95-97.
  • Doornbos, M.M., Zandee, G.L., DeGroot, J., & Warpinski, M. (2013). Desired mental health resources for ethnically diverse, impoverished women struggling with anxiety and depression. Qualitative Health Research, 23 (1),78-92.
  • Ayoola, A. J., & Zandee, G. L. (2013).   Low-income women's recommendations for promoting early pregnancy recognition. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 58(4), 41
  • Zandee. G. L. (2007).  Transforming a nursing department by emphasizing place and partnership. In G. Heffner and C. D. Beversluie (PIs), Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity.  Teagle White Paper retrieved from

    Feenstra, C., Gordon, B., Hansen, D., Zandee, G. (2006).  Managing community and neighborhood partnerships in a community-based nursing curriculum.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 22(4), 236-241.

    Heffner, G. G., Zandee, G. L., & Schwander, L. (2003).  Listening to community voices:  Community-based research, a first step in partnership and outreach.  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 8(1), 127-139.

    Zandee, G. L.  (2002).  Reciprocity and partnership:  The multidimensional impact of community driven nursing practice.   In G. Heffner & C. Beversluis (Eds.), Commitment and connection:  Service-learning and Christian higher education.  Lanham, MD:  University Press of America.

Professional associations

Sigma Theta Tau - Kappa Epsilon Chapter


  • Excellence in Reserach Award.  Sigma Theta Tau - Kappa Epsilon Chapter, December, 2015
  • 2013 Award for Community Based Teaching, Calvin College, March 2013. (This award was given to the whole nursing department).
  • Community/Academic Partnership First Place Award for poster submitted in the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research conference. April 2012.
  • Poster Award for "Mapping a Strategic Plan for Health:  Community Based Participatory Research with Underserved, Low-Income, Urban Neighborhoods". Submitted to National Outreach Scholarship Conference. October, 2011.
  • Community/Academic Partnership Second Place Award for poster submitted in the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research conference, May, 2011.
  • Leininger Breakthrough Award Honorable Recognition, September, 2008.
  • Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award, February, 2008
  • Community Partnership Award. Calvin College, April, 2005
  • Woman of Achievement Recognition. YWCA, Grand Rapids, MI, November, 2004.



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