Mary E Flikkema

Mary Flikkema

  • Mrs. Mary E Flikkema
  • Nursing, Emerita
  • Science Building (Map)


  • Diploma in Nursing, Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, 1972
  • BS, Health Sciences, Western Michigan University, 1986 (Cum Laude)
  • MSN, Adult Health, Grand Valley State University, 1989 (Magna cum Laude)
  • Doctoral study, Wayne State University, 1991-1996
  • Doctoral study, Michigan State University, 1997-2000

Specialty Areas:

  • Cardiovascular Nursing, Critical Care

Professional Experience:

  • Calvin College Department of Nursing, Associate Professor, 2002 - present
  • Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, Associate Professor, 1989-2003
  • Butterworth Hospital, Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse, Critical Care, 1981-1989
  • Blodgett School of Nursing, Faculty, 1974-1980
  • Blodgett Hospital, Staff Nurse, Medical & Critical Care, 1972-1974

Academic interests

  • Families of persons experiencing chronic cardiac disease
  • Self-care of cardiovascular patients
  • Nursing education

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  • Christian Perspectives in Nursing (writing project with interdisciplinary work group), Eerdmans Publishing.


  • "The Intangibility of Caring Practice." Address at the final pinning ceremony for the Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing, 2003.
  • "Christian Caring--What are the Boundaries?" Presented at A Christian Perspective on Professional Responsibility in Nursing, 2001.
  • "Meeting the Needs of the Future: Nursing Recruitment." Spectrum Hospital Alumni Association & Administrators, 2001.
  • "Nursing Education & New Graduates." Panel discussion, Spectrum Hospital Nurse Educators, 2000.
  • "Interactive Teaching Strategies for Nursing in the Distance Learning Classroom." Michigan Nurses Association Convention, 1999.
  • "Providing Culturally Sensitive Care in the Acute Care Setting." Zeeland Hospital, 1998.

Professional services

  • Board Member, Christian Rest Home (Chair, Personnel Committee)
  • Elder, Grace Christian Reformed Church
  • Parish Nurse, Grace Christian Reformed Church

Professional associations



  • "Types, Extent & Effect of Spiritual Care for Residents at the End-of-Life in Continuum of Care Facilities." Fetzer Foundation, grant pending (2002-2003).
  • "Client's Perceived Adequacy of Education related to Fears and Adjustments following Myocardial Infarction." American Heart Association, 1988.

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