dr. N. (Nienke) Bleijenberg Assistant Professor
- Department of Public Health, Healthcare Innovation & Evaluation and Medical Humanities (PHM)
Nienke Bleijenberg, RN, PhD, is an assistant professor Nursing Science at the University Medical Center Utrecht and a professor (In Dutch: Lector) at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands. She worked for many years as a district nurse in Utrecht with mostly geriatric patients living at home with high complex care needs. During her work it became apparent to her that scientific knowledge is needed in order to change and improve the care for older people and the gap between knowledge and practice. During her PhD study she developed a multicomponent proactive primary care program to enhance daily functioning of multimorbid, frail older people. In an ambitious randomized controlled trial, 52 primary care centers, over 3000 patients and more than 350 caregivers participated. Moreover, Dr. Bleijenberg developed a training program for the nurses in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. During her work as a PhD student Nienke completed the Post Graduate Master Epidemiology at Utrecht University. Since 2014 she works one-day a week at Leidsche Rijn Julius Health Care Centers to implement the care program and enhance clinical practice. Since 2012 she is involved as a teacher and coordinator at the master Clinical Health Sciences, Nursing Science (UU). Since 2014 she is a yearly visiting scholar at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Geriatrics, working with Dr Kenneth Covinsky and Dr Alexander Smith.
Her current research program focuses on the preservation of daily functioning, prevention of acute events, and improving quality of care and patient outcomes of frail older people and those with multimorbidity living at home. Futhermore, she is focusing on the role, impact and patient outcomes of district nursing care. Nienke is a supervisor of 5 PhD students, receveid 11 grants (2.1M) She has published over 30 international peer reviewed publications, 15 practice publications and contributed to three book publications. Her knowledge extends to nursing, geriatrics in primary care, home care, and epidemiology
Nienke is a member of the National Association of Nurses, and a fellow of the European Association of Nursing Scientists. She is currently chair of the research group Care for Older people at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands
- Visiting scholar University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Divison of Geriatrics and School of Nursing
- Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honor Society of Nursing, Rho Chi Chapter at large.
- Member European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS).
- Counselor for the Rho Chi Chapter at large, Nursing Science Utrecht and University Medical Center Utrecht.
- Member European REFLECTION NETWORK for development and evaluation of complex interventions.
Fellowship and Awards
- 2017: Fellow European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)
- 2016-2018: Fellow in Leadership in Mentoring Nursing Research (LMNR) programme ZonMw: https://www.zonmw.nl/nl/actueel/nieuws/detail/item/als-zorgonderzoeker-moet-je-de-praktijk-heel-goed-kennen/ 2018: Viper presentation award at International Community Care Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) Conference, Wales.
Recognition: Proactive Care Program 'Om U' has been listed in top 10 most promising programs in the Common Wealth Fund report: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2017/sep/designing-high-performing-health-care-system-patients-complex