dr. N. (Nienke) Bleijenberg

dr. N. (Nienke) Bleijenberg

Associate Professor
dr. N. (Nienke) Bleijenberg
  • Julius Center, dept. General Practice & Nursing Science

Research Programs

Infection & Immunity




Nienke Bleijenberg, RN, PhD, is an associate professor Nursing Science at the University Medical Center Utrecht and a professor (In Dutch: Lector) at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Her research programme is focusing early detection of functional decline and prevention of acute events such as an emergency department vist. By developing and evaluating complex interventions she aims to improve independence of older adults living at home. 

She worked for many years as a home care 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. Between 2014-2018 she combined clinical work with research and teaching. Since 2012 she is involved as a teacher and coordinator at the master Clinical Health Sciences, Nursing Science (UU). Between 2014-2018 she was a yearly visiting scholar at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Geriatrics, working with Dr Covinsky and Dr Smith.

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 (EANS). She is currently chair of the research group Care for Older people at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands


Side Activities

  • 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


Research Output (47)

What matters most:Exploring the everyday lives of people with dementia

Huizenga Jacoba, Scheffelaar Aukelien, Bleijenberg Nienke, Wilken Jean Pierre, Keady John, Van Regenmortel Tine Aug 2023, In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 38 , p. 1-13 13 p.

Cluster analysis of functional independence in community-dwelling older people

Molenaar Esther A.L.M., Barten Di Janne Ja, de Hoop Anne M.S., Bleijenberg Nienke, de Wit Niek J., Veenhof Cindy Dec 2022, In: BMC Geriatrics. 22

Exploring nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in Dutch district nursing care:A survey study

Veldhuizen Jessica D., Schuurmans Marieke J., Mikkers Misja C., Bleijenberg Nienke Nov 2022, In: Health and Social Care in the Community. 30 , p. e5624-e5636

Everyday Experiences of People Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia:A Scoping Review

Huizenga Jacoba, Scheffelaar Aukelien, Fruijtier Agnetha, Wilken Jean Pierre, Bleijenberg Nienke, Van Regenmortel Tine Sep 2022, In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 19

Measures to improve patient needs assessments and reduce practice variation in Dutch home care organizations

Schwenke Marit, van Dorst José, Zwakhalen Sandra, de Jong Judith D., Brabers Anne E M., Bleijenberg Nienke 2022, In: Nursing Open. 10 , p. 3052-3063 12 p.

Function focused care in hospital:A mixed-method feasibility study

Kok Selma, de Man-van Ginkel Janneke M., Verstraten Carolien, Resnick Barbara, Metzelthin Silke F., Bleijenberg Nienke, Schoonhoven Lisette Nov 2021, In: International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances. 3 , p. 1-15

Impact of organizational context on patient outcomes in a proactive primary care program:a longitudinal observational study

Smit Linda C., De Wit Niek J., Nieuwenhuizen Meggie L., Schuurmans Marieke J., Bleijenberg Nienke 19 Oct 2021, In: BMC Geriatrics. 21 , p. 1-12

Home Care Patients' Experiences with Home Care Nurses' Support in Medication Adherence

Dijkstra Nienke E, Vervloet Marcia, Sino Carolien G M, Heerdink Eibert R, Nelissen-Vrancken Marjorie, Bleijenberg Nienke, de Bruin Marijn, Schoonhoven Lisette 1 Sep 2021, In: Patient Preference and Adherence. 15 , p. 1929-1940 12 p.

Educational intervention to increase nurses’ knowledge, self-efficacy and usage of telehealth:A multi-setting pretest-posttest study

van Houwelingen Thijs, Ettema Roelof G.A., Bleijenberg Nienke, van Os-Medendorp Harmieke, Kort Helianthe S.M., ten Cate Olle 1 Feb 2021, In: Nurse Education in Practice. 51

How can we build and maintain the resilience of our health care professionals during COVID-19?:Recommendations based on a scoping review

Rieckert Anja, Schuit Ewoud, Bleijenberg Nienke, Ten Cate Debbie, De Lange Wendela, De Man-Van Ginkel Janneke M., Mathijssen Elke, Smit Linda C., Stalpers Dewi, Schoonhoven Lisette, Veldhuizen Jessica D., Trappenburg Jaap C.A. 6 Jan 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11 , p. 1-13

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