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Barb Vincensi

Barb Vincensi


Room 1142 of Science Center
616-395-7536 (office)


  • PhD: Loyola University 2011. Dissertation: Spiritual Care in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Post Master's Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner: Grand Valley State University - 1997
  • MSN: Indiana University. Specialty: Clinical Nurse Specialist of Adults
  • BSN: Purdue University. Specialty focus: Community Health
  • ADN: Purdue University

Other Education:

  • Parish Nurse Levels I and II. Marquette University, Madison Wisconsin.
  • Spiritual Formation of Laity, Levels I and II: Spiritual Companioning. Dominican Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Inter-denominational basic coursework for spiritual directors.

Specialty Areas:

  • Parish Nursing
  • Advance Practice Roles - Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Spirituality and Spiritual Care
  • Gerontology
  • Under-served Populations

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing – Hope College 2006-Present
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Lakewood Family Medicine, Holland, MI, 1997-Present (part time 2006-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty clinical preceptor roles:
    • Grand Valley State University, Graduate Nursing Education (NP and CNS roles), Grand Rapids, MI (1993-2005)
    • Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI (2002)
    • Emory University and Albany Medical Center (WOCN preceptor) (1995)
  • Holland Hospital, Holland, MI 1989-1997
    • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse, Inpatient Care and Outpatient Clinic
  • Home Health Care Nurse and WOGN Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehab Nurse Case Manager, Outpatient. Butterworth Hospital. Grand Rapids, MI 1987-1989
  • Manager, Medicare/Medicaid Division, Home Health Care Tender Loving Care Home Care, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1984-1985
  • Indiana University Graduate Research Assistant, Community Health Nursing Department, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Clinical Experience-Trama/Surgical ICU, Home Health Care, General Medical Surgical Critical Care including Cardiac Care, Endoscopy, Post-Anesthesia Recovery, Cardiac Rehabilitation with Stress Testing, Leadership, Medical-Surgical nursing

Publications and Review Work:

  • Bakker, D. & Vincensi B. (1995). Economic impact of the CNS: Practitioner role. Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal, 36(5), 50-53.
  • 1991-1993 Peer reviewer, Orthopedic Nursing Journal.
  • 1993-1995 Book reviewer, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.


  • 2013, March Podium Presentation. Midwest Nurse Research Society. Integrating Spiritual Care into Nurse Practitioner Practice to Improve Client Health Indicators.Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2013, March Podium Presentation. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Caring for the Spirit to Decrease Health Care Costs: Are Nurse Practitioners Able to Recognize the Cues and Behaviors of Spiritual Care Concerns and Provide Spiritual Care to Patients? Hope College, Holland, MI.
  • 2012 April Poster Presentations: Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large. Grand Rapids, MI.
      1. Spiritual Care in Advanced Practice Nursing
      2. Two New Instruments to Evaluate Geriatric Nurse Practitioners Incorporation of Spiritual Care into Practice
  • 2012, October Poster Presentations: "Spiritual Care in Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing"Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large.SGrand Rapids, MI.
  • 2011, May Poster Presentation. American Holistic Nurses Association. Geriatric Nurse Practitioners and Spiritual Care. Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 2009, December "Health Through Spirituality" Grace Episcopal Church, Holland, MI
  • 2008, December "Health through Spiritually "Grace Episcopal Church, Holland, MI.
  • 2007, October "Theory Derivation: Social Exchange Theory and Nursing Spiritual Care" Hope College Nursing Faculty, Holland, MI.


  • Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Epsilon chapter-at-large. Pre-Doctoral Nursing Research Grant- 2010
  • American Holistic Nurses Association. Pre-Doctoral Nursing Research Grant. 2010
  • Hope College Jean Mason Debbink Faculty development Grant - June 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012


Professional Organizations/Certifications

  • Midwest Nurses Research Society, member 2012-present
  • American Holistic Nurses Association, member 2007-present
    • Advanced Holistic Nurse, Certified (American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center-2007-2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau, member, Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large 1993-present
    • Vice President 2006-2008
  • Holland Community Hospital, Holland, MI. Affiliate Medical Staff 1997-Present
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 1997-Present
  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist certified ANCC 1991-2001
  • Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) Certified and member, WOCN Society 1992- 1998
  • American Nurses Association, Indiana and Michigan, District Legislative Committees 1975 – 1997.

Community Service

  • Holland Hospital Nursing Research Committee, Holland, MI. 2013-Present
  • Ready for School, Community Initiative, Medical Task Force. Holland, MI 2010-Present
  • Holland Home Care, Holland Hospital, Professional Advisory Board 2007-Present
  • Hospice of Holland, Advisory Board (2003-2005).
  • Parish Nurse Ministry, Volunteer, St. Francis de Sales Holland, MI. 2000-2002
  • Community Health Center, Holland, MI. Volunteer, Family Nurse Practitioner and WOCN certified specialist, medically undeserved population 1998-2000
  • Mentor/Guest Speaker, Hope College Upward Bound Program. 1998-present


  • 2011 Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon-at-Large Chapter, Excellence in Education in Nursing