Wendy C. Kooken, PhD, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Wendy C. Kooken received an A.A.S. in nursing at Illinois Central College in 1985.
She earned a B.S.N. in 1999 and a M.S.N. in Nursing Administration in 2002 from Bradley
University. Her Ph.D. and post doctoral fellowship were completed at Indiana University
in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2012, Dr. Kooken taught
for Bradley University in Peoria, Western Illinois University in Macomb, Indiana University
in Indianapolis, IN, and for Kansas University Medical Center. Her nursing positions
have been diverse and include post anesthesia care at Pekin Hospital, tissue services
coordinator for American Red Cross and American Tissue Services Foundation, and staff
nurse at Crittenton Care and Counseling in Peoria.
Honors and Memberships
Dr. Kooken is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, National League of
Nursing, Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
of Nursing. She has been awarded regional, state and national funding including an
Illinois Board of Higher Education Nurse Educator Fellowship in 2007. Dr. Kooken
reviews manuscripts for several journals including Qualitative Health Research.
Dr. Kooken's Curriculum Vitae