Wendy C. Kooken, PhD, RN

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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