College of Nursing

Sarah Kooienga

Sarah Kooienga

Assistant Professor, Vancouver
Sarah Kooienga
Assistant Professor, Vancouver
(360) 546-9278
(360) 546-9398
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600

Sarah Kooienga joined the WSU College of Nursing faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor on the Vancouver campus. For the past 25 years, Sarah has been a Family Nurse Practitioner providing across the life span primary care to a diverse group of patients and families. She currently practices in a two provider independent family practice in West Linn, Oregon.
Her teaching at the College of Nursing has been at the graduate level in clinically focused FNP courses. Sarah’s program of research focuses on Electronic Health Record implementation in independent primary care NP practice, specifically in rural areas. She has experience in a number of qualitative research methodologies, including ethnography and narrative based methodologies. On the Vancouver campus, Sarah serves on the campus scholarship committee and the Research Showcase committee. Sarah has spent time as a visiting faculty in New Zealand and is interested in the international development of the primary care nurse practitioner role. She functions as an examiner for the Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) NP licensure exam for the College of Registered Nurses-British Columbia, Canada.


  • PhD, Oregon Health and Science Universtiy (OSHU), Portland, OR
  • MSN FNP, University of North Caroloina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • BSN, Rush University, Chicago, IL


Research interests: electronic health record implementation and use in primary care, human interaction with health care technologies, chronic disease experience in ethnically diverse populations, International development of the primary care nurse practitioner role, Narrative and other qualitative methodologies
Health Policy interests: Meaningful Use and other HIT implementation policies,  primary care health care home initiatives


  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2011-present
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), 2011-present
  • Primary Care Patient Centered Home ( PCPCH) State wide Implementation Task Force, 2011
  • Nurse Practitioners of Oregon (NPO), 2008-present 


  • Outstanding Poster Presentation-NONPF annual conference, Charleston, SC, 2012
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Best Research Paper Award, 2007
  • Diane Forsythe Award American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)-best exemplified Diane Forsythe’s spirit at the Intersection of Informatics and Social Science, 2006
  • Sigma Theta Tau Beta Psi chapter Outstanding Doctoral student, 2006


Lynott, M., Kooienga, S., Stewart,V. (in press) Communication and Electronic Health Record training: a comparison of three health care systems. Informatics in Primary Care

Kooienga, S., Stewart, V.(2012)  Putting a face on medical error-a patient perspective Journal for Health Care Quality Vol 33 Issue 4 pages 37-41.
Kooienga, S., Carryer, J.-(2008)- Family Nurse Practitioners: Exploring the difference-a NZ/US dialogue Te Puawai-Vol 4 College of Registered Nurses-New Zealand

Ventres, W., Kooienga, S., Marlin, R. (2006) EHRs in the Exam Room: Tips on Patient-Centered Care. Family Practice Management 13(3): 45-47 cited by 9 4 cites since 2011

Ventres, W., Kooienga, S., Vuckovic, N., Marlin, R., Nygren, P., Stewart, V., (2006) Physicians, patients and the electronic health record; an ethnographic analysis. Annals of Family Medicine. 4: 124-131

Ventres, W., Kooienga, S., Marlin, R., Vuckovic, N., Stewart, V., (2005) Practitioner’s style and examination room computers: a videoethnography. Family Medicine. 37 (4): 276-81 (Impact Factor 2.22 cited by 24  5 cites since 2011



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