Nienke obtained her Bachelor degree in Nursing at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht in 2007. During her final year of her Bachelor she started with the pre-master Nursing Science at the Utrecht University. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing Science in 2009. Meanwhile, Nienke worked as a registered nurse in the home care setting. After graduation, she started her PhD at the University Medical Center Utrecht, department Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care under supervision of Prof. dr. Marieke Schuurmans, Prof. dr. Niek de Wit and Dr. Hester ten Dam. During her PhD study, Nienke followed the Postgraduate Master of Clinical Epidemiology at the Utrecht University where she obtained a Master of Science degree in 2013.
Since 2012, Nienke is working as a lecturer in the pre-master and master program of Clinical Health Sciences / Nursing Science in Utrecht. Currently she is a postdoc researcher at the department of Rehabilitation, Nursing Science and Sport and the Julius Center of Health Sciences and Primary Care, department General Practice, University Medical Center Utrecht. She also works at the Julius Leidsche Rijn Health Care Center where she focuses on the implementation of proactive care for older adults.