Anneke Francke

Anneke Francke was trained as a nurse and sociologist. In NIVEL she is coordinator of the nursing research program since 1998. In addition, she is professor since 2009 at VU University, where she holds the chair of ‘Nursing and care at the end of life’.  In NIVEL she leads a research team of four senior researchers and a varying number (junior) researchers. In addition, she supervises about 12 PhD students, who are often employed within VU University or  NIVEL. Her research work and additional activities are characterized by extensive cooperation relations with partners in universities of applied sciences, healthcare and professional organizations, and other knowledge and research institutes.


  • member of the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects
  • member of the scientific committee of V&VN Dutch Nurses' Association
  • vice chair Supervisory Board care organization De Rijnhoven
  • Co-chair of the Nursing Taskforce Education in Palliative Care of the European Association of Palliative Care
  • Member of the jury of the Anna Reynvaan award
  • Member of the ZonMw programme committee on quality standards in Nursing and Care
  • Accreditation committee on innovations in the care for the elderly, Vilans
  • Universiteit van Humanistiek - Curatorium of the Endowed Chair Volunteer Help in Palliative Care
  • Member of Rho Chi Chapter-at-Large of the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International

Job experience

  • 2009-present: Part-time professor VU university medical centere (EMGO+): Chair: Nursing and care at the end-of-life
  • 1998-present: Coordinator of the research programme “Nursing and Care” in NIVEL
  • 1998-2006: Senior teacher “Care” at the department Medical-social sciences of Brussels Free University
  • 1995-1998: Researcher in NIVEL
  • 1988-1995: Researcher at the Helen Dowling Institute
  • 1987: Research Assistant in a policy study of “The Klokkenberg”, a clinic for C.O.P.D. patients
  • 1983-1984: Assistant in a general practice, Utrecht
  • 1983-1987: Registered nurse (part-time) in several general hospitals and nursing homes, Utrecht
  • 1981: Registered nurse in a general hospital Middelburg


  • 1996: Phd-degree (Phd-thesis “Continuing pain education; the impact on nursing practice” )
  • 1982-1987:Sociology, State University Utrecht (in 1987 Master Degree)
  • 1981-1982: propedeuse Social Academy, Kampen (NL)
  • 1977-1981: Education in Nursing (in service training), Middelburg (NL)