Faculty/Staff Profile

Windy Alonso, PhD, RN      See CV
Assistant Professor

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel:(402) 559-8342 
E-Mail: windy.alonso@unmc.edu

Dr. Alonso is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing – Omaha Division. Dr. Alonso received her associate’s degree in nursing from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA and completed her BSN at DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. She was awarded an MS and PhD (2017) in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. Dr. Alonso worked clinically as a nursing assistant on a cardiac step-down and as a staff nurse in neonatal intensive care. She is building a program of research focused on understanding, managing, and improving the global symptom experience of individuals with heart failure. Dr. Alonso has developed a multifaceted approach that includes two overarching areas: heart failure symptom science and intervention development to improve symptoms.

Dr. Alonso has received grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (F31NR016895), Heart Failure Society of America, Rural Nurse Organization, the UNMC Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society to support her work. She was named a National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow and honored as a Nebraska Action Coalition 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader in 2018. Dr. Alonso serves the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science as the Chair of the Early Career Special Interest Group and a member of the Program Committee. She is actively involved as a member of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing as the Editor of the CVSN Connections. Dr. Alonso also currently serves as a member of the Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Committee.

Research/Scholarship

  • Dr. Alonso is the principal investigator of a Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Mini Grant entitled “A Rural-Urban Comparison of Ventricular Assist Device Outcomes” where she is investigating the implications of rural residence in outcomes for LVAD recipients in collaboration with colleagues from Nebraska Medicine.
  • Dr. Alonso's areas of research emphasis include:
    1. Advanced heart failure
    2. Ventricular assist device outcomes
    3. Rural health disparities
    4. Pre-hab prior to LVAD implantation
    5. Using innovative technologies for interventions

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Inductee, 2009
  • Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems Scholar, 2013-2014
  • National Institute for Nursing Research 30th Anniversary Symposium, Honorable Mention Poster, 2015
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Poster of Distinction, 2015
  • National Rural Health Association, Rural Health Fellow, 2018
  • American Heart Association – Liaison, Development Committee Representative, Membership and Communications Committee, Author Connections - Early Career Corner, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, 2017-
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) – Early Career Member, Program Committee, 2017- ; Founding member & Co-chair, Early Career Special Interest Group, 2016-
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) – Founder (2016) & Chair (2016-2018), Early Career Nurse Scientist Research Interest Group; Member, Membership Committee, 2017-
  • Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Reviewer

Grant Support

Pending Research Support

NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research, Alonso (PI), Pilot Project II of P30 Center for Excellence in Self-Management of Chronic Conditions. Pilot project entitled Wiihab-Prehab: A Home-based Pre-Surgical Fitness Intervention for Patients with Advanced HF Prior to LVAD Implantation or Heart Transplant aims to explore an exergaming intervention in individuals with advanced HF and multiple chronic conditions prior to LAV implantation or heart transplant.

Ongoing Research Support

Heart Failure Society of America, Alonso (PI)
09/2017-08/2019
Nursing Research Mini Grant ($10,000)
A Rural-Urban Comparison of Ventricular Assist Device Outcomes
This funding supports a secondary analysis of UNMC Interagency Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support to identify outcome disparities in rural ventricular assist device recipients.
Role: Principle investigator

Completed Research Support

NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research, Alonso (PI) (1F31NR016895-01) 09/2016 – 05/2017
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F31 Predoctoral Fellowship ($31,170)
Identifying Disparities: Rural-Urban Comparison in Mechanical Circulatory Support
This funding supported my predoctoral training. The dissertation study aimed to identify outcome disparities in patient-reported health-related quality of life, adverse events, hospital admissions and mortality in rural ventricular assist device patients when compared to urban counterparts.
Role: Principle investigator

Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Hupcey (PI)
06/30/2014 – 06/30/2015
Penn State CIHDS Seed Grant ($19,971)
Improving Palliative Care Coordination in Heart Failure – A Systems-based Approach The goal of this project was to identify barriers to palliative care coordination in advanced heart failure.
Role: Co-investigator