Jenny Alderden, Ph.D., APRN
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Jenny Grace Alderden, Ph.D., APRN, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Previously, Dr. Alderden worked as a military nurse, where she was appointed lead nurse for a shock trauma platoon in Al-Anbar, Iraq. She also served as a fixed-wing and rotary-wing en-route care nurse. Dr. Alderden maintains certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Critical Care Nurse Specialist through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, focusing on gerontology and informatics. She also serves on the editorial board of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ journal Critical Care Nurse.
Dr. Alderden’s research focuses on pressure injury prevention across the continuum of care. Her long-term goal is to prevent pressure injuries among critical-care patients through risk stratification, tailored interventions, and real-time clinical decision support. Dr. Alderden’s research currently focuses on pressure injury risk stratification using machine learning approaches. Her proposal entitled ‘Preventing Pressure Injuries with Modernized Risk Assessment’ was selected as a 2022 recipient of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Impact Grant. In addition to her work on pressure injury risk stratification, Alderden is a co-investigator on the NIH-funded R01 study entitled, Preventing Pressure Ulcers with Repositioning Frequency and Precipitating Factors (R01NR016001, Yap, PI; Clinical Trial Reg: NCT02996331).
Dr. Alderden is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Navy Achievement Medals, the University of Utah College of Nursing’s Outstanding Ph.D. student and Outstanding Dissertation awards, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Research Dissertation award. She is also recognized by the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing.
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