Windy Alonso, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Contact

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-8342
Email: windy.alonso@unmc.edu

  

Education

  • 2003, BS, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
  • 2007, ADN, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
  • 2011, BSN, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA
  • 2014, MSN, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • 2017, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Biography


Dr. Alonso is an assistant professor, heart failure nurse scientist, and rural health advocate. Her program of research centers on understanding and improving the patient-reported outcomes of adults with heart failure. Dr. Alonso contributes to the tripartite mission of the UNMC CON through her research and service efforts and by teaching and mentoring students in the UNMC CON doctoral programs and serving as a summer research mentor for undergraduate honor students.

Dr. Alonso’s research includes two overarching areas: gaining a better understanding of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and developing interventions to promote exercise in adults with heart failure that can applied in diverse and underserved settings. Her doctoral training was supported by funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research of the NIH (F31NR016895). She completed her post-doctoral training at the UNMC CON Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management (CENTRIC) under the mentorship of Dr. Bunny Pozehl. As a post-doctoral trainee, she was funded by the Heart Failure Society of America and the Rural Nurse Organization. She accepted a faculty position at the UNMC CON in 2019 and was funded by the Midwest Nursing Research Society and UNMC CON CENTRIC to continue her work in adults with heart failure. Dr. Alonso currently serves as the principal investigator on a CENTRIC funded study to test the feasibility of a virtual exercise intervention for adults with heart failure in rural Nebraska and a pilot randomized controlled trial to test a virtual exercise intervention designed to target the needs of adults with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction funded by the Great Plains IdEA-CTR. Dr. Alonso’s work has been published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Research in Nursing and Health, Heart and Lung and others. She has been an invited speaker at several international and national conferences including the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology.

Dr. Alonso is also building a national reputation through her service commitments. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Membership and Communications Committee of the Council for Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing of the American Heart Association, the incoming chair of the Symptom Science Research and Implementation Interest Group of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, a workgroup chair of the Program Committee of the Heart Failure Society America, and as a member of the program committee of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and serves as a reviewer for over 10 scientific journals.

Through all her work, Dr. Alonso is committed to sustaining a program of research to improve the lives of adults with heart failure and support the training and mentorship needs of students in and beyond the UNMC CON.



Research


Research Interests

  • Heart failure
    • Promoting adherence to exercise
    • Inflammatory response to exercise
    • Design and test self-management interventions to improve function and quality of life

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

2022-2025
Promoting Exercise in Adults with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction – A Pilot Study, $75,000, Research Scholars Program of the Great Plains IdEA- CTR Network (funded by NIGMS/NIH (U54 GM115458), Alonso (P.I.)

2019-2022
Rural HEART Camp – Promoting Exercise in Rural Adults with Heart Failure, $16,734, UNMC CON Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management Alonso, W (P.I.)

2019-2021
Examining the Symptom Experience of Rural Adults with Heart Failure, $7,500, Midwest Nursing Research Society Seed Grant, Alonso, W (P.I.)

2019-2020
Rural Cardiac Rehabilitation for Heart Failure, $500, Rural Nurse Organization, Alonso, W (P.I.)

2017-2019
Ventricular Assist Device Outcomes: A Rural-Urban Comparison, $10,000, Heart Failure Society of America, Alonso, W (P.I.)



Publications


Alonso, W. W., Kupzyk, K. A., Norman, J. F., Lundgren, S. W., Fisher, A., Lindsey, M. L., Keteyian, S. J., & Pozehl, B. J. (2021). The HEART Camp Exercise Intervention Improves Exercise Adherence, Physical Function, and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Adults With Preserved Ejection Fraction Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure, S1071-9164(21)00363-8. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.09.003

* Schroeder, S. E., Pozehl, B. J., & Alonso, W. W. (2021). Frailty Assessment in Heart Failure and Ventricular Assist Device Populations: A Review from the United States. Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care, 50(6), 941–952. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.07.015

*Woods, M, Lundgren, S, Poon, C, Kupzyk, K, Alonso, W. (2021). Pre-left ventricular assist device cognition: A comparison of rural and urban implant recipients. ASAIO J. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000001491 [Epub ahead of print].

Alonso WW, Kupzyk K, Norman J, Bills SE, Bosak K, Dunn SL, Deka P, Pozehl B. Negative Attitudes, Self-efficacy, and Relapse Management Mediate Long-Term Adherence to Exercise in Patients With Heart Failure. Ann Behav Med. 2021 Feb 13: kaab002. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaab002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33580663.

Alonso, W. W., Ryan, T. R., Lundgren, S. W., Tlusty, G., Castleberry, A. W., & Pozehl, B. J. (2021). Clinicians Call for Post Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation Physical Activity Guidelines. ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs: 1992), 67(10), e166–e168. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAT.0000000000001343

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Service


Chair, Symptom Science Research and Implementation Interest Group (RIIG), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) (2022-2023)

Incoming co-chair and Workgroup Lead, Annual Scientific Meeting Planning Committee, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) (2022)

Vice-chair, Membership and Communications Committee, Council for Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN), American Heart Association (AHA) (2021-2022)

Chair elect, Symptom Science RIIG, MNRS (2021-2022)

Editor, CVSN Connections, AHA (2019-2021)

Member, Nursing Committee, Heart Failure Society of America (2018-2020)

Member, Education Committee, Heart Failure Society of America (2020-2021)

Member, Program Committee, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) (2017-2019; 2020-present)

Co-founder & Co-chair, Early Career Special Interest Group, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (2018-2021)

Abstract Reviewer, MNRS, HFSA, CANS scientific sessions (2017-present)

Founder & Chair, Early Career Research Interest Group, Eastern Nursing Research Society (2016-2018)

Member, National Rural Health Association (2013-present)

Member, American Nurses Association (2007-present)

Editorial Board, Journal of Cardiac Failure (2021-present)

Reviewer for over 10 peer-reviewed scientific journals (2016-present)



Recognition


Symptom Science Research and Implementation Interest Group New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (2022)

Nursing New Investigator Award, Heart Failure Society of America (2021)

Fellowship, Heart Failure Society of America (2020)

Future Leaders in Heart Failure Science, Heart Failure Society of America (2019)

40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader, Nebraska Action Coalition (2018)

Acute and Critical Care Research Interest Group Dissertation Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (2018)

Rural Health Fellow, National Rural Health Association (2018)