Windy Alonso, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor


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

Phone: 402-559-8342



  • 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


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.

* 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.

*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.

Deka, P., Pozehl, B. J., Pathak, D., Williams, M., Norman, J. F., Alonso, W. W., & Jaarsma, T. (2021). Predicting maximal oxygen uptake from the 6 min walk test in patients with heart failure. ESC Heart Failure, 8(1), 47–54.

Warehime S, Dinkel D, Alonso W, Pozehl B. Long-term exercise adherence in patients with heart failure: A qualitative study.  Heart Lung. 2020 Aug 27;49(6):696-701. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.08.016. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32861888.

Alonso, W. W., Faulkner, K. M., Pozehl, B. J., Hupcey, J. E., Kitko, L. A., & Lee, C. S. (2020). A longitudinal comparison of health-related quality of life in rural and urban recipients of left ventricular assist devices. Research in Nursing & Health, 43(4), 396–406.

*Miller JJ, Pozehl BJ, Alonso W, Schmaderer M, Eisenhauer C. (2020) Intervention Components Targeting Self-Management in Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions. West J Nurs Res. . 2020 Feb 20:193945920902146. doi: 10.1177/0193945920902146. [Epub ahead of Print] PMID: 32075541

Norman J.F., Kupzyk K.A., Artinian N.T., Keteyian S.J., Alonso W., Bills S.E., & Pozehl B.J. (2019). The influence of the HEART Camp intervention on physical function, health-related quality of life, depression, anxiety and fatigue in patients with heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 19(1): 64-73. doi:10.1177/1474515119867444

Alonso W, Hupcey JE, Kitko L, Pozehl B, Kupzyk K. Adverse-Event Free Survival, Hospitalizations, and Mortality in Left Ventricular Assist Device Recipients: A Rural-Urban Cohort Comparison.  J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2019 Nov/Dec; 34(6):454-464. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000597. 

Wilcox, J.E., Cameron, K.A., Harap, R.S., Shanklin, K.L., Grady, K.L., Cohen, E.R., Abicht, T.O., Adler, E.D., Alexy, T., Alonso, W., Beckman, J., Bjelkengren, J., Cagliostro, B., Cogswell, R., Colombo, P.C., Cotts, W., Haglund, N.A., Haverstick, S., Kiernan, M.S., Lampert, B., LeMond, L.M., Lee, S., Lerg, G., Lindenfeld, J., Mahr, C., Meehan, K., Pagani, F.D., Pan, S., Pavone, J., Um, J., Yancy, C.W., Thinh, D., Barsuk, J.H. (2019) Ventricular Assist Device Driveline Dressing-Change Protocols: A Need for Standardization. A Report from the SimVAD Investigators. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 25 (8), 695-697. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2019.06.009

Birriel, B., Alonso, W, Kitko, L., & Hupcey, J. (2019). Decision-making about left ventricular assist device implantation: Family caregivers’ perspectives. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care,48 (4), 308-312. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2019.03.002

Alonso, W., Kitko, L. & Hupcey, J. (2018) Intergenerational caregivers for patients with advanced heart failure. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice. 32 (4), 413-435.

Evans, M., Hupcey, J., Kitko, L. & Alonso, W. (2018). Comparison of the life descriptions of newly diagnosed versus chronic stage D heart failure patients. Journal of Patient Experience. 5(3), 219-224.

Alonso, W., Hupcey, J., Kitko, L. (2017). Caregivers' perceptions of illness severity and end of life service utilization in advanced heart failure. Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 46, 35-39.  DOI:

Alonso, W., Birriel, B., Kitko, L. & Hupcey, J. (2016). Response to letter to editor: Time to integrate sexual function in the health-related quality of life of patients with left ventricular assist device. Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 45(3), 294. DOI:

Kitko, L., Hupcey, J., Birriel, B. & Alonso, W. (2016). Patients’ expectations of a left ventricular assist device pre and post implantation. Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 45(2), 95-99. DOI:

Hupcey, J., Kitko, L. & Alonso, W. (2016). Patients’ perceptions of the illness severity of advanced heart failure. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 18(2), 110-114. DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000229

Hupcey, J., Kitko, L. & Alonso, W. (2015). Palliative care in heart failure. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 27(4), 577-587. DOI: 10.1016/j.cnc.2015.07.007