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Jenny Alderden, Ph.D, APRN, CCRN, CCNS

Assistant Professor, UG Prelicensure Program


Jenny AJenny Alderden is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and a practicing critical care nurse. Dr. Alderden’s research interests include big data and using data from electronic health record data to improve patient outcomes.  She is primarily interested in preventing adverse outcomes among older critical care patients.

Dr. Alderden was selected during her PhD studies as a Hartford Scholar in recognition of her potential as a leader in geriatric nursing research.  Her geriatric expertise was also recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses when she was selected to be the first author of the geriatrics chapter for the 7th edition of the core curriculum for critical care nursing.  During Dr. Alderden’s tenure as a PhD student (graduated 2017) she was awarded the outstanding PhD student award and also the outstanding dissertation award, and she received federal funding for her dissertation work.

Dr. Alderden’s clinical background is in military nursing.  She served in the United States military for nine years (2001-2009) in a variety of settings. Dr. Alderden was selected to be head nurse in a shock trauma platoon in Al Anbar province, Iraq, in 2006.  She also served as a helicopter en-route care nurse in Iraq and as a critical care air transport team (CCATT) member in Japan.

Dr. Alderden is currently focused on elucidating risk for pressure injuries among critical care patients using a variety of statistical approaches (survival analysis, machine learning, and other modeling strategies).

Contact Information

Office: Norco Building 428
Phone: (208) 426-3925