Research Summary

critical care; gerontology; pressure ulcers/ pressure injuries


  • BSN, Nursing , University of Illinois
  • MN , Critical Care Nurse Specialist , University of Washington
  • PhD , Nursing Science , University of Utah


Jenny Alderden, PhD, APRN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College 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 studied hospital acquired pressure injuries among critical care patients in her dissertation work, and subsequently received the University of Utah College of Nursing’s Outstanding PhD student and Outstanding Dissertation awards, as well as the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Research Dissertation award. 

Her long-term goal is to prevent pressure injuries among critical-care patients through risk stratification, tailored interventions, and real-time clinical decision support. Currently, Dr. Alderden’s research focuses on pressure injury risk stratification using machine learning approaches with funding from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She teaches applied clinical research informatics in the nursing PhD program and pathophysiology in the pre-nursing baccalaureate program.