- PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
- MSN, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
- BSN, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
- Administrative Training: Lean Six Sigma
Areas of Research, Teaching, And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
Dr. Alvarado's research interest is in cardiovascular nursing and quality. With over ten years of Nursing Quality experience, her interest is in reducing resource utilization of the cardiovascular patient by understanding social components. Dr. Alvarado has facilitated both financial, regulatory, and clinical performance improvement projects in Acute, and Ambulatory care facilities. Her quality projects have provided continuing education for nurses. Her research includes development of structured data plans to monitor quality metrics and large databases. She is developing an instrument to measure attitudes and beliefs from a cultural perspective among low-socio economic Hispanic patients. Dr. Alvarado is faculty in both the MSN and DNP tracks.
With over 10 years experience in critical care and 10 years experience as an administrative nurse, job responsibilities have included facilitating teams to develop and monitor quality components within the Acute and Ambulatory care setting to assure accreditation requirements are met. She has facilitated certifications for Medical Homes within the Ambulatory Care Arena. She has also facilitated projects related to Case management and Utilization review. Publications include several journals, her performance improvement projects have resulted in continuing education courses for nurses interested in quality.
- Recipient of the Beverly and F.A. Odom Endowment for Nursing Research
- Edna Seinsheimer Levin Endowed Professorship in Cancer Studies (2017-2020)
- Pamela G. Watson School of Nursing Award