Kathy Alden, MSN, RN
Kathryn Rhodes Alden retired in 2018. She was formerly an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She received a BSN from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in adult education from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Alden has extensive experience as a nursing educator, having served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the past 25 years as an educator for baccalaureate nursing students at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Dr. Alden has taught in maternal-newborn nursing courses, providing both classroom and clinical instruction. Dr. Alden coordinates and leads the academic counseling program, providing assistance to students and to faculty. She is actively involved in the leadership of the undergraduate nursing program as member and former chair of the Baccalaureate Executive Committee.
Dr. Alden has been involved in the use of high fidelity simulation as an instructional strategy in the School of Nursing. She has created numerous simulation scenarios, including obstetric simulation cases for Elsevier, and has co-authored chapters on high fidelity simulation and patient safety in publications by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National League for Nursing (NLN).
As a certified lactation consultant, Dr. Alden has provided inpatient and outpatient care for breastfeeding mothers and infants and she has taught prenatal breastfeeding classes to expectant parents. She has taught continuing education courses on breastfeeding throughout North Carolina.