Amanda McKinney Alvarado is an assistant clinical professor and is the program director for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. Clinically, her expertise is in congenital heart disease. She works as a nurse practitioner with the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease caring for critically ill patients in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. From a research perspective, Amanda has focused on point of care ultrasound in the neonatal intensive care unit, specifically focusing on educating nurses in using ultrasound for the placement of peripheral IVs. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).