40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award Winner Highlight: Hyejin Kim

Hyejin Kim, PhD, RN is a dedicated young nurse leader impacting the health care of older adults at Rush University. She has been nominated for the 2023 Illinois Nurses Foundation 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award. Designed to highlight young nurses that are making a lasting difference in the healthcare industry, this award celebrates those who shape the future of nursing. 

Dr. Hyejin Kim: A Trailblazer in Gerontological Nursing

In the field of gerontological nursing, few individuals have made as significant an impact as Dr. Hyejin Kim, PhD, RN. Her unwavering dedication to the health and well-being of older adults has solidified her position as a respected nurse leader. Through her groundbreaking research, diligent peer review work, and community outreach efforts, Dr. Kim has proven herself to be an exemplary figure in the field. 

Research Contributions and Manuscripts

Dr. Kim’s contributions to the field of brain health in aging have been groundbreaking. Her original research has led to a deeper understanding of cognitive changes in late-life, providing valuable insights for healthcare professionals. With a remarkable record of 17 manuscripts published in top peer-reviewed journals, such as The Gerontologist, Geriatric Nursing, and Biological Research for Nursing, Dr. Kim’s research demonstrates her expertise and the significance of her work.

Presentations and Keynote Speaker Engagements

Recognized as an authority in gerontological nursing, Dr. Kim has shared her expertise through 20 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Her invitation to be the keynote speaker at the prestigious 10th Overseas Korean Nurses Association Conference in 2022 showcased her expertise on the topic of “Dementia Caregiving and COVID-19.” By providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based information, Dr. Kim inspired nurses caring for dementia patients and their caregivers during the challenging pandemic period.

Dr. Kim’s influential presentation titled “Career Development as Nurse Researcher and Educator” at the “International Conference for the 30th Anniversary of Dankook University College of Nursing” also left a lasting impact on nursing students attending the event. Her insights and guidance ignited a passion for research and leadership among future nurse leaders.

Peer Review and Expertise

Being invited to serve as a reviewer for top-tier journals in gerontological nursing is a testament to Dr. Kim’s expertise and extensive knowledge. She has reviewed 11 manuscripts for prestigious publications such as Innovation in Aging, Asian Nursing Research, Geriatric Nursing, and Research in Nursing & Health. This invaluable contribution to the field highlights her commitment to maintaining the quality and rigor of nursing research.

Community Outreach and Nursing Leadership

In addition to her scholarly achievements, Dr. Kim has actively engaged in promoting nursing in the community. Her involvement as the Scholarship Committee Chair of the Korean Nurses Association of Chicago and the Communication and IT Committee Chair of the Global Korean Nursing Foundation underscores her leadership role within the nursing profession.

Dr. Kim’s regular volunteer work and community talks at senior centers in Chicago and suburban areas have been instrumental in enhancing the understanding of late-life cognitive changes among older adults and their families. By disseminating knowledge and raising awareness, she has played a vital role in improving the lives of aging individuals in her community.

Dr. Hyejin Kim: Rising Leading in Gerontological Nursing 

Dr. Hyejin Kim’s remarkable accomplishments in the field of gerontological nursing have established her as an exemplary leader and role model. Through her groundbreaking research, peer review contributions, and community outreach efforts, she has made a lasting impact on the health and well-being of older adults. Dr. Kim’s dedication and passion serve as an inspiration to fellow nurses and aspiring nurse leaders worldwide. With her relentless pursuit of excellence, she continues to shape the future of gerontological nursing, leaving an indelible mark on the field.

Congratulations to Dr. Hyejin Kim and Rush University for this prestigious honor! The Illinois Nurses Foundation 40 Under 40 Award for Emerging Nurse Leaders is proven to open career doors for its recipients. INF is proud to celebrate nurses like Hyejin who have made a lasting impact in the healthcare industry. 

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