Illinois 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award Winner Highlight: Amanda Connoyer

Meet Amanda Connoyer, the Director of Advanced Practitioners at Springfield Clinic. She has been nominated for the class of 2023 Illinois Nurses Foundation 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award. Designed to highlight young nurses who are making a lasting difference in the healthcare industry, this award celebrates those who shape the future of nursing.

Amanda Connoyer: Dedication to Professional Development and Advanced Practice

Amanda Connoyer, a dedicated and passionate nurse practitioner, exemplifies these qualities in every aspect of her work. Her unwavering commitment to professional development and advanced practice has not only elevated her own career but has also left an indelible mark on her colleagues, her organization, and the nursing profession as a whole.

Empowering Leadership through Education

Amanda’s journey toward excellence began with a pursuit of higher education. Completing her DNP in Health Systems Leadership and Informatics showcased her dedication to growth, not just for herself but for her team of advanced practitioners. This achievement was a stepping stone to her ability to support and lead her colleagues effectively.

Seeking opportunities beyond the norm, Amanda’s participation in the AANP’s Executive Leadership Program for 2023 illustrates her hunger for knowledge and her dedication to the growth of advanced practice in her region. Her commitment to staying updated with evidence-based clinical practices positions her as a reliable source of information for her organization and community.

Turning Knowledge into Action

Amanda’s commitment isn’t confined to theoretical growth – she transforms knowledge into action. Her accomplishment in increasing depression screening compliance at a rural clinic from 30% to 85% within three months underscores her ability to enact change through workflow evaluation and education. This achievement is a testament to her leadership skills and dedication to quality patient care.

Mentoring the Future

One of Amanda’s most remarkable traits is her dedication to mentorship. Actively collaborating with local universities to provide mentorship to future Advanced Practitioners within her organization, Amanda is a driving force in shaping the next generation of healthcare leaders. Her involvement with DNP students at Springfield Clinic highlights her commitment to fostering professional growth and research skills.

A Voice for Advanced Practice

Amanda’s influence extends well beyond her immediate role. She champions the cause of advanced practice through her voice, advocacy, and actions. A constant advocate for growth and the elevation of her profession, she ensures the advanced practice perspective is considered in all discussions. Amanda’s mentorship and leadership within her organization and the broader healthcare community serve as a guiding light for others in the field.

Amanda’s essence goes beyond professional achievements – it is deeply rooted in her genuine care for her colleagues, team members, and patients. Her willingness to listen and work towards resolutions, as well as her commitment to ensuring patients have the resources they need, showcase her embodiment of nursing’s core principles. In her actions, Amanda reflects the true spirit of nursing, demonstrating compassion and professionalism in every interaction.

Amanda Connoyer: A True Leader in Advanced Practice Nursing

Amanda’s journey in nursing is a testament to the transformative power of dedication, mentorship, and advocacy. Her commitment to professional development, leadership, and patient-centered care exemplifies the pinnacle of advanced practice nursing. Amanda’s contributions not only reflect her exceptional character but also inspire others to reach for new heights in their careers. Her hard work, charisma, and unwavering commitment to growth and support within the nursing profession make her a truly deserving candidate for recognition. It’s an honor to acknowledge Amanda’s exceptional journey and her role in shaping the future of healthcare.

Congratulations to Amanda Connoyer and Springfield Clinic 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 Amanda who have made a lasting impact in the healthcare industry. 

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