Illinois 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award Winner Highlight: Eleni Key

Meet Eleni Key, an Assistant Professor at Lakeview College of Nursing. 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.

Eleni Key: A Nurse, Educator, and Community Leader Making a Difference

In the world of nursing and education, there are individuals who not only excel in their roles but also inspire those around them to strive for excellence. Eleni Key is one such exceptional individual whose leadership and commitment to both academia and her rural community have left an indelible mark. 

A Leader in Academia

Eleni’s influence extends into the world of academia, where she serves as the Chair of the Lakeview College of Nursing Faculty Organization. In this role, she has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to nurturing adaptable and excellent BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) students. Eleni’s hands-on approach and servant leadership style are evident both in the classroom and at the bedside with her students. She goes above and beyond to ensure that her students receive the best education and guidance possible.

Eleni’s commitment to excellence is further underscored by her contributions to research. Her recent research project, which compared standard nursing care plans with concept mapping, was not only published but also approved for curriculum adoption. This accomplishment reflects her dedication to improving teaching strategies and enhancing the educational experience for her students, both on-site and online.

A Mentor and Inspiration

One of the most remarkable aspects of Eleni’s journey is her passion for mentorship. She has formally mentored seven newly hired faculty members, guiding them in their roles and helping them excel in their careers. However, Eleni’s mentorship goes beyond formal arrangements. She has a unique ability to inspire those around her to become better nurses, educators, students, and individuals. Eleni encourages her colleagues to think beyond the ordinary, challenging them to aspire to something greater than themselves.

Community Engagement and World-Changing Acts

Eleni Key’s impact extends far beyond the classroom and the hospital. She is actively involved in her community, volunteering her time and skills in various capacities. Whether assisting with local public school musicals, supporting Special Olympics, or participating in hospital committees, Eleni embodies the spirit of a true world-changer.

It’s in the small, everyday acts of kindness and care that Eleni truly shines. She connects with individuals on a personal level, making a difference in their lives through attentive love and genuine concern. Her compassion is exemplified in the heartfelt moments when she helps Special Olympics athletes celebrate their achievements, demonstrating the profound impact one person can have on another’s world.

Eleni Key: A Caring Nurse and Team Player

Eleni Key is a nurse, educator, and community leader who exemplifies the essence of a caring and compassionate individual. Her dedication to her students, patients, and community is unwavering, and her mentorship and leadership inspire those around her to reach for greatness. Eleni’s contributions reflect the mission of serving our fellow humans, and she embodies the values we aspire to uphold in healthcare and education.

Congratulations to Eleni Key and Lakeview College of Nursing 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 Eleni who have made a lasting impact in the healthcare industry. 

For more information on the INF 40 Under 40 Award Ceremony, click this link.

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The Illinois Nurses Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports nurses through various programs, empowering them, promoting excellence, and advancing the nursing profession while also recognizing and celebrating the remarkable achievements of young nurses through the INF 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award, highlighting their talent and potential for the field’s growth and evolution. Donate to INF today, and you can help empower nurses and improve healthcare!