Betty  Key
Assistant Professor
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
Undergraduate Program
1524 CHS Building 1

Dr. Betty Key is an assistant professor at the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing. She received both the Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership degree as well as the Master of Science in Nursing degree with rural case management focus from The University of Alabama. Her B.S.N. degree was earned at the University of North Alabama. Dr. Key began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse before continuing her education. She worked 28 years as a bedside nurse in critical care serving in many different roles before entering academia. Dr. Key is certified in adult critical care nursing by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Her research interests are in teaching and learning strategies in nursing education and cardiovascular health promotion education in underserved populations. Dr. Key is a consultant on a $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) to build diversity in nursing and among nurse scientists and faculty in the state of Alabama.  Additional information about the HSTA-AL (SEPA award) program can be found here

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D., Instructional Leadership, Nurse Educator Specialization, The University of Alabama
  • M.S.N., The University of Alabama
  • B.S.N., The University of North Alabama
  • CCRN, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)  

Awards and Honors:

  • ASNA, District 2, Citation of Excellence, 2018
  • Sigma, Epsilon Omega Chpt, Outstanding Graduate Student, 2016

Involvement/Professional Societies:

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), Greater Tusc. Chapter, Vice-President
  • West Alabama Chapter, National Black Nurses Association, Vice-President
  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Association of Black Nursing Faculty


  • Critical Care Nursing

Recent Publications:

  • Key, B., Owings, C., Ford, C., Graves, A., & Robinson, A. (2021). Connecting Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines with BSN Nursing Students. Nursing Education Perspectives. (In press)
  • Mumba, M.N., Nancarrow, A.F., Cody, S.L., Key, B., Robb, M., Jurczyk, A., Kelley, M.A., Wang, H., Ford, C., & Allen, R.S. (2020).
    Intensity and Type of Physical Activity Predicts Depression in Older Adults. Aging and Mental Health. Doi: 10. 1080/13607863.2020.17111861
  • Key, B. & Mumba, M. (2019). Using Precision Medicine to Individualize Healthcare. Nursing 2019, 49(8), 43-45. doi:
  • Key, B., Woods, A., Hanks, M. (2019). Role Modeling in Simulation: An Inductive Learning Strategy. Nursing Education Perspectives.
    Doi: 10.1097/01.nep.0000000000000540
  • Key, B. & Wright, V. (2017). Cognitive Apprenticeship During Preceptorship. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 33(6), 301-306. DOI: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000394

Recent Presentations:

  • Key, B. (October 2020). Using Service Learning to Promote Cultural Awareness. International Organization of African Nurses (IOAN) 2020 Virtual Conference: Transforming Healthcare in Africa-The Challenges, Solutions and Way Forward.
  • Key, B., Fedewa, M. & Richardson, M. (April 2020). Using Physical Activity Trackers in the African American Church. Faculty Research Day, The University of Alabama.
  • Cowings, C.R., Key, B., & Woods, A. (April 2020). Using the Simulation Laboratory to Teach Complex Clinical Concepts. Faculty Research Day at The University of Alabama.
  • Owings, C. R. & Key, B. (July 2019). Using Role Play in Simulation to Teach Complex Client Concepts. Podium session presented at Sigma’s 30th International Research Society Congress, Calgary, Canada.
  • Mumba, M., Cody, S., & Key, B. (July 2019). Factors Associated with Successful Aging in the United States. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Sigma Biennial, Washington, D. C.

Research Areas:

  • Teaching and learning strategies in nursing education
  • Cardiovascular health promotion education in underserved populations