AACN News: Metheny Honored for Research, Policy Impact
Norma Metheny to receive AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award at 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition
Metheny — associate dean for research, Saint Louis University School of Nursing — will be honored for her pioneering research and its far-reaching impact beyond nursing practice into health policy, resulting in improved patient care protocols and clinical innovation
The Visionary Leadership Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 17, 2012 — Norma A. Metheny, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research at Saint Louis University School of Nursing, will receive the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award.
The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and supported by GE Healthcare, will be given at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Orlando, Fla., May 19-24. This AACN Visionary Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values.
The impact of Metheny’s pioneering research extends beyond nursing practice into health policy. Her work to reduce complications in critically ill, tube-fed patients has resulted in improved patient care protocols and innovation in practice. Her research has shaped national health guidelines for proper placement of feeding tubes in critically ill patients and has resulted in documentable changes in textbooks for medicine, nursing and nutrition. Her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research since 1987 and is used as a model to be followed by young scientists in doctoral programs.
Metheny currently serves as associate dean for research at Saint Louis University School of Nursing, where she holds an endowed chair and teaches fluid and electrolyte balance to undergraduate and graduate students in addition to a doctoral course on evidence-based practice involving care of the acutely ill.
Her seminal textbook, “Fluid and Electrolyte Balance: Nursing Considerations,” is in its fifth edition. For more than two decades, she has written authoritative clinical nursing resources on fluid balance, feeding tubes and nutrition for a variety of publishers.
Metheny is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Sigma Theta Tau International and Midwest Nursing Research Society. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, presenting at NTI as early as 1976. Her innovative research and clinical contributions have been recognized by a long list of honors and awards, including the 2006 AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer.
A diploma graduate from Alton (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, she began her nursing career as a medical-surgical staff nurse, later earning a BSN at Southern Illinois University, an MSN at Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate in higher education at Saint Louis University.
About the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing regionally and nationally and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award come from business, academia and healthcare and receive a plaque and $750 honorarium at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include AACN’s Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.
About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.
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