Saint Louis University

Norma Metheny, Ph.D.
Norma Metheny, Ph.D.

Norma Metheny, Ph.D., associate dean for research at Saint Louis University School of Nursing, received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award at the 2012 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, in Orlando, Fla. The 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.

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.