Saint Louis University

The associate dean of research at Saint Louis University School of Nursing will be inducted into the 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International for her life-saving feeding tube research.

Norma Metheny, Ph.D., the Dorothy A. Votsmier Endowed Chair in Nursing and professor at Saint Louis University, will join 24 colleagues from Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. on July 26 at the induction ceremony in Hong Kong.

"We are very proud of Dr. Metheny's monumental accomplishment and feel honored that her work has enabled Saint Louis University School of Nursing to be counted as having a member in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame," said Teri Murray, Ph.D., dean of SLU's nursing school.

Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. The honorees' research projects will be shared through the Virginia Henderson International Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights. The award presentation is sponsored by Wiley.

Metheny has focused her research career on accurately placing feeding tubes, which are a lifeline for critically ill patients who can't receive nutrition by eating. She also has studied methods for detecting and preventing aspiration associated with tube feedings.

Feeding tubes must be precisely positioned to avoid the risk of serious complications or even death, and her method of detecting whether or not they are in the right spot is the industry standard, used by nurses and hospitals worldwide. Her research has shaped national and international tube placement guidelines and has had a direct impact on saving the lives of countless patients around the globe.

Metheny's research has been extensively funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Nurses' Foundation. She also has received numerous other awards, including the GE Healthcare-American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award and the Midwest Nursing Research Society's Senior Scientist Recognition Program Award.

The induction ceremony for the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame will be held during Sigma Theta Tau International's annual International Research Nursing Congress, which attracts more than 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians and leaders, who learn from evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 25th Congress is "Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes."

Founded in 1928, Saint Louis University School of Nursing has achieved a national reputation for its innovative and pioneering programs. Offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs, its faculty members are nationally recognized for their teaching, research and clinical expertise.

Please click here to view Dr. Metheny's faculty page that highlights her extensive publications and research achievements.