Saint Louis University
School of Nursing
office: (314) 977-8941
fax: (314) 977-8949
Research: Dr. Metheny's program of research focuses on promoting safe care for enterally fed patients. Her research has been funded extensively by the National Institute of Nursing Research and has helped shape national guidelines for testing feeding tube placement and preventing aspiration in critically ill patients. Findings from Dr. Metheny's studies are widely cited in research and practice journals as well as in textbooks for medicine, nursing and nutrition. Among her numerous research awards are the GE Healthcare-American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Pioneering Spirit Award, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses' Distinguished Research Lecturer Award and the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition's Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Award.
Teaching: Dr. Metheny teaches an elective course on fluid and electrolyte balance that is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Her seminal textbook, Fluid and Electrolyte Balance: Nursing Considerations, is in its 5th edition. In addition to serving as a guest lecturer in a variety of courses, she is a frequent speaker at regional and national professional conferences.
Professional and Scholarly Activities: Dr. Metheny is a Professor and the Dorothy A. Votsmier Endowed Chair in nursing; she also serves as the Associate Dean of Research. She has served as a reviewer for the National Institute of Nursing Research for 10 years. Dr. Metheny currently serves as an Associate Editor for Clinical Nursing Research and has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition. Dr. Metheny was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1991 and is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society.