ST. LOUIS -- Teri Murray, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the School of Nursing, received the St. Louis American Foundation's Stellar Performer Award on April 29, at its annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care recognition event.
|Teri Murray, Ph.D., accepted the St. Louis American Foundation's Stellar Performer Award at a banquet last week.|
Murray has long made improving the quality of nursing and recruiting students of all ethnicities into the nursing profession a priority. Under Murray's leadership, the school received a $900,000 grant to increase the number of student nurses who are minorities or from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
In accepting the award, Murray said that recruiting under-represented groups to the nursing profession is a top priority.
"This work will take the cooperation and involvement of all of us in this room, those from the various government offices, businesses, health care institutions, insurance industries and academia," Murray said.
"We must recognize that diversity is a critical part of the mission of health care and a national challenge for the future workforce. A culturally diverse workforce is essential in meeting the health care needs of the nation and reducing the health disparities that exist among minority populations."
Murray is a leader in nursing education nationally, at the state level, locally and at Saint Louis University. She has devoted her career to making significant and lasting contributions to improve the health status of vulnerable or at-risk groups. She presents talks nationally and publishes in nursing journals and textbooks.
She serves as a national advisor to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing program, which provides scholarships to increase the diversity of the nursing profession. Murray and 10 other national advisors have awarded more than 2000 scholarships totaling more than $20 million dollars to students in 36 nursing schools in 23 states.
Appointed by Missouri Governors William Holden and Matt Blunt, Murray served on the State Board of Nursing for more than eight years, four of which as president. As state board of nursing president, she regulated nursing practice for Missouri and served on a national council that created policies for quality nursing practice and education in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
As a public health nurse, Murray remains clinically engaged through her work on several health organization boards. Most notable is her work for the Nurses for Newborns Foundation, an organization that provides in-home nursing visits for babies born with medical problems to teen moms or mothers with disabilities/mental health challenges, or into families who lack the necessary finances for basic necessities.
Murray holds bachelor's and master's of science degrees in nursing from Saint Louis University, a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University and a certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from Harvard University.
Read the speech Murray presented at the April 29 awards ceremony.
Read the St. Louis American article about Murray.
Learn more about the $900,000 grant to SLU to enhance diversity.
Read a St. Louis American article about the grant in action.