ST. LOUIS - Surrounded by her husband and members of her Saint Louis University family, Teri Murray, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing, celebrated the highlight of her professional career as she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. The induction took place on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C.
|Joined by her husband Bruce, Teri Murray, Ph.D., celebrated a professional milestone.|
"It's the highest recognition you can get in nursing," Murray said. "It's really exciting and a terrific honor to know that others view the work you've done at the state and national level as really making a difference in nursing. Our ultimate goal is benefiting patients."
There are nearly 3 million nurses in the United States and about 1600 are members of the highly selective American Academy of Nursing Fellows. These professional leaders represent the nation's most highly educated nursing leaders who are recognized for their work in education, management, practice and research. Together they create and put into practice initiatives that help drive reform of America's health care system, which improves the practice of nursing and patient care.
A panel of Academy Fellows determine the new class of fellows based, in part, on the impact a nominee has had in influencing health policy and health care for all Americans. Supported by two current Academy Fellows, nominees must show evidence that they have made significant contributions to nursing and health care.
Murray was selected as an education innovator for her work that expanded partnerships between academic institutions and community agencies and hospitals, allowing nursing programs to educate more nurses. As president of the Missouri Board of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Murray led a regulatory initiative that improved the practice of nursing in Missouri and nationally. She is dedicated to developing a more culturally diverse nursing work force, and during the last two years, her efforts have produced more than 2000 additional nurses from under-represented groups in 32 states.
Murray's work -- which combines education, regulation and public policy -- is rooted in discovering the best practices, and finding ways to build enthusiasm and consensus for putting them into action.
Murray 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. She has served on the State Board of Nursing for more than eight years, four of which as president. A public health nurse, Murray remains clinically engaged through her work on several health organization boards.
Earlier this year, Murray received the St. Louis American Foundation's Stellar Performer Award at its Salute to Excellence in Health Care recognition event.
She 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-Saint Louis, a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University and a certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from Harvard University.
Murray is the third Saint Louis University School of Nursing faculty member to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing Fellows. Norma Metheny, Ph.D., associate dean for nursing research, was selected for her research on promoting safe feeding tube practices, which enhances the care of patients. Mary Ann Lavin, DSc., was selected because of her extensive work on clinical diagnosis.
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.