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Faculty Achieves Nursing’s Most Prestigious Honor


An associate professor from Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing has received the highest professional recognition in nursing.

Karen Moore, DNP, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at its annual policy conference in October. She is among the 231 highly distinguished nurse leaders from the 2019 class that represents 38 states, the District of Columbia and 17 countries.

Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, Karen Moore, Teri Murray, Helen Lach

SLU fellows of the American Academy of Nursing celebrated the induction of their colleague Karen Moore, DNP, at the October ceremony. They are, from left, Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, Ph.D., Karen Moore, DNP., Teri Murray, Ph.D., and Helen Lach, Ph.D. (Denise Côté-Arsenault, Ph.D., and Norma Metheny, Ph.D., are not pictured.)

Moore is the faculty coordinator for the nursing school‘s adult-gero primary care nurse practitioner program. Her areas of interest include global health, under-represented community health and service, and she has conducted research in international travelers’ health and infectious diseases.

“Woven throughout Dr. Moore’s career is a continuous thread that emphasizes nursing leadership, diversity, cultural humility, health equity, service and social justice,” the American Academy of Nursing noted in its induction ceremony’s program.

Moore sees the new chance to network with other Academy fellows as a way to expand her influence on the profession.

“It’s an opportunity to have a real impact. It’s about getting a lot of people together to think about the big health care issues that are all interconnected,” Moore said.

“When nurses from different backgrounds come together, they combine their best thoughts to come up with solutions to tough problems and ultimately shape our policies. I’m humbled to be part of such a distinguished group of nurse leaders.”

Moore joins five other faculty from the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing as Academy fellows. Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, Ph.D., Helen Lach, Ph.D., Denise Côté-Arsenault, Ph.D., Teri Murray, Ph.D., and Norma Metheny, Ph.D., were previously inducted into the Academy. Two emeritae faculty members, Mary Ann Lavin, Ph.D., and Ruth Murray, also are Academy fellows.

Selection into the academy is competitive and rigorous. A committee of elected fellows reviews hundreds of applications, choosing fellows based upon their contributions in increasing access, reducing cost and improving quality through nursing theory, practice and science.

The cadre represents the most accomplished nurse leaders in education, policy and research. Of the 3.8 million registered nurses in the U.S., only 2,600 are fellows. They have been recognized for their commitment to the promotion of the public’s health through evidence and innovation.