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Kaye Herth named to world nurse research hall of fame

Dean emerita Kaye Herth earns international research honors.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [6-17-11]

Minnesota State University, Mankato Dean Emerita Kaye A. Herth is one of 15 nurse researchers worldwide who will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame next month.

The award honors nurse researchers from around the world who have achieved long-term, broad recognition for their work, and whose research has had global or national impact. A ceremony honoring the 15 researchers will take place at Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nursing Research Congress in Cancun, Mexico, on July 14.

Herth, who retired last year as dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health & Nursing, is an international expert on hope, humor and grief among people with chronic or terminal illnesses.

Her innovative instruments to measure hope are used by medical professionals worldwide, and her book and articles have been translated into 19 foreign languages. Co-author of “Hope and Hopelessness,” she has published chapters about hope, humor and grief in eight major nursing texts, and she has authored more than 60 articles in professional journals.

Herth, dean since 1998, led the of the College of Allied Health & Nursing’s expansion into doctoral programs, a cutting-edge research center, innovative service-education partnerships and distance technology initiatives.

She spearheaded a successful effort to obtain legislative approval for doctor of nursing practice degrees at Minnesota State Mankato, and oversaw planning for three innovative new nursing initiatives funded by a $7 million gift from Glen and Becky Taylor to the School of Nursing.

She has received numerous honors and awards, including recognition from the World Health Organization for her research on hope among the terminally ill, and is listed in the biographical directory “Two Thousand Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century.” She also is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Herth joined Minnesota State Mankato in 1998, and has served in leadership positions at Georgia Southern University, Northern Illinois University and Clemson University. She was a family nurse practitioner in Appalachia and Texas, and she has done clinical practice in hospitals, hospices and community health centers.

She earned a doctorate in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University, a post-graduate management and leadership certificate from Harvard University, and a diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Racine, Wis.

The 15 being honored include nurse researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Pennsylvania, Chiang Mai University of Thailand, National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan and more.

Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is a nonprofit organization that supports learning, knowledge and professional development for nurses who make a difference in health worldwide. Its 470 chapters are in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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