Nursing Students


he Gustavus Nursing Program provides a strong, innovative curriculum based on professional standards; promotes the role of nursing in a dynamic, inter-professional health care envi­ronment; and attracts diverse, well-qualified students capable of attaining expected student learning outcomes.

The Department of Nursing offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for working with individuals and communities in promoting healing and wellbeing across the lifespan. The nursing curriculum provides a broad understanding of the discipline of nursing as a way of looking at the world. Nursing care of an individual with a health variance considers the family that supports the patient; the home environment in which the patient lives; the community resources available to help the patient; the local, state, and national politics that affect these resources; and the global community from which these resources are taken. As important members of inter-professional health care teams, nurses need to see human needs manifested in diverse beliefs, values, resources, and conditions that impact the effectiveness of highly sophisticated technical skills, devices and treatments.

Throughout the nursing curriculum, students will develop clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills necessary to assess, respond to, and evaluate factors that impact health and wellbeing. Students will have the opportunity to practice inter-professional communication and collaboration, actively participate in the creation of knowledge by engaging in research, examine human issues that impact wellbeing, and advocate for quality, safe and effective care for patients across the lifespan.


The Department of Nursing fosters the development of nursing professionals who demonstrate the values of justice, faith, community, excellence and service through cognitive practice, integration of learning, ethical reflection and intercultural understanding. The Department of Nursing shares in the Mission of the College through an innovative and dynamic education that embraces the highest standards of teaching and scholarship.

Graduates of the program are distinguished by the four tenets of the Conceptual Framework:

  • synthesis and application of a liberal arts education to provide holistic care;
  • ethical and reflective practice to promote a just and peaceful world;
  • the ability to advocate for the health and wellbeing of all people; and
  • a commitment to lifelong learning, leadership, and service to others.

Megan Gustafson“Nursing is so unlike any other major because we get to not only learn in the classroom, but we also take what we learn and apply it with real patients and build connections with other health care professionals in the field. Getting the hands on experience is crucial in nursing and at Gustavus we get some of the best hands on learning experiences around.”

~ Megan Gustafson, Senior Nursing Major

Name Title Phone
Barbara Zust ’76 Professor and Chair 507-933-6097
Heidi Meyer ’98 Associate Professor 507-933-6094
Cindy Ahler Instructor 507-933-6127
Jessica Stadick Instructor 507-933-6126
Dean Arnott Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Theresa Bilse-Kraft Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Hannah Birkholz Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Julie Chapman Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Trisha Haapoja ’97 Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Jessie Helget ’11 Lab Facilitator 507-933-7137
Kathleen Holman Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Sabrina Kelley Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Lynnea Myers ’05 On Leave 507-933-6127
Loronda Schuler Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Alina Vogel Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Sondra Winters ’12 Clinical faculty, 2015-2016 507-933-7317
Lisa Koppelman Administrative Assistant 507-933-7317
Jane Coleman Professor Emeritus
Judith Gardner Professor Emeritus
Kay Moline ’56 Professor Emeritus
Paula Swiggum Professor Emeritus