Barbara Zust ’76

Alumni and Faculty

Director/Chair in Nursing

Barbara L .Zust  loves the diversity and creativity she finds in nursing.  Her clinical practice has had a family health focus that includes her work with grieving families in oncology/ hospice;  acutely ill patients and their families in ICU/CCU; struggling and/or violent families in public health;  and new families in OB.

In 1996, Barbara received grant money to fund her Master’s research with INSIGHT : A Group Cognitive Therapy Program for Women designed by Dr. Verona Gordon.  She used INSIGHT as a tool of empowerment  for rural  women,   many of whom had experienced violence at the hands of their partners. Barbara continued her research with women’s empowerment  through discovery of self in the INSIGHT program during her doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota..  Barbara hopes to share the INSIGHT program with incarcerated women at both long term and short term correctional facilities. However, she is finding that it is hard to get into prisons ---legally.           

Barbara teaches maternity nursing and mental health nursing at Gustavus.  She finds that the rurality of the college gives Gustavus nursing students a unique opportunity to explore both urban and rural aspects of healthcare.  For example, Gustavus maternity nursing students have clinical experiences in large birthing centers in the metro area and at the same time have the opportunity to provide much needed family health nursing service projects for the rural community in which the college is nestled.  Barbara also works with students who are interested in human wellness research.  All of her research students submit their studies for presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research ( NCUR).   In 2006, she was awarded the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Teacher of the Year. In 2011, she was awarded the Edgar Carlson Teaching Award at Gustavus.

Barbara lives in St. Peter with her husband, Roger McKnight from the Scandinavian Studies Department at Gustavus.  They currently have three cats and are prone to taking in animals in spite of the fur issues they cause in the home.  Barbara loves to laugh and enjoys good times with her three grown children and her extended family.  She loves to travel and has enjoyed J-Term experiences with students in Sweden and Tanzania.  Her life goal is to be fluent in Swedish someday.


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, M.S. and Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NUR-386Perinatal Health162014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
NUR-392Mental Health Lab72015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
NUR-392Mental Health72015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
NDL-350One Voice in Tanzania52017/JN, 2015/JN, 2012/JN, 2010/JN, and 2009/JN
NUR-304Nursing Concepts52013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
NUR-268Career Exploration52006/JN, 2005/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2002/JN
NUR-205Native Wellbeing42017/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2013/FA
NUR-300Research for Wellbeing42010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
NUR-330Adult and Child42005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
NUR-310Health Assessment and Nursing42004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
NUR-320Application of Nursing Concepts42004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
NUR-393Psychiatric Nurs Lab32018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2016/SP
NUR-393Psychiartric Nursing32018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2016/SP
NUR-387Reproductive Clinical32017/FA and 2015/FA
NUR-308Adult Health I32012/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
NDL-305Partner Violence32005/JN, 2003/JN, and 2002/JN
NUR-330Adult and Child Lab32003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
NUR-202Research & Ethics22016/SP
NUR-336Adult Health II22007/SP and 2006/SP
NUR-336Adult Health II Lab22007/SP and 2006/SP
FTS-100First Term Seminar22005/FA and 2003/FA
NDL-250One Voice in India12014/JN
NUR-344ST:Alaska Natives12012/FA
NUR-302Healthcare Issues12012/FA
NDL-399Sweden and National Health Care12007/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.