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

NUR-387 (Maternal Newborn)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NUR-386 Perinatal Health 16 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
NUR-392 Mental Health Lab 7 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
NUR-392 Mental Health 7 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
NDL-350 One Voice in Tanzania 5 2017/JN, 2015/JN, 2012/JN, 2010/JN, and 2009/JN
NUR-304 Nursing Concepts 5 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
NUR-268 Career Exploration 5 2006/JN, 2005/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2002/JN
NUR-205 Native Wellbeing 4 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2013/FA
NUR-300 Research for Wellbeing 4 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
NUR-330 Adult and Child 4 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
NUR-310 Health Assessment and Nursing 4 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
NUR-320 Application of Nursing Concepts 4 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
NUR-393 Psychiatric Nurs Lab 3 2018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2016/SP
NUR-393 Psychiartric Nursing 3 2018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2016/SP
NUR-387 Reproductive Clinical 3 2017/FA and 2015/FA
NUR-308 Adult Health I 3 2012/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
NDL-305 Partner Violence 3 2005/JN, 2003/JN, and 2002/JN
NUR-330 Adult and Child Lab 3 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
NUR-202 Research & Ethics 2 2016/SP
NUR-336 Adult Health II Lab 2 2007/SP and 2006/SP
NUR-336 Adult Health II 2 2007/SP and 2006/SP
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 2 2005/FA and 2003/FA
NDL-250 One Voice in India 1 2014/JN
NUR-344 ST:Alaska Natives 1 2012/FA
NUR-302 Healthcare Issues 1 2012/FA
NDL-399 Sweden and National Health Care 1 2007/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.