Entered By: QI Staff
October 29, 2013
DR. SUSAN GASTON
In Memorial…1948 – 2013
QI TULSA PRESIDENT, 1997-1998
QI DISTRICT 16 GOVERNOR, 2001-2002
“Typical of Susan, when she learned her cancer had returned last February she made an educated decision not to go through chemo and radiation again but rather set out to prepare the department for its annual 5 year National accreditation that was to be done this September. Susan had everything in place and she learned before her death that the department had again earned/qualified for the Excellence rating.”
– QI Past International President, Lynne Caroon
CLASSROOM INNOVATOR & BELOVED QUOTARIAN
Susan Gaston introduced iStan, a lifelike computerized patient, to the University of Tulsa School of Nursing in 2008. She also created a new course that gives TU nursing students the opportunity, through short-term study abroad, to analyze how other countries use computers in nursing and health care.
A native of Pittsburg, Kan., Gaston came to TU in 1991 from Ball State University in Indiana. Since that time, she had been instrumental in the successful development of the School of Nursing, said Gale Sullenberger, dean of TU’s Collins College of Business, which includes the nursing school.
“Every action she took was designed to move the School of Nursing forward and improve the educational opportunities for nursing students,” Sullenberger said. She added that Gaston’s leadership, backed by an excellent faculty, helped TU’s nursing program grow in reputation and esteem not only within the state’s health-care community but beyond it. That included leading the program successfully through three national accreditations. The study-abroad course that Gaston developed on nursing and technology was recognized with the College of Business’ Dean’s Innovation in Teaching Award in 1999.
A registered nurse, Gaston was a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of California at San Francisco and held a doctorate in education from Kansas State University.
She also had taught at Wichita State University, Marymount College of Kansas and Pittsburg State University.