Carol Huston


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Carol Huston

Biographical Information

Carol Jorgensen Huston received her BSN degree from Univeristy of Iowa in 1977, her MSN from California State University, Chico in 1982, and her MPA and DPA degrees from the University of Southern California in 1997. Dr. Huston has been a professor of nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC) since 1982. She served as Master Teacher for CSUC from 1999-2001 and was named Outstanding Teacher for CSU, Chico for 2001/2002. In 2008/2009, she was named the Outstanding Professor for CSU, Chico. In January 2010, she assumed the position of Director of the School of Nursing.

Dr. Huston also taught part time in the MSNE and MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner program at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA from 1998-2006, teaching health finance, health systems, and outcomes measurement.

Dr. Huston is the co-author of five textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (a combined 16 editions) and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals. Her co-authored book, "Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing" has been translated into six languages and "Management Decision Making for Nurses" was an AJN book of the year. She is also the co-developer of the Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking, which has been recognized internationally by nurse scholars. She also serves on the editorial board for Journal of Nursing Scholarship and the International Scholarly Research Network and as a manuscript reviewer for multiple other journals. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Assessment Technologies Institute. In November 2007, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an organization which represents nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research.

Professional affiliations include ANA-California and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI). Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 President of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. As President, she was responsible for strategic planning, program implementation, and fiduciary oversight of approx. 130,000 nurses in 470+ chapters, in more than 90 countries. In addition, she served as Co-Chairperson of the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative (a global partnership effort between Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, and the Nightingale Museum of London). She is also a member of the ATI National Advisory Board and will serve as the Lead Faculty for the Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy being launched in fall 2014 as a partnership between Sigma Theta Tau International and Chamberlain College Center for Excellence in Nursing Education.

Dr. Huston is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and has keynoted more than 250 presentations at nursing and healthcare conferences worldwide.  In addition, she has led interprofessional healthcare delegations to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Russia, and Cuba.  She will lead a delegation to Tanzania in March 2015. Her research interests include critical thinking, mentoring, outcomes measurement, quality health care,and empowerment of the nursing profession. She is also actively involved in community service to the northstate, serving on the Board of Trustees for Enloe Medical Center (Vice Chairperson as of 2014).

Dr. Huston is married to Tom Huston and is the mother of two grown daughters, Shauna Huston and Kristin McKay. She has three grandchildren.


Carol and Tom - India - 2011
China - 2008
Carol with Patricia Thompson, CEO STTI - Nov. 2011
Carol and Tom in Kenya - Dec. 2005
2007 - 2009 President STTI
Tom and Carol - India - Sept. 2011
Carol - BSN Univ. of Iowa - 1977
People to People Delegation - China - 2008

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