Dr. Gail Tumulty, RN, BSN, MSN, CNAA, (1945-2015) was an accomplished nurse and nurse administrator. She was professor emeritus at Loyola University New Orleans, where she was instrumental in the development, coordination, and implementation of their online health care system management program. During her tenure, the innovative format of her program became the university’s model for course management during times of disaster. When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, the program was the only one to continue with virtually no interruption, allowing enrolled students to graduate on time.
Tumulty received her PhD in nursing administration from the University of Texas and was nurse executive advanced-board certified. Over the course of her career, she investigated and directed several research projects that examined the learning needs, influences, and collaborative practices of nurses on a global scale. Tumulty served as associate center executive director at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia, where she oversaw a staff of more than 1,600 from 41 countries to teach transcultural care of the highest standard. She received numerous competitive grants to fund her research, which she published in various refereed journals and books targeting significant issues in the health care system and work redesign. She exhibited her work at conferences worldwide, including a presentation at the 2007 International American Nurses Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, with her coauthor, John R. Batty.
Tumulty was born in Council Grove, Kansas, and lived in the New Orleans area during her life. She passed away shortly after completing Voices of Angels: Disaster Lessons from Katrina Nurses.