Monday, July 07, 2014
Goldfarb School of Nursing installs three new leaders
Three nurses have recently been installed in endowed chairs at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. The new chairs are:
- Jean Davis, PhD, RN, Paul J. McKee Jr. Senior Associate Dean for Research
- Gretchen Drinkard, PhD, RN, CNE, Jack Taylor Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- Gail Rea, PhD, RN, CNE, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Endowed Chair for Advanced Nursing
“Through these endowments, our generous donors to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital have made an extraordinary investment in the Goldfarb School of Nursing,” says Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor, and president of Barnes-Jewish College and Goldfarb School of Nursing. “We deeply appreciate their support that gives us the opportunity to recruit and retain top academic and research talent to serve the college and the community in a rapidly changing environment.
“The future of health care depends on our ability to bring the best and brightest into the health professions, particularly nurses,” Bleich adds. “The leadership positions at Goldfarb, expressed through these endowed chairs, will be the driving force behind attracting and educating the best students.”
The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Endowed Chair for Advanced Nursing is a newly created clinical endowed chair. Dr. Rea is the first to hold the chair.
“With breadth and depth of knowledge, each of the newly appointed chairs brings specific strengths in that they all have a solid commitment to making the next generation of nurses the best they can be,” Bleich says. “Dr. Davis has deep expertise in nursing science and will lead the college to exponential growth in research. Dr. Drinkard has extensive experience as both a nurse practitioner and a nurse educator to lead the academic enterprise. And Dr. Rea was a foremost leader in promoting evidence-based nursing practice, bridging science and practice. Together, they will play a significant role in leading nursing care into the future to benefit all patients.”
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is located on the campus of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, with a site at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The College is housed in a nationally recognized educational facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and a Clinical Simulation Institute with six patient simulation labs and two exam rooms providing high-tech, advanced nursing care experiences.
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital helps donors enrich lives, save lives and transform patient care through charitable gifts. The Foundation supports the patient care, research and innovation, community outreach and educational mission of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its Washington University Physician colleagues, as well as supports the Siteman Cancer Center, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.