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Alumni in the News

Lindsey Simmons, RN, and Goldfarb Alum Receives the June Great Catch Award

Lindsey Simmons, RN, on 11200, discovered that a patient who had been transferred to her floor more than five hours earlier had normal saline running at a rate of 250 ml/hr, which she thought seemed to be too much. The order was checked and - was changed to 75 ml/hr shortly after the transfer. The rate was reduced keeping the patient from volume overload.

"We are very proud of Lindsey, a relatively new nurse, for "stopping the line" and advocating for her patient's safety, "says Kerry Thacker, lead charge nurse on 11200.

Goldfarb Alum Going Primetime
Katie Duke, a 2004 graduate of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, will make her primetime television debut on ABC’s News Medical Documentary “NY Med” on July 10th, 2012.

Duke is a nurse in the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the busiest emergency room in New York City, and she has seen it all.  Now everyone can see the insane day-to-day life of an ER nurse through Duke’s eyes.

Living by the mottos “deal with it”, and “everything worthwhile takes sacrifice”, Duke does not see the chaos or challenges in her job as hindrances, but as opportunities.  The opportunities to change lives and to help fix people, or at least teach people how to fix themselves, are just a few reasons why Duke loves being a nurse.  Another reason is that she knows patients get to go home with their loved ones at the end of the day because she is an “awesome nurse”.

The confidence Duke has in her nursing abilities comes from her time spent at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.  She feels that Goldfarb gave her realistic clinic experience and taught her the fundamental skills that she uses every day.

“The instructors always expected the best,” says Duke. “The college has a big mission and the professors have big hearts. I learned a lot about nursing and about myself while in school.  I stopped underestimating what I could do in my life and started dreaming.”

Now Duke’s dreams are becoming reality.  Not only is she attending Columbia University for a Masters degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, but she is a part of a documentary that will show viewers the real side of nursing.  Duke is excited that viewers will get to see what it really takes to be a nurse.  The knowledge, bravery, grit and emotions are all there – the good and the bad – but it’s real and Duke can’t wait to share it all with America.

Army Nurse Welcomed Back Home

Click the link below for an amazing story about one of our alumni, Captain Michael Rybak, CRNA, MSN, a 2006 graduate of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Nurse Anesthesia Program.  Since graduation he has worked for the WUSM Department of Anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

National Nurses Week at St. Louis Children's Hospital

On May 10, 2012 nurses week came to a close with the announcement of the annual Nancy A. Ross, RN, Nursing Award Winners. Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College would like to acknowledge the alumni who received awards at the recognition ceremony: 

Professional Nursing Award:
Todd Johnson, BSN, RN, emergency unit
Goldfarb School of Nursing, 2008

Leadership Award:
Kathy Donovan, BSN, RN, C-NPT, transport team
Goldfarb School of Nursing

Excellence in Precepting Award:
Melissa Glasstetter, RN, BSN, advanced cardiac care
Barnes-Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, 2007
Goldfarb School of Nursing, 2010

Nursing Leadership and Mentoring Award:
Susan East, DNP-RN, ACNP-BC, CNS-BC, CNOR, Cardio-Thoracic Services 
UMSL, 1995

St. Louis University, 2011

Rookie of the Year Award:
Jaroslaw "Yarek" Piotrowicz, RN, operating room
Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, 2005

More about Nancy Ross:

  • Graduated from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, 1964
  • Performed rotation at St. Louis Children's Hospital 
  • Worked at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital as assistant head nurse, night supervisor
  • Her husband, Don, an SLCH supporter and BJC board member, established the awards to honor her commitment to children and love for nursing.