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Wednesday Word: Mammograms Can Help Save Lives

Are you ready to go pink to save more women's lives? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Unfortunately, many women skipped their routine mammograms over the past couple of years due to the pandemic. Regular mammograms are vitally important by detecting cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Join the movement to educate women about breast cancer and the importance of mammograms by wearing pink Friday, Oct. 22 for BJC Goes Pink Day.

Scholarship Honors Homer G. Phillips Hospital Nurses

After joining Goldfarb School of School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, Nancy Ridenour, PhD, APRN, FAAN, The Maxine Clark and Bob Fox President, began to search for ways to help the underserved and increase the number of Black nursing students. She found inspiration in “The Color of Medicine,” a documentary about the historic Homer G. Phillips Hospital that served the St. Louis Black community from 1937 until 1979.

Going Virtual: A New Tradition to Celebrate Students

Spring Commencement is coming soon to a screen near you, making it the third online graduation ceremony we’ve produced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the school is at the heart of many traditions for our students and alumni, virtual commencement ceremonies are a new addition to our long history of sending exceptional nurses into the world.

Goldfarb Grads Receive Excellence in Nursing Awards

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College prepares well-educated, adaptable, inquisitive and compassionate nurses. That’s why we’re proud to recognize three of our graduates who were recipients of the 2021 St. Louis Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Meet the Dean: Mayola Rowser

On May 17, 2019, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College welcomed Mayola Rowser, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, as the new Jack Taylor Dean and Professor. She has brought to her role a wealth of experience in academia and a passion for the nursing profession.

A Special Message from Dr. Nancy Ridenour

By now, most of you have read the announcement regarding my decision to retire. Please know that I will continue to serve as your President until my successor is named.  

Virtual Homecoming 2020: Nurses’ Voice

Did you tune in to our virtual homecoming celebration on October 24, 2020? Even though we weren’t able to host an in-person event due to COVID-19, we took our longstanding school tradition and brought it online.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Jean Hoffman and  Linda Urden were named 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awardees at this year’s homecoming virtual celebration. Both Jean and Linda have exhibited a commitment to nursing education, research and service.

Preparing for a Virtual Nursing Interview

A nursing interview can be stressful at any point in time, but the unknowns that come with online interviews carry a slightly different set of challenges. While you should always prepare for a nursing interview, the preparation is a little different for a virtual interview, where you control the environment.

We’ve pulled together a few tips and tricks for you to consider as you prep for your next online interview for a nursing position.


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