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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.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, her dedication and courage spoke volumes. A tireless women's rights leader, we celebrate her life and legacy.

How to Succeed in Online Nursing Classes

Nursing school can be a stressful time in normal circumstances, both because of what’s happening in class and the world around you. These days, we understand that there are more challenges than ever before and students are looking for the secrets of how to succeed in nursing school as courses move online and life outside of the classroom is anything but normal.

Goldfarb Student Featured in St. Louis Magazine

Rebecca Schamel was in the preceptorship of her nursing program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College when the pandemic hit. Rather than finish their preceptorships in the hospital, nursing students were given two options: work through case studies online or volunteer at a COVID-19 testing site for BJC HealthCare. Schamel, who grew up in a family of nurses, volunteered.

Wednesday Word: Good Trouble

This past weekend we lost two icons who were pivotal in advancing civil rights, Rep. John Lewis and Rev. Cordy Tindell Vivian. Both were spiritual leaders who studied theology at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. Both were inspired by the teachings of Gandhi and advocated for peace.


Words. Words can change lives.



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