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"The time is always right to do what's right." This quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an address at Cornell College in 1962 still rings true 60 years later.

Today's focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in health care, education and corporations across America are a result of Dr. King's passionate efforts. Goldfarb School of Nursing is proud of our diversity in leadership and student recruitment. Yet we continue to strive for more diversity, inclusion and equity to make the future brighter for more people. Because it's the right thing to do now—and always.

Understanding the Many Beautiful Diverse Holidays

Last week, many of us celebrated Christmas. For some, Thanksgiving officially kicked off the holiday season. For others, the holidays started in September. Growing as a community means growing in understanding about the beautiful diversity of holidays. Being mindful of diverse holidays brings more opportunities for inclusion—and a stronger Goldfarb community.


Whether or not you celebrate any holiday, Goldfarb wishes you a MERRY EVERYTHING and HAPPINESS ALWAYS.


Click on the blog title to learn more about a sampling of holidays and their meanings. 


In recognition of Veterans Day Nov. 11, Goldfarb wishes to honor and thank our military veterans for their service to our country. These veterans include some our faculty and staff, and former and current students.

GSON is proud to sponsor Veterans and Supporters Together, or VaST, our student club that supports active duty, reserve, and veteran students, as well as military spouses, family and friends. The club also serves veterans in the community. Find VaST on Facebook or on Twitter @GSONVaST.


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.  



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