Mary Ann Jobe, MSN, RN, CSN, retired after 16 years with Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and 26 years as a nursing professor.
Because her father was a teacher and her mother a nurse, Mary Ann Jobe’s decision to become a school nurse felt like a natural transition after her graduation from St. Louis University in 1976. She found that she enjoyed being a nurse and a teacher because she was able to make an impact on the students and the community. In fact, these same interests allowed Jobe to join the faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1991. During her time at SIUE, she taught community health courses and helped develop the school’s RN to BSN outreach program. She was also instrumental in promoting the state's school nurse certification program in Southern Illinois.
In 2001, Jobe joined Goldfarb (then called the Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health at the Washington University Medical Center) as an assistant professor. Her first teaching assignment was Intro to Nursing, a class she fondly called “Bed, Bath and Beyond.” She said she knew Goldfarb was where she wanted to work because of “the location of the college, the affiliation with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Medical School, the opportunity for interdisciplinary work and the caliber of students attending the college.” Recalling her decision to join the faculty, Jobe said, “It had, and still has, so many opportunities for faculty, students and the nursing profession.”
Jobe forged many relationships during her 16 years at Goldfarb. She said she will fondly remember her former students, colleagues, schools and community agencies that she had the privilege to work with while teaching community health. Those relationships, she also said, is what made her work at Goldfarb so rewarding and gratifying.
Though she will miss teaching, her students and the relationships with colleagues and friends, Jode said she will stay in touch. She plans to remain involved in community nursing and college events during her retirement—between golf games.