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The DAISY Faculty Award Winner: Dusty Scheper

At Goldfarb School of Nursing, our people make our school exceptional. For the first time, we partnered with The DAISY Foundation to show our gratitude to our instructors with the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

Please join us in congratulating our 2022 DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty winner Dusty Scheper, MSN, RN! 
 

Young Alumni Award Winner: Elizabeth Gillam

Elizabeth Gillam, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNML, knows that nursing is hard. And she knows that recently, it’s only gotten harder. But she believes that’s just an opportunity to grow. 

“I think of it as a challenge that we get to face. We get to be creative,” Elizabeth says. “Thinking of things differently can be scary but a cool challenge. And we get to be creative.” 

We’re honored to present Elizabeth with one of our 2023 Young Alumni Awards for her leadership and dedication to extraordinary care. 

“I’m so honored,” she says. “I’m so grateful for the time I had there. Everything I’ve done since was unlocked by being a student there.” 

 

Young Alumni Award Winner: Trina Kumodzi

There is no formula for what makes a good nurse, according to Trina Kumodzi, Ph.D., RN, CCRN. What makes you a good nurse is what makes you different. 

"When entering this profession, you would be surprised at how it turns out. How you turn out,” Trina says. “Nursing is a constant discovery. There are things I’m still finding out every day.” 

It's a vital perspective to pass down to the next generation of nurses, which Trina does as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. With an impressive resume and commitment to training the next generation of nurses, it might seem evident that Trina would be a 2022 Goldfarb Young Alumni Award recipient — except for Trina. “When I got the email, I thought, Is this real?” She recalls. “I didn’t say anything. Two days later, I finally told my husband.” 

The award was humbling. 

“I’m so excited. I feel renewed in the work that I’m doing,” Trina says. “It was the validation of the community. I didn’t have to do any work but be myself.”

Please join us in congratulating Trina as one of our 2022 Young Alumni Award recipients.

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College wishes to acknowledge the personal, professional and community contributions of its alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented in recognition of exemplary dedication to the profession of nursing to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to nursing education, research and service.

 

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award

Shirley Bradford Johnson, BSN, MS, MBA, NEA-BC, 1976 Barnes School of Nursing

MBA in Nursing Management and Business

No Striking Out: An Academic Advisor Coaches Students for Success

Matthew Kitchell knows that good coaching isn't about wins or losses: it's about giving someone the tools they need to succeed —and that's exactly what Matt does!

 

As one of Goldfarb School of Nursing's admission advisors, Matt supports prospective students who dream of a nursing career.

 

With a background in coaching and a passion for education, Matt takes a practical approach to admission advising. He understands the magnitude of a potential student's decision to begin nursing school at Goldfarb. He also knows that success looks different for every student — and what each student needs to succeed can differ. 

American Nursing Association Leader Inspires Advocacy at GSON

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has been a whirlwind of activity thanks to summer commencement, an alumni reunion, and an inspiring visit by Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Nursing Association (ANA).

As the 36th president of ANA representing 4 million nurses—and the first man to be elected president—Dr. Grant has a distinguished background of more than 30 years in nursing and is an internationally recognized expert in burn care and fire safety.

Dr. Grant recently spent four days in St. Louis with Goldfarb leaders, alumni and students, among others, with a call for advocacy and action for every generation of nurses.

 

The DAISY Faculty Award - Nominations Are In!

Congratulations to this year's nominees for the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty! 

"Goldfarb is thrilled to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the special faculty members who prepare our nursing workforce and inspire our students to ensure both the art and science of nursing are brought to every patient experience," says Mayola Rowser, Ph.D., DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Jack Taylor Dean and Professor at Goldfarb. 

The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty recognizes faculty members who go beyond simply teaching students. They exhibit grace, compassion and an unwavering commitment to education — they model what it means to be an exceptional nurse. 

The DAISY Faculty Award - Nominations Are In!

Congratulations to this year's nominees for the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty! 

"Goldfarb is thrilled to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the special faculty members who prepare our nursing workforce and inspire our students to ensure both the art and science of nursing are brought to every patient experience," says Mayola Rowser, Ph.D., DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Jack Taylor Dean and Professor at Goldfarb. 

The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty recognizes faculty members who go beyond simply teaching students. They exhibit grace, compassion and an unwavering commitment to education — they model what it means to be an exceptional nurse. 

Passions for Helping and Humor Bring Students Knocking

Although Bianca Keys, MA, started her role as admissions advisor for the Graduate and Upper Division BSN programs at Goldfarb School of Nursing during the height of the pandemic, the virtual environment didn't stop her from building a strong rapport with students.

Today, her uplifting advice, never-ending support, and humorous approach to life draw students to her both virtually and in person.

"Students know they can contact their advisor anytime," Bianca says. "About 95% of students text us directly or call us. It gives them a connection."

But Bianca especially enjoys the personal interactions with students. "I try to be relatable and encourage students to just come hang out with us" she says. "I also love giving student tours of the clinical simulation labs because the new technology is so exciting and advanced. New students tell me I give interesting and funny tours."

Bianca has been in higher education for 12 years with a focus on recruitment, enrollment management and professional development. Early in the pandemic, she stepped back from higher education to work as an entrepreneur with her family's non-emergency medical transportation company. But her heart for the students brought her back.

"I missed working with students. Helping to change lives through education opportunities is what I do, and that piece was missing," she says. 

 

From Plants to People: Student Ambassador Digs Into Nursing

Our paths in life are sometimes windy and even a little bumpy before we get to where we're meant to be. Beverly Agtuca knows that firsthand.

Growing up in New York, she was a bright, stand-out student. Teachers recognized her talent and steered her toward science and research. Before she even graduated high school, she was researching plants as a volunteer at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. Beginning in 2010, she spent three summers as a plant science intern there. At the same time, she was an undergraduate research assistant at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

She was immersed in research and was laying the groundwork for a successful science career.

In 2014, Beverly graduated with honors in biotechnology with a minor in microscopy from SUNY and soon headed to the University of Missouri–Columbia to pursue a graduate degree in plant sciences.

Her talent, intelligence, and hard work led her to an internship in Washington state for a summer, teacher and research assistant experiences, impressive leadership roles and a prestigious scholars program. After she received her graduate degree, she became an assistant professor at Adams State University in Colorado. Her career was soaring.

Then the pandemic hit and the world changed. Beverly changed, too.

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