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Express Gratitude in the form of a Nomination

What faculty member at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College has impacted you most beautifully? 

By nominating a faculty member for the DAISY Foundation's annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, you can share your gratitude for their guidance, inspiration and influence on you personally and professionally.


Caring From Bedside to StreetSide

Tiffany Nelson, MSN, RN, ANP-C, has always worked hard to achieve her goals, including the impressive credentials behind her name. Yet all her success is driven by her passion to help others. It's in her DNA.

Her mom was a nurse and died when Tiffany was just 15. Raised by her grandparents from then on, Tiffany was shaped by her mother as well as by her grandmother, who dedicated herself to community work and opened her home to those in need.

"Our family has a natural affinity to help people," Tiffany explains. "I originally wanted to become a doctor but the tuition was a barrier. I was committed to funding my education myself because I didn't want to burden my grandparents. Today as a nurse practitioner, I'm still able to help people and make a positive impact in someone's life."

She first attended St. Louis Community College and graduated in 2003 with an associate's degree. For the next several years, she worked as a nurse in various settings. Then she took another important step in her career and graduated from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2009 with a BSN. Two years later, she received her MSN from the college and became an adult nurse practitioner—adding ANP-C behind her name.

Tiffany soon discovered a love for caring for the elderly and has worked in long-term care facilities ever since.


How to Make a Successful Transition to Nursing School

What to Expect as a New Nursing Student

(From a busy student who has been there)

Maddy Hodges is a busy mother of active 7- and 10-year-old boys, a wife, and a nursing student at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Oh, AND she is a student ambassador and peer mentor.

To juggle all her responsibilities, Hodges developed creative study habits and self-care routines. They've made all the difference in her sanity and success.

WEDNESDAY WORD: DNP Program Focuses on Population Health

Health care continues to evolve and nursing is changing with it. One advanced nursing focus is population health. It’s a pathway to a leading-edge career that drives health care delivery.

Today, health care is emphasizing primary and preventive care in managing the health of groups of people. Ultimately, population health improves quality of care and lowers cost. Nurses are vital in managing population health through their roles in communities, schools, businesses, homes and hospitals.


Honoring Inspirational Nurses

Happy Nurses Week! We're proud to shine the spotlight on nurses this week and always. Cheers to the hard-working, courageous nurses who continue to bring their skills and compassion to our families and friends in a variety of health care settings.
Nurses have long been leaders in health care. Some changed lives quietly behind the scenes in the face of monumental challenges. Others jumped in with gusto to blaze new trails. Wars, racism, gender discrimination and countless other foes couldn't stop fearless nurses.
Nursing has come a long way thanks to those who walked before us. Take a closer look at four of the most influential nurses who shaped health care and who continue to inspire nurses today.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHT: Self-Care for the Win!

When Natalee Skelton started her first term at Goldfarb School of Nursing during the height of the pandemic, classes were all online except for a skills lab. As a student who is typically driven by her connections with others, this virtual education challenged Skelton.

"The hardest thing for me was a lack of connection with teachers," she says. "It usually helps me to get to know my teachers. I had always worked harder because of the teachers I connected with but without that connection, I felt like something was missing."

For Skelton, the silver lining of the pandemic was that it helped her grow and become more resilient. "With classes online, I learned to do well for me rather than to impress teachers," she says. "Now I try not to compare myself to others or worry about impressing others. I look at my areas of weakness and decide what I need to work on. I found my inner motivation."

She admits it was difficult to stay focused online and she struggled along with many other students. "Home became a source of stress for me because it was where I studied and went to school."

As she watched COVID-10 wreaking havoc on health care workers, Skelton even began doubting her career choice. "I was worried about what the nursing profession would be like by the time I graduated," she says. "And I was scared about the health risks nurses faced."

That's a Winner!

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is tremendously proud of faculty member Sara Kimmel, MSN, RN, for winning the 2022 St. Louis Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award!

Kimmel is an assistant professor in the Upper Division Program at Goldfarb, which is also her alma mater. "Since the first day in my teaching position, I felt like I was with family," Kimmel says. "Being able to be part of the journey with another person as they start or advance in the nursing profession allows me to 'pay it forward' in a way."
Ready for the next step in your nursing career? With a master of science in nursing (MSN) from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, you have a wide variety of options for complex professional roles.

Goldfarb offers several MSN concentrations, including an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. This unique program is for post-BSN students. With a growing population of older adults, your skills are needed more than ever. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNPs) provide care in diverse health care settings and are in high demand.
WEDNESDAY WORD: Nursing Honorees
St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards applauds the inspiring efforts of nurses around the St. Louis region and spotlights their selfless care, compassion and service, especially during the pandemic.

A prestigious selection committee selected more than 60 finalists across a range of categories. Honorees will be recognized in the May issue of St. Louis Magazine.

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is proud to recognize two of our faculty members, Xiumei Lin, DNP, MSN, RN, and Sara Kimmel, MSN, RN, who are honorees in the Educator category of the 2022 St. Louis Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards.
Why Pronouns Matter


Ever wonder the significance of someone listing she/her or other pronouns in an email signature?

You may not be able to tell someone's gender based on their appearance. Gender identity is not visible. It’s an internal sense of one’s gender and can be different than the sex assigned at birth. Gender expression doesn't equal gender identity.

Read on to learn more about pronouns




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