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How to Set Healthy Boundaries

Ready or not, tis the season of gratitude and giving. As your calendar fills up, are you giving too much of yourself?

It might be time to build some healthy boundaries.

Setting boundaries isn't selfish; it's crucial for your mental health. Through the hustle and bustle of the season that kicks off with Thanksgiving, be sure to take time for yourself. Set the world aside and go for a walk, get a massage, meditate, read a book, or cozy up with hot cocoa on a Saturday night. Whatever brings you peace on earth, DO IT.

Balancing nursing school, work, family, and managing a social life is a monumental task. Boundaries prevent overdoing, over-committing, and oversharing. These things lead to exhaustion. But how do you say no to the invitations and expectations from others? How do you set those boundaries that no one can step over? Take it one step at a time.

Career Quest Leads to Scholarship and Dream Job

Native Californian, Jovan Romero, has been exploring career options since he graduated high school in 2012—all centered around helping others.

He first worked at a veterinarian hospital. At age 20, he started working as an ABA (applied behavioral analysis) therapist for children with autism.

"I fell in love with that and it made me realize how much I enjoy working with kids," Jovan says. "I saw how rewarding it was."

All his experiences eventually melded to point him toward nursing. "I've always enjoyed taking care of people and nursing feels like the right fit," he says.

Daunted by the long waiting period to get into nursing programs in California, he looked to the Midwest. On his quest to become a nurse, Jovan discovered Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis.

Jovan’s challenge was figuring out how to pay for his education with private loans after already taking out federal student loans

Just in time, Jovan got a call that he had received a full-ride scholarship to Goldfarb from BJC HealthCare. With his passion for working with kids, he plans to work at St. Louis Children's Hospital when he graduates. Jovan is also the first member of his family to go to college.

"The full-ride scholarship is awesome," he says. "I was stressed about how I was going to pay for nursing school so I really appreciate this scholarship."

New Citizens Journey to Nursing

America just gained an enthusiastic new citizen and future nurse: Olga Valdez Guevara. After successfully passing a comprehensive civic exam, Olga participated in her citizenship ceremony on Nov. 4 surrounded by her husband, 9-year-old child, and friends.

Olga currently is a student in the Weekends and Evening Option (WEO) program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and expects to graduate in the summer of 2024. As a full-time clinical research coordinator at Washington University’s NeuroGenomics and Informatics Center, she doesn't have far to go to get to class.

Daylight Savings Time: Fall Back With Healthy Mood Boosters

Now is the time to adjust your schedule, be proactive, and adopt these healthy habits to protect your mental health and boost your mood—no matter what the clock says.

Reddit Points the Way to Goldfarb

Students learn about Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College through friends, family, and even social media. Michael James "MJ" Block of Sacramento, California, discovered Goldfarb on Reddit, a social community for news and discussions and moved from the West Coast to the Midwest to finally follow his passion for helping others.

At first glance, MJ thought the nursing school in St. Louis seemed too good to be true. He had researched other nursing schools in California but found many had a long wait to enroll. He realized that before starting in one of those programs, he had the opportunity to finish nursing school at Goldfarb thanks to the college's rolling admissions process.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center Announced Its 2022 President’s Award Winner, Dr. Michael Ward

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, presented its highest honor, The Margretta Madden Styles President’s Award, to Dr. Michael Ward, Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity for Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Ward received the prestigious award on October 13 at the 2022 ANCC National Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Conferences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where nearly 11,000 nurses participated. According to ANCC, this was a record number of conference attendees for the organization.

Authenticity Creates a Trusted Mentor

When Erin Walsh, DNP, RNC-MNN, came to Goldfarb School of Nursing in February 2018 as an assistant professor, it was her first role as a faculty member. She is a postpartum nurse by trade and still works PRN at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Erin is grateful for her colleagues who mentored her during her first year, especially when COVID-19 hit. "They helped acclimate me and make me feel comfortable. I'm lucky to have worked with people like Lynn Baer who helped me through the pandemic. As an experienced instructor, she helped me figure out how to teach in a remote, virtual atmosphere. I don't know what I would have done without Lynn."

Erin admits the pandemic has been an "adventure" yet she has leaned on her resilience. "Thankfully, I can adapt pretty easily and can do things on the fly."


Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Receives $300,000 Grant From Governor Parson

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College receives $300,000 to ReduceBarriers to Nursing Education 

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is one of 11 Missouri colleges to receive funding from a $3 million dollar grant aimed at making nursing education more accessible.  

Missouri Governor Mike Parson approved the grant on September 21, which will allocate $300,000 to Goldfarb School of Nursing.  “It is vitally important that we continue to invest in Missouri’s health care workforce,” said Governor Parson. “These grant funds will assist with expanding clinical partnerships and nursing resources to better provide students with a valuable education as well as increase enrollment capacity in the future.” 

Accelerating the Drive to a Bright Future

When Jasmyn Harris graduated this summer from Goldfarb School of Nursing, she became the first nurse in her family.

It was impactful health care experiences with family members that led her to nursing.

When Jasmyn was just 4 years old, she recalls her cousin of the same age passing away from leukemia. "We were born a month apart and were like twins," she says. "My aunt still stays in contact with the nurses who cared for my cousin at St. Louis Children's Hospital. That has stayed with me."

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! 



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