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ID: RG/RG030
Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet
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Barnes Hospital School of Nursing began in July 1955 with an initial class of seventy-seven students.  The School was established under the auspices of Barnes Hospital and was planned by the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Hospital Group.  The first Director of Nursing Education was Miss Ann J. Campbell who was responsible for planning the curriculum, recruiting students, and hiring faculty.

When it opened, the School of Nursing was a 29-month program that included courses ranging from Anatomy and Physiology to Maternity and Medical-Surgery Nursing.  The majority of courses were taught in the hospital with access to patients.  After completing the program, students received a diploma and were eligible to sit for the state nursing examination.

In 1992, Barnes Hospital School of Nursing was renamed the Barnes Hospital College of Nursing.  At this time, the program lengthened to four years and students were awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.  In 1994, Barnes Hospital College of Nursing merged with the nursing school at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  This merger created the largest nursing school at a public university in Missouri and allowed students to pursue Master’s and doctoral degrees in addition to a Bachelor’s degree.

In 2005, the College of Nursing left the University of Missouri-St. Louis to reunite with the hospital, which was now called Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Following a generous gift by philanthropist Alvin Goldfarb in 2007, a new building for the School was constructed on the Washington University and BJC medical campus at the corner of Taylor and Duncan Avenues.  Additionally, the School was renamed the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.  The School is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and regionally by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  Today, the Goldfarb School of Nursing offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing.

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Related Materials: Formerly Barnes Hospital School of Nursing
Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], Barnes College Records, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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