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Scholarship Recipient Provides Care for First Heart-Kidney Transplant Patient

November 19, 2010

Luke Hubbard spent six years as a sales manager for a paint manufacturing company until he decided he needed a change.

“I liked the people part of sales, but not the selling part of it,” says Luke. So nursing was a natural fit! He completed his associate degree nursing program before moving to St. Louis, where he had been accepted into the one-year accelerated BSN degree program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

Luke received the Institutional Scholarship and Parkview Scholarship through the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation. These scholarships helped Luke cover the cost of his education. This support allowed him to focus on excelling in the program’s fast-paced, intense course work. Luke also took an active role in student affairs, first as vice president, then as president of the Student Council.

After graduating in December, Luke did what Barnes-Jewish Hospital hopes many Goldfarb graduates will do–he joined the nursing team in the cardiac intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish.

“I chose cardiology because the heart intrigues me,” says Luke. “The heart is basically just a pump with valves and tubes that runs automatically on its own electric current. It’s so simple and so complex at the same time.”

Luke credits Goldfarb for giving him a great foundation of nursing skills and knowledge. “Goldfarb provided me with the clinical experience and classroom education to hit the ground running when I started working at Barnes-Jewish,” he said.

When Jonathan Sadowski came to the Hospital for his heart-kidney transplant—the first ever at Barnes-Jewish Hospital—Luke was one of the nurses that cared for him before the procedure.

“For me, making someone happy by simply taking care of them to the best of my ability is light years ahead of making someone happy by selling them something,” he says. “In the ICU, I see people feeling their worst and it’s always refreshing to be able to transfer someone off our intensive care floor. I always jokingly tell my patients that I hope I never see them again when I transfer them out.”

To support scholarships at Goldfarb School of Nursing, please give to Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation's Goldfarb School of Nursing Scholarship Fund (#0374) by clicking on "Give Now" above. If you have questions, please call David Sandler at 314-362-3499 or e-mail givingbarnesjewish@bjc.org.

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