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Beth E. Barba Endowed Scholarship in Aging

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

Dr. Beth E. Barba’s career took her from bedside nurse to faculty member at the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing. Dr. Barba began her career in New Jersey as a critical care nurse, served as faculty in academic schools of nursing in New York and New Jersey, and then at UNCG for 27 years. She retired in 2015 as director of the PhD Program, professor emeritus, and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Barba spent 18 years working as a critical care nurse while earning a bachelor of arts in the School of Nursing and a bachelor of science in Nursing at New Jersey City University, and then a master of arts in nursing science at New York University. She moved to North Carolina in 1988 and completed a doctoral degree in nursing research and theory development from NYU and a post-doctoral fellowship in gerontological nursing while teaching at UNCG.

Dr. Barba’s passion was gerontological nursing, which was the focus of her teaching and scholarship for more than 25 years. She was project director for a health resources and services administration grant project, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project, for 12 years of consecutive funding. This project provided geriatric education to more than 13,000 nurses and allied health professionals. Her scholarship was focused on the effects of nursing education on the practice of geriatric nursing and on older people with dementia. She filled active roles for several state and national nursing organizations and served as consultant and advisor for gerontological nursing curricula for various schools.