Barbara Ann Nelson

Barbara Ann Nelson

Beloved former Barry University nursing professor Barbara Ann (Bobbe Ann) Haines Nelson was born on April 30, 1939 in New Jersey. Bobbe Ann dedicated her life to nursing and caring for the sick—but her biggest reward was teaching nursing so that others would continue her legacy.

After moving to Ohio in high school and graduating from Our Lady of the Angels High School in 1956, she enrolled in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1963 as valedictorian. She joined St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a medical/surgical nurse while pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

She then moved to Miami, joining the nursing faculty at Barry University, where she taught from 1971 until 1986 while also working in the Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room on nights and weekends.

Bobbe Ann continued working as an emergency room nurse, specializing in rape crisis intervention, at Lee Memorial Hospital in Cape Coral, Fla. after moving there in 1985. She semi-retired in 2010 and worked for the Visiting Nurses Association until her illness prevented her from continuing to work. She lost her battle with cancer in April 2014.

She was recognized in “Who’s Who in Nursing,” along with many other accolades, throughout her teaching and working life. Her dying wish was to assist those who wanted to dedicate their lives to nursing, and she donated her entire estate to Barry University School of Nursing and Health Sciences to provide ongoing scholarships to nursing students in need.