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The Pulse The 90th Anniversary Year is Upon Us! On January 22, 1922 the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing (later renamed the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing) opened its doors and the legacy began. Throughout the decades more than 6,000 nurses have graduated from the Birmingham Baptist Hospital and Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. On Monday, January 23, faculty, staff, students and alumni joined together on the Plaza of the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for Healing Arts to kickoff the 90th Anniversary year with a balloon release and birthday cake for the school. Please watch the video below for a glimpse into the fun of our kickoff celebration! Tremendous thanks to everyone who joined us. Inside this newsletter you will find MANY opportunities to get involved with the 90th Anniversary celebration. We hope that you will get involved at whatever level you are comfortable. Whether you would like to be a class agent, or serve on a committee, or simply an attendee—we need you! There is a place for everyone, so please contact Katie Stripling for more information.

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In This Issue: 

Volunteer with the 90th Anniversary

Graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Faculty Recognized by Dept. of Public Health

Jan Term Princeton Internship

Program Spotlight: Nurse Anesthesia

Student Spotlight: Wanjiku Mureithi

Students attend Legislative Day

Moffett Nurse Network

Perioperative Nursing Course Revived


February 2012

Graduate Programs Ranked by US News & World Report The graduate programs of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing earned recognition in three categories of U. S. News & World Report’s first Top Online Education Program rankings, released January 10. IVMSON was ranked 31st in Faculty Credentials and Training, 36th in Student Engagement and Accreditation and 56th in Student Services and Technology among the nation’s graduate nursing programs. The Faculty Credentials and Training category includes such factors as a school’s percentage of faculty with a Ph.D. or terminal degree, the percentage with greater than two years of experience, the amount of faculty training required in online teaching best practices and other factors. The Student Engagement and Accreditation Ranking considers a program’s national accreditation, whether students are required to work collaboratively, maximum and average class size and others. The Student Services and Technology category looks at the technology available to a school’s students, student services and whether it has a digitized library. IVMSON’s online nursing programs include all Master of Science in Nursing degree programs except nurse anesthesia, and also includes the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Approximately 350 students from 28 states as far away as Alaska, California, New York and Pennsylvania are enrolled in Samford’s online nursing programs. “We are extremely pleased that the quality of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing online graduate degree program has been recognized across a variety of dimensions in the first U.S. News & World Report ranking of online programs,” said Samford nursing Dean Nena F. Sanders. “These rankings reflect the exceptional educational programs that we offer at the graduate level and acknowledge the outstanding faculty who work with these students on a daily basis.” To be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online. The Samford program was one of only three Alabama nursing programs ranked; the others were Troy University and the University of South Alabama. Learn more by watching the video news release.

Faculty Recognized by Alabama Dept. of Public Health Gretchen McDaniel, DSN, RN, CNE and Margie Findlay, PhD, RN, CNE, were recognized for their service to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health, at its Annual Recognition Brunch on December 9, 2011 at the Capital City Club in Montgomery. Dr. McDaniel was recognized as a collaborating partner for her support of the Annual Women’s Health Update, an interdisciplinary continuing education program for health care providers in Alabama. Dr. Findlay, who serves as the Vice Chair of the Office of Women’s Health Steering Committee, received the inaugural Heart of Gold Award established by Jessica Hardy, Director of the Office of Women’s Health, in memory of her mother, Mozzelle Thomas, who truly demonstrated a heart of gold as she cared for her family and neighbors.

Dr. Findlay

For more information about the Office of Women’s Health, visit the website at and on Facebook at Alabama Healthy Women.

Dr. McDaniel

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IVMSON Needs Alumni Volunteers! The highly anticipated 90th Anniversary year is finally upon us! In order for us to plan and execute the variety of events that will take place throughout the year, we need help from our alumni and friends. Please consider volunteering to serve in one of the following ways:  Serve as a Class Agent: Each class needs a representative to serve as a liaison between class members and IVMSON. We will have a series of competitions among classes and opportunities for you to do special things to honor your memories as a nursing student. Class agents are integral to the anniversary’s success, please volunteer today!  Sign up for a planning committee. There is something for everyone with our four committees. Committee chairs will work with committee members to schedule in person or teleconference planning meetings. The committees are:  Family Fun Day: This committee, chaired by IVMSON faculty member and alumna Amy Snow, CRNA, will plan the multitude of family friendly activities that will occur on Saturday, October 13.  Living Legacy Gala: This committee, chaired by IVMSON faculty member and alumna Barbara Money will plan the décor, menu, etc. for the Gala that will take place at The Club on the evening of Saturday, October 13.  Living Legacy Awards: This committee, chaired by Dr. Gretchen McDaniel, will assist in the selection, notification and honoring of the Living Legacy Award recipients.  Cap and Cape Society: This committee will help us plan events focused on graduates for our pre-1973 graduates. This committee will help ensure that the Birmingham Baptist Hospital’s unique traditions and memories are appropriate integrated into the anniversary plans. This committee is still in need of a chairperson.  Nominate outstanding alumni for the Living Legacy Awards. These awards will honor alumni who have made a significant impact on humanity. Please send the nominees name and a brief description of why he/she should be honored and we will follow up with you.  Make plans to join us for the celebration weekend: October 12-13, 2012.

If you are willing to help with the anniversary plans, please contact

Katie Stripling at 205-726-2265 or

Students Participate in Jan-Term Internship at Princeton During Jan Term undergraduate students had the opportunity to participate in an internship at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. The one hour course allowed students to work alongside Registered Nurses as they cared for patients. It is an honor for students to participate in the internship where they gain valuable nursing and organizational skills. Students are eligible to apply for the internship after successfully completing Foundations of Nursing, but students further along in the curriculum may apply as well. On the last day of the internship, after a 12 hour shift, students posed for a picture in the Princeton lobby by Mrs. Moffett’s photo.

Pictured from left to right: Danae Vaughn, Mandy McClelland, Kristen Armstrong, Emily Griesbeck, Andie Mears, Danielle Freeman, Ryan Flemming, Rebecca Warr. Not pictured: Holly Benson and Dr. Geri Beers

**Students make plans to join the inaugural Nursing Career Fair on Wednesday, March 7 from 4 -6 p.m. in the Pete Hanna Center. Come and visit with a variety of potential employers! We hope to see you there!

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Program Spotlight: Nurse Anesthesia The IVMSON Nurse Anesthesia Program admitted the inaugural class of students in 2003, with the first graduating class in 2005. Since 2005, over 145 students have graduated from the program and gone on to successfully practice as CRNAs in more than 20 states across the country. Students in the 28 month full-time program are registered nurses with at least one year of acute care experience. Admission data from the recently admitted class of 2014 reflects the high caliber of individuals admitted to this program: average undergraduate GPA 3.4, average years of ICU experience 3.4 years , and average GRE scores 1098. Graduates have continued the Samford mission of service as they moved into their professional CRNA roles. Many have participated in volunteer medical mission activities in our country and abroad. Graduates of the program consistently serve in leadership positions for both the state and national professional organizations.

Student Spotlight: Wanjiku Mureithi

Highlight: Clinical Preparation

Wanjiku Mureithi, class of 2013, came to Samford’s IVMSON Nurse Anesthesia Program with a unique background. The youngest of five children, Wanjiku was born and raised in Nakuru, Kenya. Her parents were both college educated professionals and highly respected members of the Nakuru community. Her parents always considered education the highest priority for their children and their dream was to come to the United States so that their children could receive the best education possible.

The incredible clinical experiences IVMSON Nurse Anesthesia students obtain, are made up from a wide variety of clinical sites. There are currently 25 clinical sites that include community, rural, urban, and outpatient settings. The students rotate every eight weeks to a different site, gaining skills and insight that can only come through true hands on experience.

After trying for several years, the family finally made the trip to the United States in 1998, when Wanjiku was 14 years old. No one in the family had ever even visited the United States before, and looking back, Wanjiku reflects that it must have been a huge sacrifice for her parents – all with the intent of providing a better opportunity for their children. All of the Mureithi children who came to the United States have now graduated from college. After working in the ICU at Emory University Hospital, Wanjiku found her way to Samford. She had heard about the Samford Nurse Anesthesia Program from a program alumnus, Linda Awiti, CRNA. As a Samford nurse anesthesia student, Wanjiku has appreciated the faculty’s knowledge and passion for anesthesia. Wanjiku plans to return to Kenya after graduation to provide anesthesia services to those most in need. Her hope is that she can always serve as a mentor to young people, helping them understand that possibilities in life are endless.

A graduate from the IVMSON program and Clinical Coordinator for IVMSON students at Trinity Hospital, Chris Campanotta, CRNA, MSN 2006, speaks very highly of the caliber of Samford students and their eagerness to learn. “Almost every Samford student arrives at Trinity prepared, willing to work hard, and with a great attitude. They are professional, diligent, and represent the Samford program very well.” The Simulation Lab has been thoroughly integrated into the Nurse Anesthesia curriculum by Dr. Cahoon. These great learning opportunities, along with the hands on “task trainer” experiences with Dr. Fort, have served to further increase our students’ abilities upon entering the clinical arena. “I have appreciated a noticeable increase in first rotation preparedness. I suspect simulation training to be the source of this confidence and organization,“ says David Sanford, CRNA, MSN, 2006. In addition to being an alumnus, Sanford is also Clinical Coordinator for IVMSON students at St. Vincent’s Hospital. We look forward to more Simulation Lab opportunities to further increase this level of preparedness and experience in critical thinking. Page 4


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Accolades, Honors, and Acknowledgments—Alumni and Students Courtney Nicole Hammaker, BSN 2011, has earned a position on the medical surgical floor at Children's’ Healthcare of Atlanta. Cecelia Holden, DNP 2011, presented: Standing in the Gap: Incorporating Evidence-based Strategies in Addressing Interpersonal Violence through Improved Education and Healthcare at the Tennessee State Nurses Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn.; Strategies to Prepare the Next Generation of Nurses to Respond to Interpersonal Violence at the 19th Annual Scientific Assembly for International Association of Forensic Nurses in Montreal, Quebec Canada; and Compassion: A Bold Move Beyond Empathy at the Compassion 2011 Conference in Bristol, Tenn. Holden was also selected to attend CCNE's Site Evaluator training in Reston, VA, and the QSEN Faculty Academy in Charleston, SC in fall of 2011. David Sanford, CRNA, MSN, 2006, had his article “Management of a Pulmonary Artery Embolectomy and Recurrent Embolus” published in the February 2012 AANA Journal. Kelly Simmons, DNP 2011, has been appointed Associate Academic Dean, Nursing Education at the Christ College of Nursing in Cincinnati, OH.

Students Attend Legislative Day On Wednesday, February 15, students from the undergraduate programs and the nurse anesthesia program attended Legislative Day in Montgomery. Attending this annual event is an important part of IVMSON’s efforts to encourage advocacy for the profession.

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Upcoming Events for Alumni and Friends

Carrollton, Georgia Join us for a painting party!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6 p.m. An instructor will guide attendees through painting Art With Heart Pottery the Healing Angel on a canvas to take home! 110C Adamson Square Join us for this fun time of fellowship with Moffett Nurses! Carrollton, GA 30117 Please RSVP to Katie Stripling at 205-726-2265 or Tremendous thanks to Julie Weber, BSN 2001, for helping us plan such a fabulous event! If you’re interested in hosting a Moffett Nurse Network event in your city, please contact Katie Stripling.

Moffett Nurse Network Visits Houston! On Wednesday, February 8, more than 25 alumni, current students in the graduate program and even a few potential students joined the Moffett Nurse Network for a reception at Lupe Tortilla in Houston, TX. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and we greatly appreciate everyone who attended! Special thanks to Keesha and Eric Tondera, for helping us choose such a fabulous venue!

Also while in Houston, we had the privilege of visiting with alumna Marna Barefield Green, class of 1932 and members of her family. Mrs. Green’s daughter Joy and two granddaughters joined us for our visit. It was a pleasure to listen to Mrs. Green share stories of her time as a nursing student and young nurse. She has fond memories of Mrs. Moffett, her instructors and classmates. Mrs. Green recently celebrated her 101st birthday and we are honored to have had the chance to visit with her. Although she’s no longer practicing, she’s a shining example of what it means to be a Moffett Nurse.

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Advisory Board Welcomes New Members for 2012 The IVMSON Advisory Board welcomed four new members at their quarterly meeting on Friday, February 10. The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Advisory Board provides essential advice, leadership and support for the continuing development of high quality academic programs within the school of nursing. Advisory board members serve as ambassadors and advocates for the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in communities and organizations, seeking ways to extend the influence, reputation and resources of the school. We are incredibly grateful to our members for their service. New members are:

Amy Beard, MSN, RN VP of Women’s Services Brookwood Medical Center

Michael McEachern Financial Advisor Edward Jones

Joy Moore Owner Good Works Creative Group

Jo Snider, EdD, RN Assoc. Professor, Dept. Chair University of Florida

Congregational Health Program and Partners Host Faithfully Fit Health Conference On Saturday, February 4, IVMSON’s Congregational Health Program, partnered with Princeton Baptist Medical Center to host the Faithfully Fit Health Conference in Bessemer, Ala. Through United Way of Central Alabama, 12 Local churches participated in the event with more than 250 people in attendance. The grant funding was aimed to provide tobacco prevention education and educate on the impacts of second hand smoke. Bessemer was one of the communities that the grant wanted to target since more than 30% of residents show they use tobacco. Choirs from the participating churches entertained attendees with music throughout the event. One of the event highlights was the collard green contest. Six churches entered the Collard Green Contest with the winner being Mrs. Willodean Young from Canaan Baptist Church, Bessemer. One attendee stated “Keep presenting this type of programming to help improve our life and living. This was extremely beneficial”. The conference was a culmination of several months of activities that had been conducted with the 12 Pastors and leaders of the participating churches.

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Danielle Wilson Serves Patients in Belize Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing nurse anesthesia students continue to put Samford University’s core values into action. Danielle Wilson, class of 2012, demonstrated “service to God, to one another, and to the community” on her recent volunteer trip to Belize. Funded by the Baptist Foundation, Danielle had the incredible opportunity to serve patients in need while personally benefitting from a unique anesthesia training experience. Mission work is not new to Wilson. Prior to entering the IVMSON Nurse Anesthesia Program, she had volunteered as an RN and Bible school instructor in Brazil, Guatemala, and Jamaica. Wilson heard about opportunities to volunteer as a student nurse anesthetist and immediately sought out this experience. Performing anesthesia in a third world country meant administering anesthesia with minimal resources. Wilson was overwhelmed with what can be done when the emphasis is on “team” with everyone working in the same direction. Over and over again she witnessed the spirit of giving, all to the benefit of safe patient care to those most in need. Danielle says that the experience had a profound impact on her, and that she received much more that what she gave. After graduation, Danielle is hopeful that she can continue to make mission work an integral part of her career as a CRNA.

Faculty and Staff Recognized for Service IVMSON proudly congratulates the following individuals for their many years of outstanding service to Samford University and the School of Nursing. Each individual has made unique contributions to the success and growth of IVMSON during her tenure. The students/ graduates who have been taught and mentored by these individuals and others on faculty have been truly blessed.

Thirty Years:

Mrs. Becky Warr

Twenty Years: Dr. Janet Alexander Dr. Geri Beers Fifteen Years: Mrs. Elaine Marshall Dr. Jane Martin Ten Years:

Dr. Marian Carter Dr. Margie Findlay

Five Years:

Dr. Mary Karlet

Left to Right: Mrs. Becky Warr, Dr. Jane Martin, Dr. Margie Findlay, Mrs. Elaine Marshall, Dr. Janet Alexander

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Perioperative Nursing Course Revived at IVMSON Perioperative Nursing, a long-term elective in the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, was recently revived by Mrs. Lisa Gurley, MSN, RN with the assistance of Dr. Janet Alexander, EdD, RN, CNE and Mrs. Jill Pence, MSN, RN. Eight undergraduate nursing students participated in the course that was updated to included activities and content supporting the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses pre-licensure competencies (QSEN,, and simulation experiences. During three intense weeks, students explored the role of the perioperative nurse through classroom activities, simulation, reflective journaling, and clinical experiences. The students used case studies, professional articles, and websites to explore the current perioperative standards of nursing care, legal responsibilities of the perioperative nurse, and nursing interventions that promote the safety of the surgical client. Students demonstrated their perioperative knowledge and skills through simulation activities developed and facilitated with the assistance of Mrs. Pence and Ms. Hazel Rhodes, RN, Charge Nurse/Surgery/Education/Resource. Ms. Rhodes also provided a surgical scrubbing and gowning practice session in the operating room at Princeton. Partnering with Princeton Baptist Medical Center, students were able to assist with the care of surgical patients during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical phases. Students reported many opportunities to perform nursing skills for the first time, such as urinary catheter insertion, intravenous catheter insertion, and sterile scrub and gowning. Students were able to scrub in and assist during a wide variety of surgical procedures. In addition to the clinical experiences, students attended an AORN district meeting with Ms. Rhodes and Mrs. Jan Howell, BSN, RN, CNOR, OR Manager and AORN District President. As the final course project, students developed and formally presented strategies for patient education and patient safety related to their perioperative experiences. On the last day of the course, breakfast was provided for the perioperative staff. Each student formally expressed gratitude to the staff for the knowledge gained, as well as the time, attention, and compassion received.

Student Feedback: “The knowledge that I have gained in the OR greatly outweighs the surgical information that we have briefly touched on in class. It is one thing to hear about these procedures and equipment, but it is a whole other thing when you get to actually see the cases and use these terrific pieces of equipment. These past two weeks have been the best experiences I have had so far in nursing school…” -Megan Bryant “The Princeton OR experience gave me the opportunity to learn and see the small things that aren't taught in books. The Princeton OR staff was amazing catalyst for bringing together the concepts learned from our nursing books and practical application.” -Ricky Edwards

Acknowledgements Students and faculty involved in the course would like to thank the following people for having the courage to care for the future of patient care and nursing: Ms. Rhodes, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Regina Yarbrough, MSN, MPPM, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, and Michael Drummond, M.D., Chief of Surgery, Princeton Baptist Medical Center/Vascular and Associates, Mrs. Paula Davenport, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, Director of Nursing, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Mrs. Susie Bowden, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator II/ Student Placement Coordinator/Professional Practice Coordinator, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, and the clients and staff members of Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

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Accolades, Honors, and Acknowledgments—Faculty and Staff Eva Hardy, MSN, RN, APN-BC , attended the 3rd Annual Interprofessional Geriatric Education Conference at UAB January 19-20 and presented the poster "Nursing Care of the Older Adult: Creation of a Baccalaureate Nursing Elective." Debra Whisenant, PhD, RN, abstract “Outcomes of Offering Donation After Cardiac Death to Families Who Decline Donation in Brain Death Cases,” has been accepted by the OPTN/UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee for poster presentation at the 2012 Transplant Management Forum in Puerto Rico.

Eva Hardy

Lora Shelton, DNP, RN, CNE and Eva Hardy, MSN, RN, APN-BC, attended the Pri -Med South Conference in Ft. Lauderdale FL. The primary-care focused CME course, Current Clinical Issues In Primary Care, was developed by the distinguished faculty of Harvard Medical School and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and featured 57 lectures covering disease states, emerging research, public health, and policy issues. Janet Alexander, EdD, RN, CNE, Gretchen McDaniel, DSN, RN, CNE & Judie Vinzant, MSN, RN presented their research, Interpersonal Skills of Undergraduate Students: A Longitudinal Study, at the 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education January 5-8, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Alexander also presented a workshop on the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program. The multidisciplinary conference was attended by over 1300 people from 38 countries.

Janet Alexander, Judie Vinzant and Gretchen McDaniel

Head Family Missions Scholarship

IVMSON Goes Red for Heart Health

It is with great appreciation and pride that the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing announces its newest scholarship, the Head Family Missions Scholarship. The scholarship is named for the Head family, Julie, Mary Austin, Jane Harris and the late Thomas R. “Tripp” Head. At the heart of the Head family is a steadfast commitment to missions and service. Prior to Tripp’s cancer diagnosis in 2010, the family had seriously considered becoming missionaries; although they were unable to pursue missions full-time, the family seeks to perpetuate their love for service and missions through an annual and endowed scholarship at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. The fund will continue Tripp’s legacy by exposing students to missions work. The first Head Family Missions Scholarship will be presented at Awards Day on April 27.

On Friday, February 3, IVMSON and other campus organizations partnered to “Go Red for Women.” The American Heart Association’s initiative was created to bring awareness to the importance of heart health in women. Click here for a video highlighting the activities of the day.

If you would like to make a gift to the Head Family Missions Scholarship, please click here and enter the scholarship name in the “other” category. (A permanent link will be added to the list soon).

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In His Words: David Hambright, CRNA David Hambright received his MSN in 2005 from the IVMSON Nurse Anesthesia Program. Prior to entering the program in 2003, Hambright practiced as a critical care RN and later worked in a management role for more than 10 years in the insurance industry. Since graduating from Samford, Hambright has served as a leader in various capacities with the state professional association. He is currently serving as the president of the ALANA. What was it that made you decide to pursue a career in nurse anesthesia? Early in my education, I honestly chose nurse anesthesia as the professional direction for my life for reasons that were not very admirable. After a careful examination of my motives, I decided I would spend my life living by a different standard and decided that nurse anesthesia was not the right direction for me. I began to build a life on the principals that I felt would provide meaning and purpose to life. Many years later, while working in a job that I loved, I was completely surprised when I felt a definite leading in my heart to reevaluate this profession as a career. Having been out of the clinical setting for some years, I knew that it would require God's intervention for this door to open to me. Once I received the acceptance letter from Samford, I knew this was my future and I am very thankful for God's reviving of a dream that I thought was dead and buried. Resurrection is God's fortunate am I! What was it that made you decide to attend Samford University and what would you say sets Samford apart from other schools? Without question, the emphasis on the spiritual life and values taught in the Bible would be the most significant difference for me. I believe the other qualities that make Samford attractive as an educational institution truly are derived from this foundation...The value of the individual, the incorporation of character and integrity into the learning experience, and offering a high-quality education. Do you believe your education at Samford prepared you to succeed in your profession? I feel fortunate to have had the educational opportunity at Samford to prepare for a career in anesthesia. I feel the opportunities afforded me at Samford positioned me for success. What do you think is the most rewarding aspect of your role as a CRNA? The most important aspect of my role as a nurse anesthetist is reaching out to each patient at the time when they often feel most vulnerable. When I interact with the patient I want them to understand that they are not a number or a case, but for that moment they are the most important priority of my day. Nurse anesthetists have enormous responsibility caring for our patients, but with it comes tremendous satisfaction. Since your graduation you have been an outstanding example of service by serving in a number of roles with the state professional association? Do you believe service has rewards and if so then what are they? The aspect of service that motivates me is primarily a sense of responsibility to give back to a profession that has given me so much. I also understand the standard of quality that we enjoy in anesthesia today did not happen by accident. There have been many CRNAs who have made service to our profession their life's work in so many arenas. The small contribution that I have made does not even remotely compare to these gifted individuals. Interview continued on pg. 13. Page 11


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Nurse Anesthesia Students Participate in Days of Service at UCP For the fourth year in a row, each IVMSON Senior Nurse Anesthesia student are participating in two days of service at the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (UCP). They are currently working with Amanda Favret, an Occupational Therapist, as she strives to meet the individual needs of each client. Favret says, “the Occupational Therapy department has been extremely impressed by the caliber, personality, and openness of all the students volunteering at UCP. The most important part of the experience is that the clients ask each week when the next student will be back.” On Thursdays, the Nurse Anesthesia students serve the clients by assisting in areas like art projects, homemaking centers, physical and occupational therapy, lunch tasks, and outside games and activities. On Fridays, the students serve as assistants with a group of clients who go bowling. This is a favorite event each week for the clients at the United Cerebral Palsy center, and IVMSON students are a big help in making it possible for them to participate in this fun outing. Favret added, “Each student has risen to the challenge and displayed great respect for our clients. It is nice to observe the clients and students both learning from and influencing the lives of each other.” The clients LOVE having the social interaction our Samford students provide. “They have the opportunity to interact with others in their community and ‘show’ them EVRYTHING that they can do,” said Favret. The clients of UCP welcome IVMSON students with open arms and hearts. Most students have expressed a new sense of ease in relating to clients with various challenges, and are certain that the great experiences shared at UCP will positively impact the way they care for future patients in the hospital. Several students have told faculty that this experience has inspired them to continue volunteering after graduation. The Nurse Anesthesia program is thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community, and proud of the way the Nurse Anesthesia students so willingly serve others.

IVMSON Recognizes Beverly Hyche’s 26 Years of Service On Monday, January 9, faculty, staff, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate Mrs. Beverly Hyche’s exceptional service and dedication to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Mrs. Hyche has been a constant source of encouragement to students and faculty over the last 29 years. We wish her well in her retirement, but she is greatly missed.

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Alumni Connecting with students through Reformed University Fellowship It is not commonplace for a graduate of the nurse anesthesia program to develop a relationship with a freshman in the pre-nursing curriculum. Typically, their paths would not cross. However, this fall Molly Shaw, CRNA, MSN 2009, began volunteering her time to help the Samford staff of Reformed University Fellowship, better known as RUF. RUF is a campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church of America that is centered on Christ, His character, and His work.

Molly( back row, second from the right) is pictured here with a few of the many Samford students actively involved with RUF

During her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State, Shaw was very involved with RUF and praises God for the eternal impact it had on her life. In her desire to “pay-it-forward” and follow God’s prompting, Shaw sought out the RUF ministry opportunity at just the right time - with the RUF staff somewhat short-handed. She jumped at the chance to help with organizational, behind-the-scenes work as well as participation in the Large Group meetings on Monday nights in Reid Chapel. She also participates in a small group Bible study on Wednesday evenings in an effort to strengthen relationships with and between the girls in the ministry.

Working full time with on-call hours as a nurse anesthetist, Shaw shares her free time through encouraging students to learn more about Christ’s redemptive love and God’s word. Shaw states that she is grateful for the opportunity to serve Samford RUF and to study God's Word and grow in God's grace with Samford students. For more information about the ministry of RUF, visit their website: Shaw and Pennie Nichols, CRNA, MSN 2010, will be traveling to Migori, Kenya, with the Kenya Relief organization during the month of February. They request prayers for those who will be touched by the medical missions’ efforts. The nurse anesthesia program enjoys a reputation built and promoted by our students and professional, service-minded alumni.

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In His Words: David Hambright, CRNA

You are now the president of the ALANA. Has that role always been something you wanted to pursue? I honestly did not consider that I may someday be honored with a leadership role in our Association, until this past year occurred. One of the priorities for me as a CRNA is to serve to the best of my ability, using the strengths that I possess to give back to our profession. I believe that this willingness to make myself available has opened doors for me to serve in ways that I would never have imagined a few years ago. What would you say to students to encourage them to serve in professional associations as you have? The clinical work that CRNAs provide on a daily basis in every setting where surgery is performed is the cornerstone of our profession. One might find it easy to be satisfied with success in this aspect of our work, but I believe that a true professional must assume a responsibility to better one's specialty. Imagine, you could be the one who develops standards for practice that directly impact or improve the quality of anesthesia provided in Alabama. You may be the key to advancing nurse anesthesia so that healthcare dollars are spent more efficiently and our healthcare system is significantly impacted. You should know that if you relinquish these decisions and roles to others, the outcome may not be what is best for your profession or the patients for whom you care. You are our greatest resource, commit yourself to being a professional CRNA! Do you believe Samford played a part in preparing you for your role as president of the ALANA? The education experience that I enjoyed at Samford certainly played a part in my preparation for this moment. I am convinced that Samford does not just educate students, but rather they change lives! What advice would you give a new CRNA student that might help them become a better student and future CRNA? The 'truth' is the best advice to anyone considering nurse anesthesia as a career. The competition for applicants is high, the path is difficult, and there are no short cuts. Those students who are willing to take on the challenge will be rewarded with a career Page 13 that is unlike any other.

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Dates To Remember

March 7: Nursing Career Fair March 13: Moffett Nurse Network, Carrollton March 19-23: Spring Break April 27: Awards Day April 27: Nurse Anesthesia Reunion May 11: Advisory Board Meeting

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