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The Pulse Celebrate 90 Years of Nursing Excellence

Save the Date! October 12 12--13, 2012

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing 90th Anniversary Alumni and Friends Weekend

In This Issue: 

Nurse Executive Panel

Holiday Open House

Cap and Cape Society* inaugural celebration Family fun day and barbeque 90th Anniversary Gala Reception for former Birmingham Baptist and Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty and staff Individual class reunions, and much, much more!

Nurse Anesthesia participates in ALANA meeting

Program Spotlight: FNP

*The Cap and Cape Society consists of alumni from the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.

In His Words: Brandon Brock

Give School of Nursing Holiday Cards


In Her Words: Blake Ellenburg

Students attend AAMN Conference

Alacare awards Parish Nursing Scholarships

Please make plans to join us as we honor our rich history of nursing excellence!

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We need volunteers to assist in the planning!

Ways to help:  Sign up for the events committee  Sign up to be a class representative (we need one per class year)  Nominate outstanding alumni for recognition (see pg. 10) If you would like to serve on a 90th Anniversary committee,

please contact Katie Stripling at 205-726-2265 or

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November 2011

Senior Management Students Gain Critical Insight By: Molly Hamilton, Senior Nursing Student On October 26, Senior Nursing students gained expert advice and tips during a question-and-answer session with a Chief Nurse Officer/Executive Panel of professionals. With graduation around the corner, Senior Management teachers Susan Sheffield, MSN, RN and Barbara Money, MSN, RN provided students the opportunity to gain insight into what professionals look for when hiring new graduates. The panel of experts included Carol J. Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, CNOR, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Chief Nurse Executive at St. Vincent's East; Greg Eagerton, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Chris Moore, MSN, MBA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services at St. Vincent’s Birmingham, and Joy Whatley, DSN,RN, Associate Dean and Professor, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. All panelists are alumni of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. The panel shared many interviewing tips and professional expectations of students applying for employment. Dressing in business attire, being on time, and “doing your homework” in regards to the mission, values, and standards of the facility were tips the panel mentioned were important for students to remember. Dr. Whatley reviewed resume development, as the panel clarified application expectations. The panel also spoke to students about the interviewing process and what types of questions they should prepare to answer. According to the panel, behavioral nursing questions are the most commonly used questions during the interview process. These types of questions require specific examples from students past nursing, work, or school experience. A few examples of these questions include: “Describe a time when you had to handle a difficult and demanding patient,” “Tell me about a challenging problem you faced, and how did you deal with it,” and “What changes have you contributed to establish practices to improve patient care?” However, just as it is important for students to prepare for the interview questions asked, the panel also spoke on the importance to prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Some questions to ask a potential employer include specifics about the work environment, the specific nursing opportunity, and about the management and administration of the facility. A few examples mentioned by the panel include: “What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?” “Can you explain the scheduling/ orientation process?” “What are major challenges facing this unit?” “What sort of support does this job receive?” “What is the policy regarding continuing education and professional development? “ “How do you describe the management style here?” and “What input do nurses have regarding systems, equipment and patient care protocol?” The panel mentioned that just as hospitals want to make sure their new hire is a good fit for their facility, the student must ensure the facility is a good fit for them, as well. Overall, the professional panel of Chief Nursing Officers/Executives gave students great tips and advice for interviewing and pursuing a job. And with less than a month until gradation, this opportunity came at the perfect time.

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IVMSON E-NEWSLETTER Join us for our Holiday Open House!

November 2011 Nurse Anesthesia Students Attend ALANA Meeting Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing nurse anesthesia students attended the Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ALANA) Fall Meeting held in late October at the Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Saturday morning featured the Funderburg Lectureship sponsored by the Samford University Nurse Anesthesia Program and its distinguished alumni. This year’s Funderburg lecturer was Mark D. Welliver, DNP, CRNA. Dr. Welliver is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Texas Christian University School of Nurse Anesthesia, in Fort Worth. On Sunday morning, David Fort, DNP, CRNA lectured on oxygen delivery during anesthesia and the predictability of related clinical practice. The ALANA officers and Board of Directors were installed on Saturday afternoon. Many Samford alumni serve professionally: David Hambright, President; Heather Rankin, Past President; Heather Fields, Vice President/ Secretary; Jen Overton, Treasurer; Cyndi Bass, Blair Perkins, Kyle Vanderford, Senior Directors; Patrick Hubbard, Brian Koonce, Directors; and Pennie Nichols, Nominating Committee Chair. Justin Carroll, class of 2012, serves as the Samford student representative to the board. The nurse anesthesia students attending the meeting benefitted from the pharmacology and clinically applicable lectures as well as the demonstration of excellent service to the nurse anesthesia profession.

Kim Hurst, John Morris, Mark Welliver, Funderburg lecturer, and Kerry Gossett

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November 2011

Program Spotlight: Family Nurse Practitioner The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has experienced transformational growth in recent years. The number of graduates increased from seven in May 2010 to 64 in May 2011. There are currently 160 students from 26 states enrolled in the program. Course work is typically completed online in five to six semesters with three scheduled visits to campus. Students must attend a mandatory on campus orientation at the beginning of their first semester. Students then return to campus for onsite physical validations and clinical orientation. The final visit is for course completion and graduation. The School of Nursing maintains active contracts with approximately 500 clinical agencies. During the 2010-2011 academic year, face to face visits were completed for 90% of the students enrolled in the program, including visits to sites in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, California, Florida and New York. In order to be admitted to the program, applicants must:

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Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (RN-MSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program Achieve an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale Participate in an on-campus or web-cam interview Have completed one undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of C (2.00) or better Have completed one undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of B (3.00) or better Receive a minimum score of 402 on the Millers Analogy Test (MAT); or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 450 verbal, 520 qualitative, and 4.0 analytical writing.

Faculty in the program are frequently recognized for their overwhelming commitment to the success of their students. Graduates from the program are reporting tremendous professional accomplishments. Pass rates for graduates on national certification exams are in the upper ninetieth percentile and alumni are now practicing in a variety of roles throughout the country. Some of their stories are included in this issue of The Pulse. Earlier this year a scholarship was established in honor of LeeAnna Grace Cunningham, daughter of program chair, Jill Cunningham, DNP, FNP-BC. The scholarship was created to support the academic endeavors of exceptional students in the FNP Program and is the only School of Nursing scholarship designated specifically for FNP students. Although LeeAnna Grace will likely never be a nurse, her legacy will be a part of the Ida V. Moffett Interested in supporting the Family Nurse Practitioner School of Nursing for years to come.

Program through a gift to the LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship? Click here to give online, or contact Katie Stripling.

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November 2011

In His Words: Joel Brandon Brock, MSN, RN, NP-C, DC Becoming a nurse practitioner has been a great journey filled with a lot of joy. I can honestly say that I do not regret anything both looking back as a student and looking forward as a provider as it pertains to the decisions that I made about choosing this field. I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to further my education and I feel even more blessed that I had the opportunity to do this at Samford. From the first day of orientation to the last day at graduation, the faculty has been supportive, easy to get to know and very approachable. Even beyond graduation, I have maintained relationships with the faculty that I cherish. The thing that I loved the most about Samford is that the institution and faculty embraced my previous occupation of being a chiropractor and gave me the tools to grow and become a more well-rounded and effective clinician. I was confident when taking my boards and passed without having to struggle because I was well prepared and had a good education. Beyond boards, when it was time to work and see patients, I felt competent. Since graduating I have started to work in Pediatrics as a nurse practitioner. This job is exciting and involves comprehensive pediatric care and well visits along with pediatric cardiology and urgent care. Every day is exciting, interesting, challenging and a learning experience. My time at Samford prepared me for this job, this moment and my future in this specialty. Aside from pediatrics and family health care I have been a neurology professor and neuroscientist for the last ten years. The training that I had as a nurse practitioner significantly increased my abilities both as a clinician in the field of neurology and my ability to lecture more comprehensively on topics related to the neurosciences. There is not a single part of my professional life that has not been enriched and augmented by my decision to study nursing practice. The future is bright for this field. The job market is open and growing. The scope of practice is amazing and there will never be a shortage of things to learn, procedures to perform and patients to impact. Despite the fact that the journey getting to this point was difficult, I will always be thankful for the life that I have as a nurse practitioner. I will forever be thankful to the leaders and instructors that I had at Samford. They Brandon is a class of 2011, graduate of the changed my life and will forever be my friends. Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

SUANS Elects 2012 Officers The Samford University Association of Nursing Students (SUANS) has elected new officers for 2012. Congratulations to all of the students who so humbly serve in these leadership roles. President: Vice President: Secretary/Treasurer: Community Service: Chaplain: Historian: Public Relations:

Irene Cantu Ricky Edwards Katie Rizzo Stephanie Campbell Chris Walker Nicole Walker Heather Bhurr

SUANS is a constituent of the Alabama Association of Nursing Students (AANS) and the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). The purpose of SUANS is to aid in the development of personal and professional growth by providing programs which are timely. By becoming more involved in the profession and sharing experiences with others, the student is able to broaden his/her outlook on the profession.

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November 2011

Accolades, Honors, and Acknowledgments—Alumni and Students Debbie Duke, BSN 2000, ASN 1995, and Congregational Health Program Director at IVMSON, presented “Save A Leg, Save A Life Coalition” at the National Convention for Save A Leg, Save A Life, in Orlando, FL, on October 28. Katy Flinn, sophomore BSN student, was awarded a scholarship at the Alabama State Nursing Association Awards Banquet on October 20. Arlene C. Jones, DNP 2011, presented a poster entitled “Integration of Concept Maps into the Clinical Arena to Facilitate Critical Thinking in ADN Students” at the N-OADN 2011 Convention, N-OADN: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in Chicago, IL November 3-6. Bobbie Loveless, DNP 2010, has accepted a new position as Associate Professor at William Carey University.

Jean Jolly McLain, class of 1966, welcomed a new granddaughter, Stella Grace Slatton, on September 18. Yolanda Ryce, senior BSN student, had an article, “Conference Reflections from a Student’s Perspective,” published in the summer issue of NBNA News. Jamey Roberts, CRNA, MSN, 2010, was awarded the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing Emerging Leader Award from the University of West Alabama on October 8. Alana Smith, Nurse Anesthesia class of 2013, was awarded the 2012 Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Scholarship by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Ann McDonald, DNP 2011, presented a poster entitled “Organizational Worksheets: Beyond Using Your Brain” at the N-OADN 2011 Convention in Chicago, IL.

Alana Smith

IVMSON Holiday Cards: The Gift that Gives Back

Message inside: A generous donation has been made in your honor to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with abundant blessings.

Message inside: A generous donation has been made in your honor to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University. May peace, joy, hope and love be yours during this Christmas season and throughout the new year.

This Christmas season, give a gift that will leave a legacy and provide students the opportunity to attend IVMSON. Instead of buying the same old gifts for friends, coworkers and business associates, give a gift in the “spirit of the season,” a gift that gives back. IVMSON’s special holiday cards let others know that in celebration of the season, you have made a generous donation in their name to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Proceeds will benefit nursing student scholarships. Purchasing is easy! Contact Katie Stripling with the number of cards you’d like to purchase and your design preference. Then mail or go online to make a tax deductible donation of at least $5 per card. Your cards will be mailed to you, or you may arrange to pick them up at the school. Contact Katie at 205-726-2265 or for details. Page 6


November 2011

Students Learn Practical Applications for Statistics On October 17, Debra Whisenant, PhD, MSPH, MSN, RN, and her NURS 232 Biostatistics students took a break from the classroom to play outdoor games. Games included Frisbee toss, blindfold ball pick up, back ball relay and tennis toss. Students participating in the games collected data for their semester project. Classmates also assessed each other's blood pressure before and after games. Data gathered from the games was analyzed using the statistical approaches taught in the course. Analyzing data created by their groups provided a level of understanding and meaning of statistics that arbitrary data could not provide. As stated by one student, "this activity makes it all come together and I can really use what I have learned—it makes sense to me now.” Students learned the value and benefit of understanding basic statistical approaches and how developing this skill will benefit them in their professions. This is a shining example of how Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty continue to utilize innovative strategies to ensure that students gain a practical understanding of course material.

Changing Direction: A Success Story After 18 years of practice as a chiropractor in Texas, Eric Tondera felt God calling him to change direction. After completing his BSN, he found himself looking for a graduate program that could meet his expectations. Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was just the place. The faculty and staff were sensitive to God at work in Tondera’s life, and they chose to go above and beyond to join that work. The Christian perspective was in tune with his world-view and the academic expectations and curriculum were exceptional. The distance learning structure made the Family Nurse Practitioner Program accessible and the faculty and staff made the experience personal. Tondera considered it a gift-wrapped package straight from the Lord. As a 2011 graduate from the family nurse practitioner program, Tondera is now partnering with two internal medicine doctors in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas. God has blossomed his physical medicine practice into a full service primary care clinic. Tondera believes that Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was pivotal in God’s plan to remake him. For all that, there is tremendous gratitude and joy.

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November 2011

Upcoming Events for Alumni and Friends

February 8, 2012, Houston, TX The Moffett Nurse Network will host a reception in Houston, Wednesday February 8 th. Alumni and students in the area will receive additional details soon. February 2012, West Georgia The Moffett Nurse Network will return to Carrollton in February 2012. Be on the lookout for details for a fun and exciting event where you’ll have the opportunity to paint a canvas of the healing angel! If you’re interested in hosting a Moffett Nurse Network event in your city, please contact Katie Stripling.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Alumni and Friends! Class of 1961 Celebrates 50th Anniversary On Friday, November 4, alumni from the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing class of 1961 gathered for a reunion in the Rotunda Club. More than thirty alumni, spouses and family members participated in the afternoon of food and fellowship. Classmates viewed a slideshow presentation with photos from years past and reminisced on their favorite memories as nursing students. Tremendous thanks to Sherree Jones for planning such a wonderful gathering and to all who attended.

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November 2011

IVMSON Homecoming Barbeque Draws Record Attendance On Saturday, October 29, the Center for Healing Arts was overflowing with alumni and friends. The day started with reunion breakfasts for the classes of 1957, 1960, 1962 and 1968. At noon, more than 175 alumni and friends gathered on the plaza for the annual barbeque lunch. Friends old and new reminisced about their memories of Mrs. Moffett and unforgettable classmates and experiences. Homecoming is always a special time at IVMSON, when our students, alumni and faculty can reconnect with one another and their alma mater. Mark your calendars for 2012, Homecoming weekend will coincide with our 90 th Anniversary activities October 12-13.

Hannah Dawson Sports Championship Ring Nursing student Hannah Dawson was a member of the 2010-11 Women’s Basketball team that made history by winning the program’s first SoCon Title. The Bulldogs played in the first round of the NCAA tournament in March 2011. We are so proud of everyone who was a part of this special team and wish the women’s basketball team much success in the year ahead.

Go Bulldogs! Page 9


November 2011

Nominate Outstanding Alumni for 90th Anniversary Recognition Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing graduates are making a transformational impact around the world. As we prepare to celebrate our 90th Anniversary we would like to honor these outstanding individuals in a variety of ways. Do you know an alumnus who has made a significant impact in the lives of others?

Perhaps and extraordinary missionary, researcher, clinician or educator?

The possibilities are endless, but we need your help identifying these humble individuals. Please contact Katie Stripling with information about these exceptional Moffett Nurses*. The world is better for Ida V. Moffett and Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing Alumni.

*Impact does not have to be in the field of nursing.

In Her Words: From Family to Family, Blake Ellenburg, FNP, RN As I unloaded my car and waved goodbye to my parents that August of 2004, I had no idea my understanding of the term “Family” would be changed forever. I was separated by hundreds of miles from my precious family in Tennessee, so naturally, my “new family” soon became those tangible around me. My parents continued to love, guide and support me throughout my years away, but it was as if the role of family was transferred for a short while. From undergraduate school and my transition into the work world, then back to graduate school at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, friends, faculty and staff stepped in. They were leading, guiding, encouraging, and supporting me as I took the journey towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. From sharing a cup of coffee or a much needed laugh, to offering a shoulder to cry on or lending much needed discernment, I recognized the term “family” was not just a biological make up, but it was rooted much deeper in the sacrificial love and service we give to one another. I was encouraged and continue to be encouraged, but little did I know, the role of family would be transferred back again. In July 2011, I made my permanent move back to Knoxville, TN. After years of school, clinicals, and inevitable change, I left my temporary family of seven years and headed back home. I was finally a Family Nurse Practitioner ready to hit the ground running with all this knowledge fresh on the brain. A couple of months prior to graduation, I made the decision to work at Allergy and Asthma Affiliates upon returning to Knoxville, but this decision didn’t come lightly. This practice was different from any other practice. It was the practice that put food on the table, sent me to school, and sacrificially provided for my family and me. This practice was and is the practice that my father started from the ground up. Not only would I be new to all facets of allergy, asthma, and immunology, but I’d be working under the man I respect the most…no pressure. But it has turned out to be more than I could have ever hoped for. Not everyone gets to work in a family business. Not everyone is cut out to work in a family business, either, but I have recognized maybe it’s just in my blood. At the young age of 12, my father helped his father and mother in the dry cleaning business every day after school. Today, I get to do the same. Most wouldn’t necessarily think working in a family business would include the medical field; I, on the other hand, couldn’t see it any other way. Throughout my childhood, my father guided, supported and counseled me in my decisions. Today, my father does the same thing, but in a different field. I am blessed to spend my days with him picking his brain, asking him questions, seeking his guidance not only from the father he is to me, but from the physician that has been serving, treating, and healing for more than 30 years. His experience is priceless and his guidance is golden. The things I learned from home, I carried to Samford. The things I learned from Samford, I carried home. The things I learned from both, I carry to the family business every day. Although my “family” looked different from each stage of life, I owe it to both my blood born family and my Samford family for helping me to mature in to the Family Nurse Practitioner I am today. From each member, I gained a new perspective, a new way to serve, and a new way to care. Every day, I get to do the one thing I love, be with people, serve people and love on people. Today, I owe it to both my families for helping me get here. Page 10


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Students Attend Men in Nursing Conference Cody Walker, Bryan Wimbish, and Chris Wright presented research posters at the 36th Annual American Assembly for Men in Nursing conference in Lexington, KY, October 19-21. Walker presented, “Raising Awareness of the Need for Statewide Regulation on Adult Day Care Programs” while Wimbish and Wright presented, “The Use of Urojet Lidocaine Gel Upon Insertion of the Foley Catheter in Male Patients”. Assistant Professor, John Lundeen, MSN, RN, CNE, accompanied the students and served as faculty liaison at the conference. Of the abstract submissions, the three men from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing were the only researchers invited to present their work at the conference. The posters received many compliments and Lavoy Bray, chair of the Membership and Chapters committee, commented that he was “very impressed with the poster presentations students provided at the conference.” The students were praised for their professionalism and commitment to nursing. Bray added, “the profession often paints a dismal picture of the future of nursing, but I feel it's quite bright with the quality and professionalism demonstrated by the students from Samford.” The conference was well attended and the students were able to hear from and network with many great male leaders in the nursing profession. All three students will graduate this December. In addition to Wimbish and Wright, the research team for “The Use of Urojet Lidocaine Gel Upon Insertion of the Foley Catheter in Male Patients” included Brooke Eady, Danielle Freeman and Courtney Hammaker. Janet Alexander, EdD, RN, CNE, served as faculty research advisor. Christy Farleigh was also a part of the research team for “Raising Awareness of the Need for Statewide Regulation on Adult Day Care Programs.” Lisa Gurley, MSN, RN, Tracey Dick, MSN, RN, and Dr. Alexander served as research advisors.

Alacare Awards Parish Nursing Scholarships Alacare Home Health and Hospice awarded two scholarships to the upcoming Parish Nurse Preparatory Course hosted by the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. At the annual Alacare Awards Banquet on November 18, Lisa McAuley, BSN 1985, received the Martha Loveland Scholarship and Olivia Balemuka received the Debbie Bice Hann Scholarship. McAuley is an RN at Trinity Medical Center and Balemuka is an RN at UAB. Thanks to the generosity of Alacare, these two outstanding nurses will have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of Parish Nursing. Pictured Right: Olivia Balemuka and Lisa McAuley with Susan Brouillette, Alacare CEO.

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“Caring is the shining thread of gold that holds together the tapestry of life.� Mrs. Ida V. Moffett 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229 Phone: 205-726-2872

Dates To Remember

Dec. 1: IVMSON Holiday Open House and Hanging of the Green Dec. 15: Sigma Theta Tau Inductions Dec. 16: Pinning Ceremony, 10 a.m. Dec. 17: Graduation Dec. 23-Jan 2. University closed for Christmas holidays

Faculty and students work the First Aid Station during the Homecoming game

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NEWSLETTER EDITOR Katie Stripling 205-726-2265 Page 12

The Pulse: November 2011