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The Pulse Message from the Dean: The Golden Thread “Caring is the shining thread of gold that holds together the tapestry of life." Mrs. Ida V. Moffett With Homecoming just around the corner, I can’t help but reflect on the rich history of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing (IVMSON). Each day I am reminded of how blessed I am to serve at a school with such a profound sense of tradition and a diverse group of students and alumni. Since its inception in 1922, regardless of its name or location, IVMSON has consistently prepared graduates to enter nursing practice with confidence and exemplary clinical and leadership skills. Mrs. Moffett’s vision continues to be the foundation of our programs as we focus on academic excellence, compassion, caring and service. It is no secret that “Moffett Nurses” are a special group of individuals who uphold the highest standards of patient care. Regardless of graduation year, being a Moffett Nurse means something, and our faculty work diligently to instill Mrs. Moffett’s philosophies in our graduates year after year. This issue of The Pulse highlights our privilege of having such a diverse group of students, alumni and friends involved with our school. Over the past month we have celebrated record enrollments, the 100th birthday of an alumna, the accomplishments of 25 nurses with the “courage to care,” the reunion of the class of 1954 and much more. As you will see, we are constantly working to bridge our past and our future—together we are making great strides in nursing education and patient care. Whether you are an alumnus, student, parent or friend of the school, I hope that you will seriously consider joining us for Homecoming on Saturday, November 6th. The details of our events are included in this newsletter. You are an important part of both our history and our future and we would be grateful if you would join us as we celebrate 88 years of nursing education. Nena F. Sanders, DSN, RN Ralph W. Beeson Dean and Professor

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In This Issue: 

Homecoming 2010

Nursing Drives Record Enrollment

Class of 1954 Reunion

Courage to Care Gala

Students Participate in Disaster Drill

Simulation Center Opens


October 2010

Join Us for Homecoming 2010—RSVP Today! Bring your family and come celebrate 88 years of IVMSON tradition! Saturday, November 6, 2010

IVMSON Annual Alumni and Friends Homecoming BBQ 12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m. Center for Healing Arts Plaza $5/person, payable at the door Please RSVP by Oct. 29th to Katie Stripling at or 205-726-2265

Individual Class Reunions BBH Class of 1960 10 a.m. in CHA 106 For details, contact Josephine “Josy” Blount Lowe at IVMSON BSN Classes of 1999 and 2000 10 a.m. in CHA 111 For details, contact Julie Dorsch Weber at There’s still time to plan a reunion for your class! Contact Katie Stripling at 205-726-2265 or for details.

Nursing Drives Samford to Record Enrollment For the second consecutive year Samford University is experiencing record enrollment. Total enrollment is 4,715, up from fall 2009’s record of 4,658. There are several factors contributing to the increase, one of which being an 89% increase in nursing school graduate enrollment over fall 2009. According to Dean Sanders, the explosive growth in graduate enrollment is directly related to two programs, including IVMSON’s three-year-old doctor of nursing practice degree program. IVMSON has received nearly $1 million in grants to provide scholarships for students obtaining advanced degrees, particularly to teach, which has increased enrollment. “There is a national shortage of nursing faculty and a growing need for additional nursing faculty for the future,” said Dean Sanders. “Today’s nursing faculty is aging and retiring and we have been able to expand our nurse educator option to help meet the faculty needs for the future.”

Did you know IVMSON enrollment has increased by nearly 160% over the last 10 years?

“The significant increase also relates to the future need for nurse practitioners. With the anticipated new health care reforms, there will be an increased need for primary care providers. Nurse practitioners will be called upon to fill that need.” IVMSON graduate programs attract individuals from across the country and include students from 26 states.

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October 2010

ACCOLADES, HONORS, AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS—ALUMNI Lori Lioce, DNP 2010, earned a position with Huntsville Hospital in the Emergency Medicine department as a Family Nurse Practitioner and also a full-time position as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at UAH. Lori Lioce, DNP

Lori Lioce, DNP 2010, was re-elected as the Vice-Chair of the American Nurses Association, Board of Trustees, Political Action Committee for 2010-2012.

Sharron Schlosser, Susan Stillwell, Gretchen McDaniel and Arlene Hayne

Mary Nunnally, BSN 2008, received her CCRN Certification in September. This certification is awarded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Susan Stillwell, DNP 2009, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education. Fellows are chosen based on their sustained and significant contributions to the field of nursing education.

Alumna Celebrates 100th Birthday! Marna Barefield Green, class of 1932, celebrated her 100th birthday on September 23. Raised in Alabama, Mrs. Green now lives in Houston, TX. She has two children, three granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. Green’s life has been dedicated to taking care of her family, neighbors and others; she’s always looking for something to do for someone else. Her Christmas cookies and wonderful parties in her home are legendary and she spent years making receiving blankets for Ben Taub Hospital’s charity patients. She loves to dress up and often wins prizes for her creative Halloween costumes and decorative hats. Mrs. Green celebrated her 100th year at a party surrounded by friends and family; one of her favorite pianists entertained guests before dinner.

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October 2010

ACCOLADES, HONORS, AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS—FACULTY AND STAFF Eva Hardy presented her poster "Shoulder Arthroscopy and SLAP Lesions" at the ASNA Convention in Mobile. The poster was connected to an article based on the same content that was published in May of 2009 in OR Nurse.

Dr. Jill Cunningham and Dr. Margie Findlay presented their poster “Samford University’s Mobile Health Project” during the Sixth Annual Mobile Health Clinics Forum.

Amy Snow and her family completed the adoption of their little girl, Juana Grace, in September—a full month and a half a head of schedule! Dr. Jennifer Coleman presented "Evidence-Based Practice: Making the case - Setting the stage" to the Nurses Research Council at Children's Hospital. The focus was integrating evidence-based practice into bedside nursing care .


SUANS NEWS The Samford University Association of Nursing Students (SUANS) would like to thank everyone who supported their t-shirt sale. Shirts are now available for pick-up in Beverly Hyche’s office in the Center for Healing Arts.

Fifty-six years after graduating from the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, alumnae from the 1954 class gathered for their annual reunion. This year’s event was held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 9th.

Be on the lookout for the next shirt sale in the coming months. Details will be e-mailed and posted on our social media sites soon.

Over lunch the ladies reminisced about their experiences in Massilon, Ohio for psychiatric nursing and New Orleans’ Charity Hospital for pediatrics.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The next SUANS meeting will be Friday, November 5th. UAB will be presenting.

No matter how much things change over the years, the closeness of this group has remained in tact.

Look for information about the Give Kids the World Page 4 trip in the next issue of The Pulse.


October 2010

IVMSON Students Participate in Disaster Drill Twenty-eight IVMSON students participated in a disaster drill simulating the effects of an F-3 tornado at the Riverchase Galleria on Sunday, September 19. Students, who were all seniors, posed as “victims” of the disaster and even wore makeup to imitate blood and other injuries. Emergency personnel from 22 agencies across Jefferson and North Shelby counties participated in the drill that highlighted some of the possible effects a tornado strike could have on the area. It also tested interagency cooperation that would be needed if a city in the area experienced large scale damage. In addition to helping improve the safety of the community, students who generously volunteered their time learned valuable lessons from the drill. “The students were all very excited to be a part of this important drill and approached it with the seriousness of a clinical day,” said Cindy Berry, DNP, assistant professor in IVMSON. “Not only did they learn about what happens in a community when a disaster occurs, they learned the role of emergency medical services (EMS) and other first responders. They experienced firsthand how blessed we are to live in a place with so many resources and dedicated public servants.” Perhaps the most significant lesson learned had less to do with responding to physical needs, and more to do with emotional response. “By far the most important thing they learned is how a patient or family feels when a loved one is injured or missing in an emergency,” added Berry. Students can now empathize with patients and their families who have experienced such disasters and know the importance of responding with caring and compassion. Berry and John Lundeen, MSN, instructor IVMSON, served as evaluators for the process by accessing things such as appropriate triage of patients, the ability of rescue personnel to recognize the severity of patient injuries, timeliness of response and other strengths and weaknesses. Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate the drill and will focus on how they were treated by responders.

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October 2010

IVMSON Honors Alumni for the “Courage to Care” 2010 Recipients Susie Bowden Cynthia Briner Carolyn Chalkley Paula Davenport Mary Ann Davis Karen Faircloth Gerald Forshee* Bridget Gilley Kerry Gossett Delphene Hobby-Noland IVMSON honored 25 alumni for their “courage to care” during its annual Courage to Care Awards Gala on Friday, September 17 in the Pete Hanna Center. Recipients, all either Birmingham Baptist Hospital or IVMSON graduates, were nominated by their peers for the honor because they adhere to the Moffett Maxims for excellence in nursing practice and patient care delivery.

Suzanne Holland Jessica Johnson Marcia Lowe Wanda Marquardt

More than 250 guests gathered to raise funds for scholarships and honor the recipients. Samford’s Campus Dining catered a delicious fall menu. Following the program, guests served themselves from the event’s signature “dessert bar” that included a variety of colorful fruit tarts, fanciful cupcakes, assorted layer cakes and other sweet treats.

Francis McCurdy

IVMSON appreciates the support of generous sponsors who helped make the evening possible. Patron sponsors included Princeton Baptist Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Health System. Benefactor sponsors were Brookwood Medical Center, Judge and Mrs. Robert G. Faircloth, Paula and Kerry Gossett, Jo and Robert Kicker, Gretchen and Randall McDaniel, Money Family Trust, Mrs. Doris J. Myers and Trinity Medical Center.

Sylvia Rayfield

The Gala Committee would like to express its sincerest appreciation to everyone who helped make this event possible.

Doris Myers Laurie O’Dell

Sharron Schlosser Doris Strother Joy Whatley Johnny Whitfield Lynn Woo

Gala Committee: Barbara Money, Chair Janet Alexander Jennifer Coleman Gretchen McDaniel Suzanne Scharf

Regina Yarbrough Jackie Davis Susan Sheffield

Beverly Hyche Katie Stripling

Nan Zeanah *not pictured Page 6


October 2010


Dessert Bar

Fruit tarts—a crowd favorite

John Lundeen, Judi Vinzant, Erin Killingsworth, Vicki Rochester, Cindy Berry, Marian Carter, Jennifer Coleman, Gretchen McDaniel

Barbara Money and Dean Nena F. Sanders

Susan Sheffield, Arlene Hayne, Sharron Schlosser, Gretchen McDaniel and Margie Findlay

IVMSON Diplomats

Visit IVMSON on Facebook for more photos!

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October 2010

IVMSON Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs Join us For Open House! On Friday, October 22nd, IVMSON will open the doors of its newly renovated human simulation center to alumni, friends and community leaders. We hope that you will stop in to see the revolutionary technology that is transforming the IVMSON student learning experience. The center maximizes space and functionality to accommodate a greater number of students and increase exposure to the technology. The center includes the following patient care areas:  Operating Room  Adult Medical Surgical Room  Pediatric Room  Labor, Delivery and Post Partum Room  Newborn Nursery Area  Observation Room  Control Rooms Simulators offer students invaluable clinical experience as they allow faculty to recreate common health-care situations and provide students the opportunity to respond accordingly. The simulators:  Differ in function and purpose  React to nursing interventions just as a typical patient would, demonstrating the effects of different drugs and treatment methods  Serve as a component of all undergraduate clinical courses  Serve as an integral aspect of the anesthesia curriculum to bridge the didactic-clinical gap and afford students the practice of both technical and non-technical skills in a safe setting without patient risk  Prepare students to enter the clinical environment upon graduation with confidence in their skills The simulation center began operation in fall 2010, but funding is still needed to maintain the facilities and technology. Gifts to the center help support the ongoing efforts to improve this unique learning environment. If you are interested in supporting the center or have questions about Open House, please contact Katie Stripling at 205-726-2265 or

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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

Important Dates

Alumna Beatrice Tangle Dolihite featured in Warrior Care

October 22: Simulation Center Open House 3-6 p.m. November 5: IVMSON Advisory Board Meeting November 5: SUANS Meeting November 6: Homecoming Alumni BBQ, 12:00 p.m., CHA Plaza November 24-26: Thanksgiving holidays December 18: Commencement

Click here to watch Warrior Care—Maj. Beatrice Dolihite,


Visit the new Advancement website at nursing.aspx all who participated in providing information for this newsletter.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR Katie Stripling 205-726-2265

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The Pulse October 2010  

Your inside look at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing--October Edition

The Pulse October 2010  

Your inside look at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing--October Edition