Posted by William Nunnelley on 2012-01-20

Samford’s University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing will celebrate its 90th birthday this year.  The nursing school opened as Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing Jan. 22, 1922.

            Nursing school Dean Nena F. Sanders will speak at a program kicking off a year-long birthday observance Monday, Jan. 23, at 12 p.m. in the plaza of Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for the Healing arts, the nursing school building.

            Nursing school students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.  The anniversary theme will be “Celebrate the Living Legacy.”

            The nursing school was accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1955, the first in the state to earn such accreditation.  It joined Samford University in 1973 following a merger agreement with Birmingham Baptist Medical Centers.

            With an enrollment of approximately 700 students, the school offers the bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice degrees.  The school’s passing rate on the NCLEX nurse licensure exam is more than 90 percent, which is higher than the national average for nursing schools.

            The school is named for Ida V. Moffett, a legendary nurse who led the program during its early years at Birmingham Baptist Hospital.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.