Published Jun 16, 2009
Anyone heard anything about Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama? I know their program is fairly new but wondering if anyone out there has heard good/bad/in-different?
fairly new??? here's a brief history of the program:
when the birmingham baptist association acquired the birmingham infirmary in 1922, twelve nursing students were enrolled in the nurses training school. staff doctors and the superintendent of nurses taught classes while patient care was given under direction of graduate supervisors. this marked the beginning of the ida v. moffett school of nursing as we know it today.
ten to twelve new students joined the student body when ensley infirmary closed in 1926. the nursing program increased in enrollment and reputation for excellence during the 1930's. students spent three months in new orleans to pursue studies in pediatrics at charity hospital. later this experience was enlarged to include one month in the study of communicable diseases. in 1961, the pediatric clinical experience moved to children's hospital in birmingham. in 1941, mrs. ida vines moffett, a supervisor of birmingham baptist hospitals, highland avenue facility, and a graduate of the birmingham baptist hospitals school of nursing program, was selected to head the nursing program. she moved to west end baptist hospital and served as director of nursing service and the nursing program until 1969.
during the years of world war ii she led birmingham baptist hospitals school of nursing to become one of those approved for the united states cadet nursing corps. in 1945, the school moved from west end to highland avenue and 22nd street. changes in curriculum, laboratory requirements, and academic pursuits took place throughout the years, and in 1950 the school joined with the university of alabama in birmingham to provide academic credits in social and biological sciences.
from its beginning, under strong leadership, the school met approval of the state board of nurses' examiners and, in 1948, accreditation by the national league for nursing education. in june 1955, birmingham baptist hospitals school of nursing became the first school in the state to receive national accreditation by the national league for nursing.
after 46 years of service, birmingham baptist hospitals school of nursing became the ida v. moffett school of nursing, named for its visionary and dedicated leader of many years. then, in the early 1970's, a joint venture with baptist medical centers, formerly birmingham baptist hospitals, and samford university came under consideration and became a reality in 1973. the unified effort in nursing education continues to the present, and the ida v. moffett school of nursing at samford university, in a unique agreement with baptist health system, serves as a model for education and service locally and nationally.
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with that said, they are expensive and exclusive. yes, more than either uab or alabama-tuscaloosa. i have yet to actually meet a graduate of the nursing program at samford - i have lived in birmingham since 1978 and they are locally known more for their pharmacy school. here is a link to their main nursing school page: http://www.samford.edu/nursing/
hope some of that is useful to you. the campus is located in homewood, al - a beautiful little community with a high standard of living and low crime rate - gorgeous campus.
a new program? seriously? is there a new program in the nursing department maybe? the nursing program started in 1922.....
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Anyone gotten interview letters yet?
AbeFrohman, BSN, RN
Still waiting for mine. I believe they should go out this week. Everyone got there's on the 10th/11th this time last year.
I'm waiting also
Thanks Abe. I thought a program that starts in January would move a little faster on the admission process! Anyone who gets their letter, please let us know. Good luck to all.
Duke interview letters won't come until the end of the month!
I talked with the sec. last week and she said letters should go out next Tuesday. Invites will be for the top 50, and the class size is 23.
Sounds good to me!
I'm tired of waiting.
Did anyone get a letter today? Mine didn't come.
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