Message from the Dean


Welcome to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing (IVMSON).  Established in 1922, IVMSON celebrates 90 years as a leader in nursing education, practice and service excellence.  The school's history is one of tradition founded on the principles and philosophy of the late Ida V. Moffett.  More than 5,000 nurses have graduated from the school and are practicing not only in Alabama, but also throughout the United States and the world.

The vision and passion that Mrs. Moffett instilled into the School of Nursing is deeply and forever etched in its foundation and its graduates.  Based on Mrs. Moffett's vision, four major pillars serve as the foundation for the IVMSON – academic excellence, compassion, caring, and service.  To continue this legacy, our goal is to build on this foundation and to continue dreaming for the future.  As stated by Mrs. Moffett in 1923, "Before great things are accomplished, someone has to dream a dream."

IVMSON offers tremendous advantages and opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in nursing.  Our academic programs include a variety of degree options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including an option in nurse anesthesia.  Foundational to our academic programs are our outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and comprehensive clinical sites and resources.  Located in the greater Birmingham, Alabama area, our program has access to a remarkable community of health care resources that provide our students and faculty multiple opportunities for collaborative practice and research initiatives.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the IVMSON and to showcase our academic excellence, scholarship, and service dimensions.  I encourage you to explore our website and to contact us for more information about IVMSON.

And the world will be better for it.


Nena F. Sanders, RN, DSN
Ralph W. Beeson Dean and Professor

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