Ida V. Moffett


Ida V. Moffett was one of the most beloved and influential Alabamians in health care. As a nurse for 65 years, she was a gifted healer whose touch could change a patient’s health. She spent most of that time at the executive level of the Baptist Hospital system based in Birmingham. There she held three key positions in nursing for 29 years. She was director of nursing at the two units of the Birmingham Baptist Medical Centers and she directed the largest school of nursing in Alabama. A nursing leader in the state and the nation, she was admired for her high ideals and deep values about patient care. Throughout her 65 years as a nurse, she constantly communicated her concern for patients, students, those in the health care professions, and finally for the institutions she helped build. Under her leadership in 1955, the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was the first program in the state of Alabama to be accredited by the National League for Nursing. She also initiated a plan in cooperation with Dean Hixson to provide opportunities for diploma-prepared RNs to complete their baccalaureate degrees in nursing. Well-respected by her nursing colleagues, she was active in the Alabama State Nurses’ Association where she held top offices, and contributed articles to its publications. An inspiration for her students, her nursing staff, and all nurses, she committed her life to providing quality patient care and creating quality standardized nursing education.