“What does it mean to be a Christian nurse?”
For thirty years, the Journal of Christian Nursing has tackled that question head-on, seeking biblical responses to complex nursing issues and helping nurses integrate faith and practice.
“I am entering my tenth year as editor of JCN, and it is a tremendous privilege,” said Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner. “My predecessors responded to God’s call to fulfill the mission of helping students, nurses and educators practice from a biblically-based, Christian perspective.” Read more of Kathy’s birthday message in “Happy Birthday JCN – To God be the Glory!“
JCN’s second editor, Judy Shelly, remembers that JCN began in the hearts and minds of a small group of Christian nurses. “We believed that the profession desperately needed a Christian nursing journal to provide a forum for issues such as spiritual care, ethics, and the influence of faith on nursing,” Judy remembers. Read more of her guest editorial.
In a reprint of the very first editorial, Ramona Cass laid out a vision for JCN. She wrote, “Let us gather together in faith, bringing our doubts and our fears. Let us come with open minds seeking truth and with open hearts desiring life for ourselves and others.” This has been a guiding beacon for the award-winning periodical since its inception.
Happy 30th birthday, JCN!
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