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Journal of Christian Nursing Wins 4 Awards

May 5, 2017


Good news just arrived for JCN! For the third year in a row, Journal of Christian Nursing made a very impressive showing in the annual awards competition for the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASPHE).

“I am most excited that our editorial content won an award for Best Feature Article for the second year in a row!” said Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, JCN Editor-in-Chief and NCF Director.

“God brings good ideas in manuscripts and gives us the wisdom to edit and prepare articles to present solid biblical, clinical, and professional content.”

“Furthermore, we have an amazing graphic designer at Lippincott,” Kathy adds. “Our designer says she loves working with us because we give her great ideas and then let her be creative.”

JCN won four awards – three for design and one for content:

  • Gold Award in the Best Opening Page/Spread: Photo Category
    When Sorrow Never Stops: Chronic Sorrow After the Death of a Child (January/March 2016)
  • Silver Award in the Best Cover: Illustration Category
    Teen Depression and Suicide: A Silent Crisis (April/June 2016)
  • Bronze Award in the Best Feature Article Category
    Teen Depression and Suicide: A Silent Crisis (April/June 2016)
  • Bronze Award in the Best Cover: Photo Category
    Trauma-Informed Care: Helping Patients with a Painful Past (October/December 2016)

In announcing the awards, Kathy received this word of praise from Julie Rempfer, Associate Publisher at Wolters Kluwer: “These awards are a testament to your creative and editorial genius as well as all the hard work that goes into the journal.”

Congratulations also flowed from InterVarsity coworkers who highly value the ministry partnership of NCF among nurses, students and nurse educators. “These awards represent public affirmation of the excellence of NCF and its commitment to the healthcare profession and to culture-making for the kingdom of God,” said Jason Thomas, Chief Campus Ministry Officer for InterVarsity.

We strive to honor God in all we do,” said Kathy, “and these awards are an affirmation among our peers in healthcare publishing. We are tremendously honored by this recognition.”

Become a member of NCF and regularly receive Journal of Christian Nursing as one of your member benefits, or subscribe to JCN. Take advantage of the May Membership Special and join NCF at a discounted rate using Promo Code nnw2017. Offer expires May 31, 2017.


Join NCF with 25% Discount

May 1, 2017

4memspecialNational Nurses Week starts May 6, but you can celebrate your special role as a Christian nurse all year long! Become an annual member of Nurses Christian Fellowship in May and get a 25% discount on membership fees. As an NCF member, you’ll receive the Journal of Christian Nursing throughout the year, along with other benefits.

When you join NCF, you’ll be part of a large network of Christian nurses who are devoted to serving God in healthcare. Member fees are modest compared to other professional organizations.

Take advantage of the MAY Membership Discount and join NCF with a special 25% discount offer during May 1-31, 2017. At checkout, use discount code nnw2017. Current members are also encouraged to renew at a discounted rate.

Member benefits include the Journal of Christian Nursing which offers a vital blend of clinical excellence with a Christian perspective on healthcare. Members also receive significant discounts on CE credits through JCN and

NCF membership demonstrates a commitment to both your faith and your profession. Find out more about NCF membership and be a part of our mission to engage nursing students and nurses with the healing love of Jesus.

The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit

April 21, 2017

4212017nnw17National Nurses Week is around the corner and this year’s theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit,” provides natural opportunities for Christian nurses to invite others to consider God’s view of holistic health.

Here are some tips and resources for you to take advantage of this special week and encourage nurse friends and colleagues in their faith and nursing practice.

Nurses Week Bible Discussion

We’ve created a special Bible study on this year’s theme to download and use for a group study or personal devotional. Invite your nurse friends and coworkers to explore how Jesus defined health in body, mind and spirit. We offer this Scriptural meditation for your reflection on what it means to love God, love others, and love yourself.

NCF Resources

See all the special resources, prayer guides, and promotional materials for ideas on how to maximize Nurses Week and reach out to others.


Some NCF nurse groups are hosting gatherings in their area. Check out these NCF events and pray that people will be drawn to the living God and healthier lives through these special gatherings.

Your Thoughts on the Theme?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you find balance in mind, body and spirit. This is a significant topic that is an ongoing challenge for many of us, and you can email NCF with your comments or insights on this important topic in nursing.

Thank you, ANA, for choosing a theme that is dear to the heart of God!

NCF Resolutions

January 23, 2017

newyearThe new year offers a time for reflection and reaffirming our purpose. God used NCF in 2016 to bring nurses and nursing students closer to him, just as he has been doing since the 1940s. Here are some ministry highlights from 2016 and expectations for 2017.

In the 2016 Fall semester, Tim Lin began as our Student Ministries Director, providing excellent leadership and a vision for how to grow our NCF student groups in quantity and quality. Over 100 student groups met on campuses to study God’s Word; 4 new groups started and several groups reactivated. We joyfully report that 14 students placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the first time!

There are 24 NCF Nurse groups that meet regularly around the nation, and we received one or two queries a week from nurses wanting to start nurse fellowship groups in their community. Our global partnerships also are significant. NCF-USA has been meeting with the NCF International Caribbean and North America Region (NCFI CANA) to plan a regional conference in July 2018.

As we resolve to continue God’s work in 2017, here are my resolutions for NCF this year. Please pray:

  • For God to bring many more nursing students to faith in Jesus this semester. I am praying for double the number who came to Jesus in Fall 2016.
  • For the Holy Spirit to increase the number of student groups and empower faculty advisors, student leaders, and InterVarsity Campus Ministers who make NCF groups happen.
  • That more nurse fellowship groups will begin as the Holy Spirit leads and He will provide everything needed for nurses to meet around God’s Word.
  • That God will increase the number of new NCF members and that current members will renew their annual membership in the NCF professional organization.
  • For God to provide financially, bless NCF donors, and meet the budget needs of this ministry.

Thank you for praying that the Holy Spirit will lead NCF, every day and in every detail, as we work to grow student ministry on campus and professional ministry to our members and to nursing.

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN
NCF National Director
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Christian Nursing

NCF Membership Christmas Special

November 14, 2016


Save 30% on NCF membership with a special Christmas offer for nurses! JOIN NCF at 30% off the regular price in all membership categories from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Add NCF as a professional nursing membership on your résumé. As a member of NCF, you’ll receive the Journal of Christian Nursing, as well as continuing education and publisher discounts. Your membership also demonstrates your support for ministry to nurses and nursing students. Learn more about the benefits of NCF membership.

Here are four ways you can take advantage of this Christmas special:

  • Join NCF and strengthen your faith and your nursing practice.
  • If you are already a member, renew your membership now and extend your membership by one year.
  • Give the gift of membership to a colleague, supervisor, nursing student, or nurse friend.
  • Pass on this membership special to other nurses and invite them to join NCF and take advantage of the Christmas discount offer.

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Now is the time to join NCF and become a part of a large network of Christian nurses who are devoted to serving God in healthcare.

Climate Change in Nursing School

November 8, 2016

1182016kumed“What’s the spiritual climate of your nursing school?” I asked three nursing students over lunch. Mackenzie, Sean, and Ben responded that there was no place in the nursing school where they could talk about their faith. So together we agreed—let’s start an NCF chapter at KU Med!

These are my favorite conversations: fanning into flames the dreams that God has already given to nursing students and faculty. I love hearing how God has given them a vision to bring Christ into their nursing school and change its spiritual climate.

In my new role as NCF Student Ministries Director, our staff team is developing additional resources and training opportunities to equip and encourage our student leaders to intentionally follow Jesus on their campus and invite others into their NCF community.

One exciting innovation this fall is that we are offering webinars for all student leaders and faculty advisors. I am partnering with Bonnie Hann, NCF Campus Liaison, for virtual training on Leading Effective Bible Studies (11/14/16) and on Spiritual Care (12/5/16) to understand and assess spiritual needs and appropriate interventions. Bonnie and I love the face-to-face interaction with these eager student leaders.

logo220x220We’re also excited about offering student leaders the Discipleship Cycle Framework, a simple tool to help NCF chapters consistently apply God’s Word in their lives.

The Discipleship Cycle is incorporated into a new series of NCF Bible studies, Trusting God in Nursing School. Specific Scripture passages will help students deal with the stress and anxiety that come with a rigorous academic program and clinical demands. They will grow in Christ and have opportunities to share what they’re learning with others in their nursing school.

The end of the semester is approaching but we are rejoicing in how God is actively seeking and saving students in nursing programs across the country.

Timothy Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director

Introducing the New NCF Director

July 18, 2016


Meet the new director of Nurses Christian Fellowship!

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN, didn’t plan on being a nurse until she worked in a hospital as a high school senior and was captivated by the life-giving power of the nurse-patient relationship.

“After I witnessed the intimacy of caring for people, I knew nursing was for me!” Kathy said. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing at UT Arlington and started caring for cancer patients. “I quickly realized the critical need to care for people spiritually, to be with them in their suffering, to help them reach out to God.”

Within a year of completing her BSN, God called Kathy to further education at Oral Roberts University. “The master’s program at ORU was outstanding. I learned whole person caring—body, mind, and spirit. I discovered theory and research. I heard Jesus’ call to excellence. I also was introduced to Nurses Christian Fellowship and NCF Bible studies. I discovered Jesus was the model nurse.”

After graduation, Kathy worked as a clinical nurse specialist and successfully led a cardiac rehabilitation department during the huge insurance changes of the 1980s.

Five years after completing her MSN, Kathy felt the tug to expand her research expertise and earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Kansas. Kathy recalls, “The commute from Wichita to Kansas City was grueling, but I loved the deep critical thinking and learning how to build knowledge to provide better care for patients.”

As a doctoral student, Kathy was asked to serve at a national NCF conference as a Bible study leader and prayer minister. This connected Kathy with NCF nationally. Through the 1990s she volunteered with the NCF Central Plains leadership council where she assisted with continuing education conferences and supported NCF faculty advisors at nursing schools in the region. Through NCF, Kathy also began experiencing life-changing Bible study—and never stopped.

In 2002, Judy Shelly, then editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing, asked Kathy, “Have you ever considered being a journal editor?” Kathy remembers her response. “No, but God whispered to me from Numbers 13-14 to move forward and take the promised land; He would be with me.” She started helping with JCN and became editor in March 2004.

In 2005, Kathy helped NCF partner with publishing giant Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins to publish JCN. This was a miraculous work of God that widened NCF’s influence. We now publish JCN in print, online, mobile, and iPad formats, and our biblically-based continuing education for nurses is online with one of the world’s largest CE providers.”

When Paul Tokunaga, Vice-President for InterVarsity’s Strategic Ministries, approached Kathy to consider becoming NCF director, God whispered again through Numbers 13-14. Even though his people may feel like grasshoppers, “If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land… and will give it to us” (Numbers 14:8).

Kathy says, “For NCF, that land is the college campus where there are nursing programs for almost 800 bachelor’s degrees and over 1200 associate degrees. That land is InterVarsity where we can help move the vision forward to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. That land is the over 3 million nurses in the U.S. who need Jesus. NCF is about bringing the Good News of Jesus to nursing, and helping students, educators, and nurses practice from a biblically-based Christian perspective.”

On July 1, 2016 Kathy became the national director of NCF and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

“I am excited about what God will do with and through NCF in the coming years,” Kathy said, “I don’t know all that will be needed to lead NCF, but I serve the One who holds all power and wealth and wisdom and strength. God will lead NCF.”

NCF Changed My Life

July 12, 2016

7122016patNurses Christian Fellowship has been an integral part of my life since nursing school when I was introduced to Jesus Christ and began to understand my need for a personal relationship with him.

That was nearly 45 years ago and my relationship to Jesus Christ has grown and flourished, largely due to the training and mentoring I received from NCF staff in the formative years of my walk with Christ.

I am grateful that evangelism and discipleship have always been two of the primary purposes of NCF and InterVarsity. I believe NCF has a dynamic role to play in our profession as we help nurses and nursing students know Jesus Christ personally and equip them to grow in their faith.

I am so pleased that Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner is the new director for NCF. She is the right person for such a time as this in NCF, and God will use Kathy to further his Kingdom-building work among nurses, students and educators.

Pat Emery Hixon, MSN, RN
NCF National Director, 2007-2009

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New Beginnings

June 9, 2016

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner and Jane HallNCF and I are beginning a new way forward. On June 30 I complete my tenure as NCF Director and turn over the leadership of NCF to Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner.

As I end this season of my career as a nurse, educator and ministry leader, my heart fills with joy to think of the nursing students who are beginning their careers and trusting God for opportunities to give whole-person care with the compassion of Christ. Throughout their careers, they can take advantage of NCF membership and resources to continue Jesus’ transformational work in themselves and in nursing.

I love hearing from NCF staff like Krista Doan who saw one of her students noticeably changed by Jesus this year. Rachel’s love for Christ and commitment to Bible study and discipleship overflowed to others in the NCF chapter at the University of Central Florida.

Krista shared:

“In January, Rachel returned from the Urbana Missions Conference transformed by God’s Word through manuscript study in Matthew. Over the semester, Rachel led us in studying these same passages, and our small group deepened in community as we experienced Jesus through Matthew’s gospel. Everyone experienced transformation, and now we have new leaders for next year who will carry on the NCF legacy of the graduating seniors.”

I’m very thankful for Krista and other staff who help students and nurses to love God and his Word so that others will know him. God uses NCF to transform our views of nursing and our service to him.

NCF has been a gift to me. I have had countless opportunities to remind nurses that God uses us as instruments of his healing. We can be a “sweet aroma”, a fragrance of his care to those who are wounded, broken, and hurting. Nurses can carry encouragement, relief, and the message of Jesus’ healing love and grace to all.

Please continue to help NCF invest in more students and nurses who need gifted staff like Krista to point them to Jesus and to teach them how to give compassionate spiritual care from a Christian, biblical perspective.

Your special support before June 30 is crucial as we end our fiscal year and begin a new season of NCF ministry. Give a gift today to support NCF staff so that next year’s student leaders and nurses will experience God’s life-changing presence in their lives.

Thank you for giving me the privilege of leading NCF, and thank God for his faithfulness to us. I look forward to how I can continue to serve NCF in a volunteer role.

Jane Hall, MS, RN
Director, Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA

Finding Life at Urbana 15

January 22, 2016


“What story will you tell with your life?” This invitation to tell God’s story deeply challenged 16,000 participants at Urbana 15–including hundreds of nursing students–who gathered in St. Louis for InterVarsity’s student missions conference.

“At Urbana 15, we challenged this generation to tell Jesus’ story with their lives, and to learn from stories that are different than theirs,” said Urbana director Tom Lin. “I pray that this generation will give their whole hearts to Jesus and surrender their lives for God’s global mission.”

Catch the excitement of Urbana in these brief summary videos: Find Your Life and What Story Will You Tell?

During December 27-31, thousands of Urbana participants worshiped God together through music and drama, studied the Gospel of Matthew, prayed for persecuted Christians, and engaged with hundreds of mission-focused seminars and mission agencies.

NCF staff connected with more than 200 people at the NCF exhibit about serving God in nursing. Nursing students got excited to start Bible studies for their friends to learn more about Jesus.  They also discovered the Journal of Christian Nursing and other NCF resources that offer a Christian healthcare perspective to influence their nursing practice.

“My first Urbana conference was in 1990 and this was the best yet,” said Bonnie Hann, NCF Campus Liaison. “I loved talking with nurses and nursing students who were passionate about loving God and serving others with their lives. Some even expressed interest in NCF staff positions.”

Overall, students at Urbana made serious commitments to follow Jesus Christ:

  • 681 students made a decision to follow Jesus in faith at #urbana15
  • 5,418 students committed to taking the book of Matthew back to campus and sharing with friends
  • 9,254 students committed to praying for the global church
  • 5,058 students committed to short-term missions
  • $1,000,000+ raised for our global missions partners

See all the Urbana 15 videos at Be inspired by speaker David Platt’s call to prioritize love for Jesus over service to Jesus. Listen to the audios for healthcare seminars, particularly the seminar on Whole Person Care by Jane Hall and Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner.

“We are praising God for the many significant conversations at Urbana, especially with nursing students who are clearly gifted in leadership,” said Jane Hall, NCF Director. “Please join us in praying for students to take active steps to fulfill the commitments made at Urbana 15—it’s only the beginning of following Jesus for a lifetime.”