Archive for the ‘Nursing Students’ Category

Talking about Spirituality in Nursing School

April 25, 2016

4252016marylI am a nursing student at a Catholic-Jesuit university, so spirituality is integrated throughout our nursing curriculum. However, we do not have a space to reflect on how to have spiritual conversations with patients or how to process our clinical experiences from a spiritual perspective.

This semester, I felt called to initiate a spiritual reflection group for nursing students. Olivia, my InterVarsity staff mentor, helped me prepare and plan. Then I threw the idea out there with an email to my nursing class.

I was anxious to see how God would move people to respond. Two students showed up at the first meeting in February and we connected immediately over great conversations. One of my roommates listened in and I was so glad to share some of my faith with her.

At our second meeting I was amazed to see eight students and two grad students show up, plus I received many emails and questions the following morning about how our meeting went. We had such an amazing time of conversation and community. We talked about spiritual conversations with patients in our clinical assignments. We also discussed the importance of meeting our own spiritual needs, in addition to being there for patients.

Planting Seeds

I was so moved by how I felt the presence of God at the meeting. I was excited to have such open and meaningful conversation with my peers whom I had only known in the classroom setting before the meeting. This is only the beginning of seeds being planted in the lives of nursing students on my campus.

My vision for starting an NCF group began in December at the Urbana Missions Conference. I was unsure of what God had in store for me, but I left challenged and inspired to start something new for God in my school of nursing.

At Urbana, I heard from so many powerful speakers and seminar leaders who really challenged me to courageously share my faith with others and step out of my comfort zone.

I was also excited to learn about Nurses Christian Fellowship for the first time. At Urbana I met amazing NCF leaders who encouraged me with their personal stories. I heard testimonies from other students who had experienced similar feelings and went on to lead nursing students on their campuses.

I reflected on the way I had been living my life and wanted to make a change by reaching out to students who were my friends, but they didn’t know the most important thing about me. I didn’t have the courage to share my faith with them. After attending Urbana, I strongly felt God calling me to start an NCF group on Boston College’s campus.

I am grateful to God for our group of 5-10 nursing students who have started NCF ministry this semester, and I am excited to see what God has in store for us in the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College!

–Mary Ladesic, nursing student

God at Work at SDSU

March 8, 2016

382016sdsuKirsten Sakata was nervous about starting a Bible discussion in her nursing school, but got excited when five people came to the first meeting a few weeks ago. The group discussed “Stress in the Life of a Nursing Student” from the What’s Vital? NCF Bible study series.

“God exceeded my expectations! We laughed, shed tears, and had deep conversations. The Lord met every one of us tonight,” Kirsten said. “I can’t wait to have the next meeting.”

Afterward, one of the girls texted Kirsten: “The study went really well. God was definitely in it.” Kirsten sees this as confirmation that God is moving in the nursing department.

“I see how many of my classmates are yearning for something more than just being “a nurse.” They want something more, and I believe this is a personal relationship with Jesus,” Kirsten said.

“I am thankful for what God is doing—and will be doing—on our campus!”

Urbana15: Miraculous Encounters

January 25, 2016

1222016restroomsUrbana 15 was marked by miraculous, divine encounters where God put us in specific places at precise times so he could act! One such time was the 4th evening during a Communion Service for the 16,000 attendees in the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis. It was a sacred, solemn moment as we were led by ushers to stand row-by-row to be served the bread and wine representing Christ’s body and blood sacrificed for us.

As I waited quietly in prayer, my aging bladder started talking, then screaming at me. I tried to ignore the growing sensation but realized I would need to take action soon. Finally our row stood and received the elements, then I quickly exited to find a bathroom.

To my surprise, as I left the bathroom, a young woman said, “I know you. You’re famous!” She clarified that she’d been in a seminar that I had taught a few days earlier with Jane Hall, NCF National Director. I discovered she was a nursing student, and like many of the students at Urbana, seeking God’s calling on her life. Then suddenly, she began to cry. As her voice broke, she asked if I would talk with her for a moment.

We quickly found a quiet place and she poured out her story. The Bible studies at Urbana had brought into sharp focus the reality of God’s judgment for those who reject him. Her voice trailed off as she said, “I don’t know if I can serve a God who will send some to eternal punishment…”

I shed a few tears with her, and I told her it was a good thing to ask God hard questions. That he welcomes our questions. Then I said I wondered if God was breaking her heart for the lost so she would realize the urgency of reaching out to others, of being his messenger. We then went to scriptures like 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3 and talked about how it is God’s will for all to be saved; that he is patiently waiting, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. We talked about how God is calling us to bring the good news of salvation to the world.

We prayed, cried, hugged, and I promised to stay in contact with her as she continued to seek God’s will for her life. We laughed as we both realized God had spoken to my bladder to create a divine encounter. He had ordained our meeting in the hallway during Communion at Urbana 15.

Why They’re Going to Urbana

October 16, 2015

Urbana ScholarshipsUrbana is not just another mission conference; it’s a mobilization of God-centered, visionary college students for a new generation of world missions.

InterVarsity’s Urbana 15 takes place December 27-31, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. But this is only the beginning for the 16,000 participants who return home more inspired and committed to follow God’s leading and make a difference in the world.

Urbana’s impact cannot be underestimated. Rev. Billy Graham said, “Half of North American missionaries can trace their vocational call at least in part to Urbana.”

For nursing students, their “mission field” starts with nursing school as they and their classmates seek answers to big questions about life, suffering, death and how to offer hope to patients.

On campus, Nurses Christian Fellowship helps them navigate these questions and find a foundation for their lives and nursing practice that is centered in the love and truth of Jesus Christ.

The nursing students who applied for NCF scholarships explain why they want to attend Urbana 15:

  • “I’ve heard that Urbana is the opportunity of a lifetime. I know the speakers will challenge us in our Christian faith. I have really struggled the past few years in my walk with God and I know this conference will push us as well as encourage us.” –Jael S.
  • “I have always wanted to go to Urbana which only happens every three years so I do not want to miss this opportunity!  I have a real heart for missions and feel that Urbana will enhance my love for missions.  I think it will help me get connected with like-minded people as well as organizations to affiliate with in the future.” –Marissa P.
  • “In high school I did a local mission trip. In college, I went on a short-term mission trip to Thailand. I loved serving the people there and want to continue serving God’s people. Now that I’ll be working soon in the nursing field, I want to know how I can be missional, whether that is locally or globally.” –Kirsten S.

Our vision is that Urbana 15 will launch a new generation of nurses committed to loving God and serving others around the world. It begins with students who have a vision and passion for God’s healing among the nations – students like Jael, Kirsten and Marissa.

Want to help make a difference? Do it now through the NCF scholarship fund.

Living Faith on Campus

October 16, 2015

Meeting Times“Be Transformed…Transform Nursing” captures NCF’s vision for campus ministry.  Nursing students have easy on-ramps to NCF ministry through authentic communities, natural spiritual conversations, and opportunities for Bible study and evangelism.

God uses nursing students to make a difference in their school of nursing and beyond. We want them to be equipped to integrate their faith with nursing practice. Our prayer is that nursing students will grow in their relationship with God and have opportunities to invite their classmates into a journey of faith as well.

This semester God answered our prayers! Clarra started a new NCF chapter and prayed to meet students in other cohorts so that the group continues after she graduates.  God led her to both 2nd and 3rd year nursing students to mentor and prepare for leadership.

Other NCF chapters are reporting that nursing students are curious to learn more about Christianity, and they are asking serious questions about faith, life and nursing.

Please join us in praying that these students will respond to God’s great invitation to know more about his abiding love, grace and truth.

Bonnie Hann, RN, BSN, BS-Missionary Nursing
NCF Campus Liaison

God is my life

January 22, 2015

NC StudentsKayla is a nursing student in our NCF chapter at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In a recent discipleship meeting, I asked Kayla, “How do you bring together your relationship with the Lord and your life in nursing school?”

At first Kayla struggled to answer my question. “I don’t think of it that way. God is my life,” she said.

I knew that God had transformed Kayla’s life in big ways over the past year, and I was overjoyed to hear how she responded to my question. Her passion showed through her joyous tears as she explained her relationship with God as a junior in nursing school.

Kayla continued, “God isn’t compartmentalized anymore. My time is His. I used to view my schedule as mine and I believed that I was in control. Now I see my time as His and I organize my life to reflect eternal values. I trust Him to take care of me. Sometimes that even means taking a break from studying to care for my roommate who isn’t a Christian.”

It is because of God that Kayla can have this perspective. She told me later in the conversation that God’s work in her life had brought her heartache for a time, but it was the best thing that could ever happen to her!

I’m praising God that Kayla said “yes” to Jesus’ call. I believe Kayla will do great things for God’s kingdom, both at UNCG as a student and on into her career as a nurse.

-by Miriam Robinson, NCF staff

Top 5 NCF Blog Posts of 2014

January 12, 2015

We’ve collected the highlight reel of the top posts on the NCF Nurses Blog for 2014. They reflect a diversity of stories from NCF nurses, students, faculty, and staff. Yet they all share a common theme: faith in Jesus makes a difference for those who love and serve God.

May God’s Spirit fill you for his glory in 2015!

C. Dameron#1 Christian Nursing 101

What does it mean to be a Christian nurse? How is Christian faith reflected in essential skills for our profession and practice?

 

 #2 Barbara White: a World-Changer

B. WhiteDr. Barbara White, RN, CNS, is a world-changer in healthcare education. She is passionate about how Christian nurses can make a difference in healthcare. “Hospitals are filled with holy moments,” she says.

#3 Take Care!

Take Care

Nurses, as caregivers, are often the last people to take care of themselves. Airline emergency prep procedures instruct passengers to put on their own oxygen mask before assisting others. This is an example to apply to our lives as nurses.

 

#4 Nursing Students See Answered Prayer

NCF Student group

When Meghan and her friends started a new Bible study last fall, they prayed that God would bring more students. God answered their prayers beyond what they imagined!

#5 God is Omnipotent

Power

Nurses know the five rights of medication administration and check that medications don’t lose effectiveness or potency over time. Unlike medications, God never loses his strength, potency, or effectiveness.

 

See more of the top stories from the NCF Nurses Blog, including No Nurses in Heaven, Discovering Real Mission, and From NCF Student to Staff Volunteer.

NCF Badgers Host Christmas Party

December 18, 2014

Bucky cookiesDecorating sugar cookies the week before finals was a fun stress-buster for the NCF chapter at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A cookie cut-out of the school’s mascot, Bucky Badger, invited artistic creativity to busy nursing students at the end of the semester.

The NCF leadership team made the sugar cookies in advance and hosted a Christmas party which included a very entertaining white elephant gift exchange.

“It was a great way to get to know each other better as we decorated the cookies and chatted,” said Bonnie Hann, NCF staff. The “Decorate Bucky” contest proved that our NCF chapter has some very talented artists!”

Christmas partyStudents appreciated a fun event that wasn’t centered around studying or going to the bars, two popular choices on campus at this time of year.

The NCF Christmas party was a culmination of a busy semester for the NCF group. They gathered for a weekly Bible study in the Gospel of John on Wednesday afternoons led by Stephen, the chapter co-president.

Khloe is the other co-president who leads a prayer group on Mondays and organizes many of the social events. Both Stephen and Khloe have really reached out to the juniors in the group to get them more involved in the group to provide continuity for next year.

“We’ve seen a lot positive changes and growth in the group this year,” Bonnie reports. “The UW campus has a brand new School of Nursing so it’s a fruitful season for the chapter. Nursing students are open to God’s work in their lives.”

Just ask Bucky Badger.

_______________________________

Read more stories about NCF student ministry or visit the NCF website for nursing student resources.

Witnessing What God is Doing

September 4, 2014

Jane HallI am so privileged to witness what God is doing among nurses and nursing students through NCF ministry! God is providing growing opportunities to develop strong disciples who will care for others with the compassion of Christ.

Will you partner with NCF by giving to the NCF Growth Fund? Your prayers and financial support are critical for our investment in young leaders in nursing.

We know that so much can happen in a school year. Last year, students and faculty in 93 NCF campus chapters found answers to their questions and balm for their souls as they explored God’s Word together. Nurses met around the country to make Jesus known in nursing. God did this — and so much more!

And now we are looking ahead and asking what will God do this year?

We aren’t sure, but we are full of faith and anticipation for how our powerful God will work through NCF this coming year, as he has done faithfully for the past 66 years.

Students and nurses who come to NCF find authentic community and hope for their journey. They explore answers to their questions about suffering, death, faith, and how they all fit together. Most of all, they find that a deeper relationship with Jesus makes all the difference in how they live out their calling in God’s great Kingdom.

As we enter into a new season of ministry, will you pray that our great God will provide staff who can build communities of students and faculty to participate in God’s global mission?

And please consider a donation to the NCF Growth Fund to advance God’s work of transformation in nursing. Thank you for your partnership!

–by Jane Hall, NCF Director

Pray for NCF – here are some specific ways.

A New Season for Renee Lick

August 28, 2014

ReneePlease join our NCF staff team in saying thank you to Renee Lick, NCF Student Ministries Director. God has called Renee to leave her position with NCF at the end of August. She will continue ministering to students and faculty through another position with InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty ministry in Chicago. We are very grateful for Renee’s rich contributions to NCF over the past ten years.

Renee served four years on campus at University of Illinois-Chicago where she equipped students to lead the NCF chapter and prepared them to follow Jesus in nursing. Some of these graduates are now serving God in graduate school, as Advanced Practice Nurses, among Native American communities in Alaska, and in hospitals and clinics all across the country. Renee enjoyed teaching these students about holistic care and how to care for the spiritual needs of their patients.

For the past six years, Renee has served as NCF Student Ministries Director. Renee has enriched NCF with a vision to grow witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus in schools of nursing. She has enabled staff, students, and faculty to see great opportunities for NCF ministry on campus.

Renee’s vision is to see students following Jesus with their whole lives, including in their lives as nurses. She partnered with our InterVarsity colleagues to reach more nursing students on campus and recruited new campus staff and volunteers. We thank God that the number of nursing students involved in ministry on campus has increased by 13% over the past 5 years.

Renee has engaged with students and faculty on many campuses through retreats, seminars and the Urbana Student Mission Conferences. Renee co-led student mission trips (Global Projects) to Kenya and Uganda. She also co-led a transcultural immersion experience for nurses following the NCF International conference in Nigeria.

We know that God will use Renee’s gifts and talents to further his Kingdom work! Please pray for Renee in the transitions ahead and for her marriage to Trevor in October.

–Jane Hall, NCF Director


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 259 other followers