Archive for the ‘Nursing Students’ Category

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

Taking Risks in Leadership

August 19, 2016

852016flleadersRoshawn and Talysia know that good leadership involves taking risks. They nervously stepped outside their comfort zones this summer as part of their training to lead the NCF chapter at the University of Central Florida.

NCF staff Krista Doan invites all new chapter leaders to participate in six sessions of leadership training. During one session in mid-July, Krista asked Roshawn and Talysia to call their Christian friends from school to share the vision of the NCF group and offer to pray for them.

“As Roshawn and Talysia step into leadership, I want them to know that they cannot do this alone,” Krista said. “This was an opportunity for them to practice community and invite others into the mission of living for Jesus in nursing school.”

Talysia nervously called seven students and two of them answered. She described the vision of the NCF group and prayed for them. Roshawn called eight students and talked with two about the group and prayed for them.

As they continued with the training session, those who missed calls started calling and texting back. Roshawn and Talysia continued to build community throughout the day. They also built their confidence as new leaders of the chapter.

In preparation for the training event, Krista asked her ministry partners to be praying for Talysia and Roshawn as they made their phone calls. Knowing of wide-spread prayer support for them, Roshawn said it gave him courage to take these bold steps of leadership.

“God is moving in the hearts of nursing students on our campus, and I am so excited to be a part of the journey with Roshawn and Talysia,” Krista said. “I have no doubt Jesus will move in big ways at our College of Nursing this upcoming year!”

Learn more about NCF student ministry and how to pray for God’s work on campus and in nursing.

Changed Lives through NCF

June 9, 2016

BrookeI love this time of year when our graduating seniors realize that their nursing dreams are about to become a reality. They also see how God is creating new dreams for how they can serve him by caring for others as nurses.

Brooke is one of our senior chapter leaders for Nurses Christian Fellowship who recently shared her encouraging story with next year’s leaders at the University of Central Florida:

“As I graduate and look back on the past two years, I am so thankful that God gave me the NCF group. We have constantly seen just how amazing and great God is through his works. We saw a classmate come to know Christ, and we raised up future NCF leaders with a heart for God’s mission to spread his gospel.”

Brooke sums up why NCF invests in the spiritual development of nursing students:

“All in all, my experience with NCF has truly been life-changing, and I am so grateful that God called me to be a part of it!”

See why I love my job? I am thankful that God has called me to be on staff with InterVarsity/NCF so I can be a part of how God is transforming students like Brooke. As her staff mentor, I have seen how Brooke has grown and matured in her leadership and discipleship capabilities. Now Brooke begins her nursing practice equipped to follow Jesus with joy and devotion.

Praise God for the new beginnings nursing students experience through life in Christ!

Kristaby Krista Doan
InterVarsity/NCF staff @ UCF

Please join Krista’s ministry team by partnering with her in prayer and financial support so she can invest in the spiritual development of more students like Brooke.

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.