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Hitting Home with JCN

October 23, 2014

Living Will“Every JCN has great articles, but several in this issue touched me deeply,” writes Kathy Schoonover Shoffner in her editorial, JCN Articles Hit Home, from the recent Journal of Christian Nursing. In her job as editor, Kathy chooses and edits all the articles in each JCN, yet several family situations gave two articles very personal meaning for her.

One JCN article pointed to the critical need for Advance Directives Education. “ADs made all the difference in my father’s death,” Kathy recalls after she was called upon to make a difficult DNR decision. “Making an AD is a tremendous gift people can give to themselves and to their families,” Kathy said.

Yet, most adults do not have ADs, even though people are living longer. Despite the growing need for advance care planning, many healthcare providers lack the education needed to provide teaching on advance directives. Learn more in the JCN article where you can earn 2.5 CE contact hours.

The second JCN article that hit home with Kathy was Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Adoption (article free for a limited time) about the need for educational preparation to talk compassionately with those impacted by adoption. Nurses in every area of practice will encounter adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents who relinquished a child.

As an adoptive parent, Kathy has had many awkward moments with nurses who asked about her child’s “real” mother, or insisted on an unobtainable family history. “Knowing how to communicate appropriately is one of the most compassionate gifts you can give us.”

As a daughter, a mother, and a nurse, Kathy found something in JCN that resonated with her heart and nursing practice.

As the JCN editor, she hopes you will, too.

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Read more of Kathy’s editorial, JCN Articles Hit Home, in the Journal of Christian Nursing, October–December 2014. Become a member of NCF and receive every issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Christian Nursing as one of your member benefits. Or, subscribe to JCN.

Curious about Healthcare Missions?

October 6, 2014

MedicalMissions.comYou’re invited to connect with thousands of other people interested in healthcare missions at the Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) on November 6-8, 2014 in Louisville, KY. It’s a unique opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers, attend seminars, ask questions, and interact with a wide range of exhibiting organizations.

Nurses Christian Fellowship is a partnering sponsor for the conference. GMHC is a gathering where Christian nursing students and nurses can discover God’s call on their lives, especially those seeking opportunities around the world to use their gifts, knowledge and skills. Grace Tazelaar, NCF Mission Director, will be hosting an NCF booth at the conference. Stop by and say hello.

This year GMHC will feature special sessions on the outbreak of Ebola that has ravaged the lives of so many in Western Africa. The devastation of Ebola became even more real as several people in the medical missions community were infected and brought back to the United States for care.

Dr. Kent Brantly was one of them. He works with Samaritan’s Purse and SIM in Liberia. Dr. Brantly’s story caught the attention of a nation and the world — no one could understand why men and women would serve people with such a dangerous and fatal disease. Their inspiration to serve others was something deep and eternal.

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber will be sharing their story in a live interview with Dr. David Stevens during one of the plenary sessions at GHMC. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their story in person.

Several breakout sessions will be offered for those seeking to learn more and become more engaged with Ebola around the world. Please visit MedicalMissions.com for more information on 2014 GMHC Breakout Sessions and the other clinically related Ebola sessions.

Please pray that nurses and nursing students will embrace God’s mission to care for the needs of others around the world.

You are Part of Something Bigger

September 25, 2014

World Student Day 2014World Student Day is October 17, 2014.

NCF students and InterVarsity students are part of a global movement reaching the world for Christ. We are members of the International Fellowship of International Students (IFES).

Make plans to pray with others in your NCF group on October 17, 2014. Learn about specific opportunities and challenges facing students around the world. Open your heart and mind for what God is doing on campuses in Nigeria, China, Norway, Brazil, Pakistan or Egypt.

Sign up here for instructions, resources and ways to participate in World Student Day. Find out more about IFES in this video, “You Are Part of Something Bigger.”

Our God is a global God. Our faith is a global faith. Our mission is a global mission. We’re praying to support our brothers and sisters around the world on October 17, 2014. Will you join us?

InterVarsity Derecognized at CSU

September 16, 2014

Please PrayPLEASE PRAY for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship! The California State University (CSU) system has issued a nondiscrimination policy that requires InterVarsity to allow non-Christians to be chapter leaders. Nurses Christian Fellowship is a strategic ministry of InterVarsity and is affected by this decision. Our NCF groups are no longer sanctioned to meet on campus.

While we applaud inclusivity, we believe that faith-based communities like ours can only be led by people who clearly affirm historic Christian doctrine. The policy affects 23 InterVarsity chapters on CSU campuses that are no longer officially recognized student groups.

All InterVarsity chapter leaders are required to affirm InterVarsity’s Doctrinal Basis. A new CSU non-discrimination policy does not allow us to require leaders to be Christian. It is essentially asking our InterVarsity chapters to change the core of our identity, and to change the way we operate in order to be an officially recognized student group.

While we are disappointed, we know God is sovereign. He holds the decisions of Cal State and the future of our chapters in his hands. We believe he hears our laments and our requests for intervention. We believe he desires that every student, faculty, and administrator come to a living faith in Jesus.

“Our campus access challenges give this generation of students an opportunity to reinvent campus ministry,” said Greg Jao, InterVarsity’s National Field Director. “Even as we use new tools and techniques, we remind students that effective ministry is ultimately relational. It’s about students inviting other students to follow Jesus.” (See Greg’s video with more information.)

  • Praise God for our great staff and student leaders who are fired up for Jesus, and not daunted by the world.
  • Please continue to pray for students who are boldly reaching out to their campuses in innovative ways.
  • Pray also that the Lord would raise up financial partners to cover the additional costs associated with ministry on campuses where we are no longer able to reserve free meeting space and promote our chapters in the same way we have in the past.

InterVarsity has 949 chapters on 616 college campuses across the U.S. This includes a ministry to nursing students through Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Thank you for standing with us and praying for InterVarsity chapters in the California State University system. For the press release with more information, click here.

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

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Little Wishes for Little Patients

May 7, 2010

Parade Magazine recently published an inspiring story about two nurses who are “Making Little Wishes Come True” for sick children. Pediatric nurse Laura Ephrat often drove home from her shift wondering what else she could do to make a critically ill young patient happier or more comfortable. Those thoughts prompted her to start a nonprofit organization, Little Wishes, with fellow nurse Joanne Davantes. We celebrate these nurses whose small idea is making a big difference in children’s lives.

We’re curious . . . how has God given you inspiration and creativity to meet your patients’ needs?