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When Tragedy Strikes

December 20, 2012

Bleeding HeartsThe collective grief of a nation has descended on a small town in Connecticut this week as families and friends mourn the senseless murders of school children and teachers. Our prayers, questions and fears rise up to the Lord of the heavens and our hearts weep for the harsh realities of our painful, broken world.

Making sense of the senseless isn’t possible, so how do we respond when tragedy strikes?

Former NCF director Mary Thompson offered words of healing and hope to the NCF group at the University of Arizona when a gunman shot and killed three professors in the School of Nursing in 2002. Mary said, “A tragic event affects us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes it is helpful to pause, reflect on what is happening to us, and consider ways to receive and provide care. Jesus is present to care for us in whatever we are facing.”

Read more of her wise words in the article, We have witnessed a tragedy, from InterVarsity’s campus website, Mary also supplied a Bible study from John 11:17-44, Jesus meets those who are grieving.

May the God of all comfort give grace to those who mourn today.

We Have Again Witnessed a Tragedy

April 28, 2012

4282012oikosuOnce again we have witnessed a tragedy on a campus. Students, faculty, and administrators of Oikos University in Oakland, CA and their loved ones are experiencing grief and sadness. After a similar tragedy at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, Mary Thompson, former NCF Director, wrote a message and a Bible study to help victims and others cope with this tragedy.  Her message about our responses to crisis events and how Jesus is always with us is timeless. You can find Mary’s message at:

We have witnessed a tragedy

Jesus meets those who are grieving

Please pray for students at Oikos University who returned to classes last week after the April 2 shooting rampage in the nursing school that killed 7 people. Pray that God would bring comfort and healing to all affected by this event.

When nursing practice and moral conviction collide

January 9, 2012

NJ NurseCan nurses be forced to assist with abortions if they have a moral objection to the procedure?

Recently nurses in New Jersey were threatened with losing their jobs if they did not assist with abortions, so they took the issue to the courts.

As a result of a federal court hearing on Thursday, December 22nd, a New Jersey hospital agreed that it will not force nurses to assist with abortion cases in violation of federal and state law.  The hospital agreed not to replace the pro-life nurses or reduce their hours. The nurses affirmed that if a woman suffers a true emergency from an abortion, they will help protect her until other staff, such as the emergency team, arrives moments later.

Read more about the court’s decision and leave your comments below.

Affordable HealthCare Act

March 8, 2011

BabyQ: Should President Obama’s Affordable HealthCare Act of 2010 be repealed by the U.S. Congress?

That’s a hard question to answer. Almost 1500 readers have taken part in an online Quick Poll at and the votes are split 50/50! Half of the respondents say “yes,” repeal the act, and half say “no” – keep this legislation. A search on the internet reveals an equal 50/50 split for and against the Act in discussions, newspaper articles, blogs, etc. Americans obviously are conflicted!

Perhaps a more important question for Christians is, “What is our responsibility for healthcare in 2011?” For example, God emphasized care of the poor repeatedly throughout Scripture (see Exodus 23:11, Leviticus 25:35-37, 1 Samuel 2:7-8, Proverbs 19:17, and Luke 14:12-14 for just a few examples). How might we help the poor who have limited or no access to healthcare? Jesus said the way we care for “the least of these,” including the sick, is how we care for him (Matthew 25).

Another example of our responsibilities as Christian nurses includes, “How are we caring for ourselves?” “Am I taking care of my body?”

Weigh in on this critical issue. Cast your vote at or comment below. Together, let’s prayerfully and wisely talk about what God might be asking us to do as his people.

— by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, JCN Editor

Love Your Heart

February 22, 2011

It’s American Heart Month and we’re celebrating Melissa Moser, our friend and co-worker, who suffered a near-fatal pulmonary embolism at age 22. Now she is speaking out on Fox & Friends on behalf of the 1.2 million people who suffer from heart disease. With one in four women dying of heart disease, Melissa is raising awareness of this #1 killer of men and women.

Melissa is a Human Resource Specialist in our office of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison, WI. The device that saved her life is Abiomed’s heart recovery pump.

Watch Melissa’s interview on Fox News.

Survivors of Suicide Day

November 5, 2010

National Survivors of Suicide DaySuicide leaves deep and lasting wounds among survivors. Join the healing process with others in your community for National Survivors of Suicide Day on November 20, 2010.

We also recommend “Grieving a Suicide” by Al Hsu from IVP.

How has suicide affected your life or the lives of people you know?

IOM Report on the Future of Nursing

October 18, 2010


The Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing was recently released. Read AJN interim editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy’s brief analysis of the report and be encouraged by the findings that are supported by healthcare experts.

Off the Charts blog

IOM Report: The Evidence Shows the Future of Health Care Rests on the Backs of Nurses

October 8, 2010

By Shawn Kennedy,

This past Tuesday, I attended the release of the highly anticipated (at least by nursing) report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the future of nursing. Spearheaded and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the report provides a review of nursing’s role in health care and details what changes need to occur for the future—not just of nursing, but for the future health of the health care system.

While the findings support what nursing has been claiming all along—that nurses have a critical role in health care and the health care system needs nurses to practice to the full extent of their capability—what is especially important about this report is that it is backed by the IOM’s multidisciplinary panel and …

Read the complete article.

IVCF President speaks out

July 8, 2010

Alec HillWhat does the Supreme Court’s verdict mean for campus ministries like NCF and InterVarsity?

“I have concerns about how this decision may impact our 860 chapters and other campus ministries,” said Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity and a former law professor, in an article for Christianity Today. He speaks out about the legal impact, cultural significance and theological reassurance that “God’s purposes will be accomplished whatever obstacles present themselves.” We have confidence that our NCF student groups have a life-giving message of hope and healing in Jesus that will not be smothered.