Now retired, Dr. Harriet Coeling has been a valuable part of NCF ministry since her years as a nursing student. In 2007, Harriet served as the NCF interim director. She has a wealth of leadership and nursing expertise from decades of teaching nursing at collegiate and graduate levels. Harriet provides leadership for the NCF group in the Cleveland area and consults with InterVarsity staff colleagues and NCF faculty advisors to grow NCF student ministry in NE Ohio.
I was apprehensive as I started attending a university where, I had been told, many faculty and students would not respect the Christian faithBy God's grace, a neighbor encouraged me to look up the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group on the campus. I did so, attended IV meetings and heard Christian college professors speaking about growing in Christ. Soon I met other nursing students who introduced me to books published by Nurses Christian Fellowship, and they invited me to join a nursing Bible Study. This gave me a vision of how I could grow in the Lord as I was growing professionally. Today, as a retired nursing faculty member, I seek to encourage other Christian nursing faculty as they advise and guide nursing students in experiencing God's forgiveness, growing in His love, and sharing His love with students and faculty in a respectful manner. I also strive to support these faculty members as they, themselves, grow spiritually and share God's love with fellow faculty members.
My vision is that nursing students will meet together and grow in the Lord through Christ-centered literature, Bible studies, JCN articles, mentoring by Christian faculty, and times of personal and group prayer. My goals are to help students grow spiritually and experience God's love for them, to give them a desire to share the joy and peace God gives them with others, and to invite classmates to attend NCF activities so they, too, can experience God's saving love and share this good news with others.
My husband and I are enjoying retirement in Cleveland, Ohio. We like to garden, walk, attend lectures, and travel internationally, seeing the majesty of our Heavenly Father's creation. We also serve on the Care Team at our church, and volunteer with a Christian relief organization, assessing continuing needs of those who have experienced natural disasters. We enjoy visiting our two daughters and their families, one in Columbus, Ohio and one in Augusta, GA. As a former editor of the American Nurses Association (ANA) journal, OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, I continue to assist with editing OJIN articles.