Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner

Kathy has been the editor of Journal of Christian Nursing since March 1, 2004. This was her primary job until 2016 when Kathy became the national director of Nurses Christian Fellowship and her position with JCN changed to editor-in-chief. Kathy is developing a growing team of editors to take on more responsibility for the regular production of JCN.

NCF Vision

Over many years of producing JCN, I am amazed at how God prepared me for this work! I never imagined myself editing a professional nursing journal but, looking back, I see that God used a myriad of experiences to shape me into His editor. I am passionate about nursing and love to write and think critically. My experience as a staff nurse, past and present, gives me an understanding of what it takes to be a real nurse. My experience as a nurse manager, administrator, and leader in professional organizations taught me leadership. My education gave me a love for thinking, a passion for excellence, and taught me 3 critical "R’s" for editing: reading, writing and research.

Of course, God is the Senior Editor, but I get to be his first assistant in the task of creating a journal that helps students, nurses, and nurse educators practice nursing from a biblically-based, Christian perspective.

If you’re not familiar with Journal of Christian Nursing, I encourage you to check it out. You can subscribe or, better yet, join NCF and receive JCN as a member benefit.

Please tell us what you want and need in JCN and how we can equip you in your nursing practice. And, pray for us at JCN in this crucial ministry as we labor together for God's Kingdom.

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I am married with three adult children and live with a menagerie of animals in Wichita, Kansas. Bible study is my lifeline; I participate in a weekly, in-depth study that offers accountability and guidance into the Word of God. I love playing the piano and assisting with worship at my church.


BSN -- University of Texas, Arlington, Texas (1979)

MSN -- Oral Roberts University Anna Vaughn School of Nursing (1982, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care Nursing)

PhD, Nursing -- University of Kansas (1995; minor in Communication Studies with emphasis in Organizational Communication) 

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (since 1980)
  • Kansas State Nurses Association (since 1982)
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship (since 2003)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (since 1994)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses (since 1979)