Skip McDonald

Skip

 Skip McDonald is a Registered Nurse working with NCF in the Southeast. She serves both nursing students through Nurses Christian Fellowship and African American students through Black Campus Ministry.

Skip serves on the campuses of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Georgia Perimeter College-Clarkston, and Spelman College.

Skip received her BSN in nursing at Valdosta State College. She also received her ThB (Bachelors in Theology). 

Skip has published several articles with the Journal of Christian Nursing.  She has also written The Garden of My Heart,  "Christ, My Life: The Great Exchange" (a discipleship curriculum) and the InterVarsity Press book, And She Lived Happily Ever After.

Skip is a Christian who is devoted to bringing honor and glory to Jesus Christ through her life and ministry. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Education

Present Caring For People God's Way
Center for Biblical Counseling
1981 Bachelor in Theology
Carver Bible College
1976 Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Valdosta State College

Professional Experience

Registered Nurse
Devereux Georgia Treatment - August 11, 2003 to present

NCF Staff
Nurses Christian Fellowship - February 1998 to present

  • Enhancing and developing the ministry of Christian student nurses on the Campuses of University of Florida, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, and Samford University.
  • Providing encouragement and resources to nurses in the Southeast. Pioneering a leadership development program in the Southeast, Training Nurse Leaders.
  • Worship leader.

Public Health Nurse
Cobb County Board of Health - 1994 to 1999.

  • Perinatal Case Manager for Medicaid assistance to pregnant women. Assessed psychosocial, medical and physical needs. Assisted in linkage to necessary service for optimum prenatal health and postpartum needs for mother and baby.

Campus Staff Member
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship - 1983 to 1988.

  • Developed strategies for campus impact.
  • Initiated, promoted and participated in fund-raisers.
  • Developed and conducted group seminars (30-75 people) and workshops (10-15 people).
  • Counseled and discipled students.

Registered Nurse
June 1976 to March 1983.

  • Primary tasks involved school nursing, clinical nursing, home health care, ophthalmology, post-partum care, orthopedics, and neurology.

Publications

"Single" Black Church Development 10, no. 3 (July/August/September 1992), 3.

Heart to Heart, A Mentoring Strategy Manual, First Baptist Church of Atlanta, contributing author, 1994.

"Moving Beyond Burnout," Journal of Christian Nursing 13, no. 3 (Summer 1996), 20.

The Life of Luberta Cook McDonald, (1999).

Walking Worthy, a devotional guide, (2000).

"Spiritual Care: How the Christian Community Cared for Mama," Journal of Christian Nursing 17, no. 4 (Fall 2000), 27.

The God of All Comfort: Scripture Meditation and Prayer Guide, (2002).

The Basics, Bible study guide, (2004)

"So, What Is Mentoring?" Journal of Christian Nursing 28, no. 4 (Fall 2004), 21.

And She Lived Happily Ever After: Finding Fulfillment As A Single Woman - Release Date: Spring 2005, InterVarsity Press.

The Garden of My Heart, Guided Spiritual Retreat - Release Date: February 2005, NCF Press.

Skip's Tips

by Skip McDonald, BSN, ThB, RN,
NCF Senior Campus Staff in Georgia

Favor

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands" (Psalm 90:17 NIV).

As you are wrapping up this semester, I pray that God's favor would rest upon you. May He give you the clarity and understanding that you need for tests, papers, etc. May He establish you and enable you to finish strong. Enjoy your time off and come back refreshed and ready to go! God bless you real good!

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Honorable

"We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable" (2 Corinthians 8:21 NLT).

"Honorable" is an important word, meaning that it honors the Lord when your "yes" is "yes" and your "no" is "no." Walking as a person of integrity spills over into every area of your life. Everyone benefits from your honesty and integrity. While in nursing school, learn the value of walking honorably. Then, when you are a nurse, your integrity will follow you into your nursing practice. People will soon discover they can trust you. Your patients will sense that they have an honorable nurse standing in front of them, offering them care. Take the road less traveled and walk honorably before the Lord. You will be glad that you did. God bless you!

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Strength in Weakness

Paul knew oh so well about strength in weakness. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." It doesn't take a change of circumstances to obtain victory; you can know victory in prayer. Paul prayed until he heard from God. Through His grace, God will always give you what you need in nursing school as you trust Him and walk with Him. Grace abounds with those who know the strength of weakness. So, bring every care to Him, pray to Him and trust that He will give you all the wisdom, grace and guidance that you need. God bless you!

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His Strength is Perfect

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you. 7They go from strength to strength. (Psalm 84: 5,7 NIV)

By this time in the semester, you may need a little extra strength. You are probably reminded that your strength doesn't always hold up. I know someone who's strength always does, and He is willing to share it with you. Once we place our strength in God's strength, we can go from strength to strength. Hallelujah! I pray you will know His strength today, right where you need it most! God bless you!

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Get Wisdom

12Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 NIV)

If you need anything while in nursing school, you need wisdom.  Not just any ol' advice, but God's wisdom.  With God's wisdom, He gives the capacity to follow it through. What wisdom do you need from God today? Be honest, open and specific with Him, then listen. Try meditating on Psalm 90:9-12 and see what He has to say! God bless you!

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Please Don't Forget

24Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors. 16I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. (Psalm 119:24,16 NASB)

Believe me when I say the temptation was strong to kick God to the curb when I was in nursing school.  My relationship with Him became that of arrow prayers (prayers when I needed something). This was one of the worst things that I could have done. I learned the hard way that I needed Him right smack in the middle of nursing school and my life. Carve out time alone with God and His word even if it's sometimes only 10 minutes a day. You will be glad that you did. You can start by meditating on the verses above. What is He saying to you through them?  His word will give you guidance and help sustain you. God bless you!

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A Sure Foundation

In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. (Isa. 33:6 NLT)

He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom and knowledge... (Isa. 33:6 NRSV)

A sure foundation yields benefits while in nursing school. Start out strong in your classes. Lay a firm foundation of adequate rest, studying, eating healthy, exercise and praying. I think this combination will strengthen your foundation and foster success in nursing school. God bless you!