Journal of Christian Nursing

34.2 coverThe April/June issue of JCN is now live and features a special report on moral distress and an article for CE credit on pain management and acute compartment syndrome. Find additional resources for educators, demystify nursing theory, integrating faith and nursing, and more.

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Moral distress is huge in healthcare. We encounter moral distress when we believe that an action is right but, because of real or perceived constraints, we either cannot, or do not, take the action. Has this happened to you?

Early on the morning of my surgery, I was hurried to a cold, sterile X-ray suite. I needed one final diagnostic test just before a life-changing mastectomy. I was fearful, unsure of what lay in my future. All I wanted in that moment was a warm and caring connection, a gesture of support. But what happened only deepened my suffering. My technician did not even offer her name or an explanation of the test.

2132017jcnheartWhat is the most tender moment you’ve experienced as a nurse, or a time you sensed God’s loving embrace in a hard situation?

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As nurses, we regularly encounter suffering. We also suffer. Suffering is a part of life, and we all ask, Why?

ID cardIn everyday nursing practice, we need the leading of the still, small voice of God—at the bedside, in the classroom, leading an organization. A simple responsiveness to God in everyday events can create significant moments.

9272016traumaAs nurses, how can we help patients with a painful past? The experience of trauma in people’s lives has a direct impact on their health behaviors, particularly an increased risk of mortality from chronic illness.

9122016waitingMaking homebound visits is an important part of the ministry of the church, especially for older seniors who are vulnerable to isolation and poor quality of life. Yet too often they are neglected and left longing for visitors.

882016fgraceFormer NCF Director Grace Wallace reminds us of the opportunities we have as Christian nurses to address the spiritual needs of patients with professional, compassionate care for the whole person.

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Transforming Moral Distress to Moral Resilience Symposium

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