To celebrate Nurses Week and this year’s theme of Ethics in Nursing, NursingCenter.com invited Kathy Schoonover Shoffner, editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing, to write a blog post on the ethics of informed consent. Here is an abridged version.
How do we bring God into the anxieties of our lives? “Nurses are always caring for others, sometimes to the exclusion of caring for ourselves,” writes Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner in her new JCN editorial, “How Are You Doing?”
“Give me your hand,” the surgeon said to student nurse Peggy Heppner during cardiovascular surgery. As she anxiously held the patient’s heart in her palm, she felt the unforgettable power of that one beating muscle in a person’s life.
We live in a perilous world where people are sick and depressed, the elderly are abused, and the mentally ill are ignored. Yet God’s people are called to “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).