Life & Work

Vocational discipleship

Phone CallWhen I was a new nurse working in a hospital, I was shocked at the negativity that some of the nurses had towards their patients and their profession.

The Healing Work of JesusNatalie Kwok pursued the field of occupational therapy because one thing was abundantly clear to her: this is the work of Jesus. Many nurses pursued nursing as a career for a similar reason.

Listening“I heard a commotion and found one of my patients screaming, banging doors, and hitting walls,” recalls Kathy Schoonover Shoffner, PhD, RN, during a recent shift.

Invest in the future of healthcareHealthcare is changing. Today’s nursing graduates are facing a challenging future in nursing. But one thing never changes: our eternal and compassionate God! He is the source of hope, identity, peace, and ultimate health and wholeness – our true shalom. This is our message as Christian nurses. It’s good news!

April-June 2014 JCNHow 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?”

Some nursing students would rather ask patients about their bowel movements than about their spiritual needs.

Journal of Christian NursingWe 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).

Dr. Barbara WhiteDr. Barbara White, RN, CNS, is a world-changer in healthcare education. Since nursing school, she’s had ambitious dreams of teaching nursing as ministry, and even becoming a dean. Yet her life journey has included periods of questioning God’s call and how to fulfill her vision for God’s work.

Grounded in LoveWhat sets apart some healthcare providers from others?

Pat Farrell, RN, MSN, contemplated this question during a recent hospital stay as different nurses came into her room to care for her. She noticed that one nurse, in particular, helped her feel grounded by providing an atmosphere of security, trust and rest.

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