Life & Work

Vocational discipleship

Nurses care for others with compassion but we often don't take care of ourselves.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Nurses Christian Fellowship and decades of God’s faithfulness.

Just after Mary Berg Barkman graduated from nursing school 45 years ago, she attended her first conference with Nurses Christian Fellowship. It was the first time she received training on caring for the spiritual needs of her patients.

God calls us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8), but what does this look like for marginalized people in health care? Nurses and students gathered in Minnesota to explore how to represent Jesus Christ with a growing heart of compassion for the underserved in their communities.


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

11292016oruRecently, I've been focusing on how to seek and receive God's direction, how to find and stay in that place where I hear his voice. What I want is to understand God's leading and the right actions, words, or decisions for everyday situations. This can feel like instinct or intuition. But as Christians, it can be the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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.

10172016wendyI have been a member of Nurses Christian Fellowship for several years. NCF has greatly blessed my life's calling to be a nurse as well as an educator. It is important for nurses to support and be connected to an organization such as this by joining NCF.

ToxicWorkplace toxicity is a desperately needed topic for nurses to know how to face. Each time I encounter toxicity, I am struck by how much our words matter. What we say—or don’t say—can have deep, lasting impact. But how do we know the right thing to say in noxious situations when our emotions are intense and negative?

7122016patNurses Christian Fellowship has been an integral part of my life since nursing school when I was introduced to Jesus Christ and began to understand my need for a personal relationship with him.

That was nearly 45 years ago and my relationship to Jesus Christ has grown and flourished, largely due to the training and mentoring I received from NCF staff in the formative years of my walk with Christ.