Spiritual Care

Melissa and BuckyI am a nursing student at the University of Wisconsin. A recent personal tragedy reminded me why I want to be a nurse.

Bleeding HeartsThe collective grief of a nation has descended on a small town in Connecticut this week as families and friends mourn the senseless murders of school children and teachers. Our prayers, questions and fears rise up to the Lord of the heavens and our hearts weep for the harsh realities of our painful, broken world.

Psalm 26:2-3“Reflection is active, purposeful thought applied to an experience to understand the meaning of that experience for the individual. The aim of this purposeful thought is to gain understanding, which then leads to changes in what we do, and new perspectives.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, NLTThese days, DNR (do not resuscitate) often is seen on patients’ records. Ideally, it indicates that the person has weighed the pros and cons of having life extended by “heroic” measures. Sometimes, however, a life goes on longer than would seem humane, even without heroic measures.

NCF student conference"I understand now that nursing is a ministry," commented a nursing student who attended the NCF conference, "What's Vital: Basics in Spiritual Care" on October 22, 2011 in Durham, NC.

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