Spiritual Formation

Two nursing students share a vision and passion for starting an NCF group and inviting their friends.

Like many nursing students, my academic life was driven by perfectionism—and it affected my spiritual life as well.

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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.

1182016kumed“What’s the spiritual climate of your nursing school?” I asked three nursing students over lunch. Mackenzie, Sean, and Ben responded that there was no place in the nursing school where they could talk about their faith. So together we agreed—let’s start an NCF chapter at KU Med!

4252016marylI am a nursing student at a Catholic-Jesuit university, so spirituality is integrated throughout our nursing curriculum. However, we do not have a space to reflect on how to have spiritual conversations with patients or how to process our clinical experiences from a spiritual perspective.

472016janeMany parents give names to their children that are unique, or “old-fashioned,” or quite common, like my name (Jane) that appeared along with Dick and Spot in my first reading book!  But behind every name is a person who is significant.

2112016hugWhen my daughter was barely able to talk, she’d stretch her arms above her head, look up into our eyes, and say, “Hold you?” We knew she wanted to be held, and we usually complied. In fact, we tried to meet her every cry at that precious, helpless stage of life because we loved her deeply — and still do!

David's PrayerAs Christians, we all know that prayer is important. Sometimes we pray; sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we pray fervently; sometimes we pray half-heartedly. We all need help.

This series on prayer begins with a core question, Why Should We Pray?

PrayIf God is sovereign, immeasurably powerful and controls everything, why should we pray?

If you’ve struggled with this, you’re not alone. Many godly Christians wrestle with prayer and question prayer’s effectiveness in their lives. Where do we turn when we need help?

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