What does it mean to be a Christian nurse? How is Christian faith reflected in essential skills for our profession and practice?
"Bringing the person and teachings of Jesus to healthcare is challenging," says JCN author Carrie Dameron. "Seeking truth through Jesus will always be an essential first step for the Christian nurse." She outlines additional fundamental characteristics in her article, "What is the Essence of Christian Nursing?", from the Journal of Christian Nursing, Oct. – Dec. 2010:
Carrie emphasizes that Christian nurses recognize:
- the importance of prayer.
- the intricate connection of the body, mind, and spirit.
- the hope of eternal life.
- that fundamental nursing skills are transformed by Jesus.
- that professional standards, ethics and values take on a new light in Christ.
"We are all on our own journey of faith," says Carrie in the new JCN column, Christian Nursing 101. "This is a place to build faith and become better practitioners in applying Christ's work to nursing."
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