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4272017relaxNurses have a tough balancing act. In a demanding profession, we struggle to care for ourselves as we care for others. The American Nurses Association recognizes this challenge with this year’s theme for National Nurses Week, “Nursing, The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

4212017nnw17National Nurses Week is around the corner and this year’s theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit,” provides natural opportunities for Christian nurses to invite others to consider God’s view of holistic health.

462017equipIn my last blog, I shared three words that capture the mission and vision of NCF Student Ministries.

34.2 coverThe April/June issue of JCN is now live and features a special report on moral distress and an article for CE credit on pain management and acute compartment syndrome. Find additional resources for educators, demystify nursing theory, integrating faith and nursing, and more.

262017sufferingHuman suffering is a universal problem. As nurses, we see plenty of it. We know there are no easy answers, so how do we address the problem of suffering?

3242017encourageWhen new students join the NCF chapter on their campus, they often ask, “What is NCF?” There are three words that capture the mission and vision of NCF on campus. NCF is a place where students and faculty can be encouraged, equipped, and empowered.

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.

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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.

2132017spiritualcarecardHow do you care for the spiritual needs of your patients? Knowing how to assess a person’s spiritual health and provide spiritual care interventions is part of caring for the whole person.

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