by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief
Blessed Christmas to you! This season leads me to reflect on God’s gift of Jesus. I am grateful for the Word who became flesh to dwell among us (John 1)! Looking back on 2017, I am grateful for how NCF ministry grew. Check out these exciting initiatives:
We sponsored Chapter Planting Grants for InterVarsity staff to start 12 new chapters in nursing schools across the U.S.
We’re creating an online Student Leadership Academy to train nursing students how to lead NCF groups.
We produced Start NCF, a step-by-step chapter planting guide to launch new groups on campus.
Our new monthly National Video Chats are connecting members in Bible reflection, discussion, and prayer.
Eight new ANCC certified CE modules were released through JCN; 61 modules are now available offering a Christian perspective on nursing.
The apostle Paul’s words summarize all God has done, is doing, and will do through NCF:
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
⇒It is our heartfelt desire to serve and encourage you as you follow Jesus in nursing. I pray you experience Christ in profound ways this Christmas season!
NEW MEMBER BENEFITS!
⇒ Membership Website
Our membership website is getting a makeover, and soon it will be easier for you to renew your membership, make payments through PayPal, record your personal information, and stay up-to-date on member benefits. We’re working hard to make less work for you! Stay tuned…
⇒Journal Club Video Chats
Beginning January 2018 attend NCF’s quarterly Journal Club and earn one hour of free continuing education. Mark your calendar to attend Thursday, January 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Central time. Watch your inbox for further announcements.
We’re offering you the gift of time during this busy Christmas season by not hosting a December Video Chat. May the peace and joy of Christ fill you as you reflect on his coming into our broken world!
--Timothy Lin, MA, Student Ministries Director
At the end of every semester, we invite NCF student leaders to share stories of God's work on their campus. I am always amazed at God's goodness and faithfulness! As we close out 2017, let me share a few quotes from NCF chapters:
From Illinois, an NCF chapter that had struggled to gain campus recognition: "By the grace of God, we were able to establish NCF at our campus! He touched the hearts of the Student Senate who voted for our organization to get full recognition in a short amount of time. Our first meeting was a success and we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding us as we studied the Bible passage!"
From Texas: "God has been doing something extraordinary this semester. Last year we struggled to get attendance higher than five. This semester we have been averaging 10-15 students at every meeting and Bible study; almost 50 students at our Alzheimer's Walk; 91 Operation Christmas Child boxes packed, and 20 students at our See You at The Pole prayer event! Our campus is only a little over 100 nursing students total!"
From North Carolina: "We have seen a significant increase in students attending our meetings and much growth in the faith of our leaders. Student leaders are beginning to look outside of school for opportunities to apply their faith and help their neighbor!"
⇒Celebrate as you read these stories! Jesus has come to live among us--and his presence is alive and well in nursing schools today!
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, will host the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference, June 18-21, 2018, cosponsored by IWU, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA. Cost is $450 for registration, materials, and meals; campus housing available for $30 a night.
EARN 5.5 contact hours for $1.00. While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often associated with soldiers returning from the trauma of combat, any traumatic event can place an individual at risk. Nurses can make an impact by identifying patients and advocating for treatment.
⇒The PTSD collection at NursingCenter’s CE Connection is being offered for $1.00 until 12/31/2017 with all proceeds to be donated to the American Red Cross.