February 10, 2017

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members


True LoveTrue Love?

This past week I learned that the elderly father of some dear friends had a horrific transfer experience from hospital to skilled nursing. He sat in the lobby of the skilled facility for five hours due to gross errors. After admission, his meds, C-PAP, walker, and other items were not ordered or obtained. If just one nurse had advocated for him, it could have turned out differently. But no one intervened.

In John 13:34, Jesus gave what he called a new command—to love one another. God’s people had been commanded to “love your neighbor as yourself” for centuries (Leviticus 19:18). What was new? It was to love “as I have loved you.” Jesus had spent three years selflessly loving his disciples. He gave this new command the night he stooped to wash their feet and, right after that, his close friend Judas went to betray him. He was going to sacrifice his life the next day to save humankind. That’s way beyond loving others as you love yourself. This is true love.

I want to grasp what it means to love as Jesus loved. If I love like Jesus, what will change about how I lead NCF? How I care about members? If someone had loved like Jesus, would the father of my friends have been left for so long? If Christian nurses love like Jesus, what will happen to patient care? To healthcare?

True love is the evidence that we belong to Jesus.

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief


NCFWhat is NCF?

At the beginning of every semester, new students join the NCF chapter on their campus. They often wonder, “What is NCF?” Recently, NCF Student Ministries developed a three-part answer to this question: NCF is a place where students and faculty can be encouraged, equipped, and empowered. These three words capture the mission and vision of NCF on campus. I want to elaborate on these three missional words here and in the next two issues of Charting the Way.

First, NCF is a place where students and faculty can be encouraged. Stressed-out students need over-all encouragement. But NCF also has the unique mission of encouraging spiritual growth. To accomplish this mission, many NCF chapters make Bible study the centerpiece of their meetings.

But NCF is not your ordinary Bible study. NCF is a community that encourages spiritual growth in the context of nursing school. This is why NCF publishes a variety of Bible studies that look at how our faith impacts nursing. In our newest series Trusting God in Nursing School, we invite students to consider what the Bible says about anxiety, academic competition, and suffering. Ultimately, we want students and faculty to increasingly place their faith and hope in Jesus Christ.

Pray for our 100+ NCF student chapters as they seek to encourage spiritual growth in the context of nursing school!

Tim Lin, Student Ministries Director


IntegrityLatest Gallup Poll About Nurses

In December 2016, the Gallup organization randomly polled Americans about their view of the honesty and ethical standards of 22 professions. For the 15th year straight, nurses topped the poll, with 84% of those surveyed ranking nurses as “high/very high” in honesty and ethical standards.

This statistic gets touted a lot by nursing organizations, journals, and hospitals wanting to applaud nurses. But what does it mean? Why do people think this way about nurses? (Nurses know nurses who are not always honest or have high ethical standards.)

Gallup says the poll is influenced by the media and politics. Clergy have fallen from 61% in 1977 to 44% in 2016, related to scandals and the increasingly nonreligious population. Changes to healthcare funding, including the Affordable Care Act, will most likely influence perceptions about providers because less funding affects care.

Perhaps the key to nurses’ high ranking is our position of serving others in their most vulnerable moments.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave, just as the Son of Man did…” (see Matthew 20:20-28).

PTSDFree PTSD Toolkit App

The PTSD Toolkit App is an e-learning resource for nurses to support the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, providing clinical information combined with interactive simulations. This resource was developed by the American Nurses Foundation and Penn Nursing Science, and made available as a mobile application in partnership with Lippincott Solutions. Based on real case studies, simulations let you practice intervening with a veteran. The new PTSD Toolkit App provides information that can be easily emailed, printed and shared with others, and includes an online assessment game to test users’ PTSD knowledge and application.

The app is free for use on all Apple and Google mobile devices. Download here.


From the HeartFrom the Heart of JCN

As an NCF member, you have free access to all of the JCN Topical Collections online. This month we’re featuring our “From the Heart” collection. These stories of nursing care and compassion communicate the heart of great nursing.

Each short vignette will warm and encourage your heart!

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