November 6, 2017

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members


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


Infusing Hope in NursingI am delighted to announce that registration for the Nurses Christian Fellowship International Caribbean and North American Conference, Infusing Hope in Nursing: A Christian Perspective, July 19-22, 2018, is now open! Nurses from NCF USA, NCF Canada, and NCF Haiti have been working hard to create an inspirational conference experience. I hope you can join us at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, next summer. You won’t want to miss the encouragement, Bible teaching, and professional learning. Learn more at the conference website.

Plan on attending Infusing Hope in Nursing: A Christian Perspective, July 19-22, 2018.


Membership MeetingJoin your NCF community on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm Central Time for our Monthly Video Chat, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Central Time. Join the fellowship via our free NCF Zoom link. Learn more at the Members-only Video Chat.

NOVEMBER TOPIC: Moral Distress – Biblical & Professional Responses. We will discuss professional thinking about moral distress, and explore God’s answers for nursing situations where we are challenged to do the right action. Join the discussion led by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner.

Watch your inbox for a reminder email with connection information and the meeting Zoom link!


Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, is once again hosting the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference, June 18-21, 2018. Innovations—cosponsored by IWU, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Nurses Christian Fellowship—started in 2008 and has grown to be an outstanding scholarly and uplifting event for nurses to share their research, education, and practice, and learn from one another. Conference goals are to:

  • Explore Christian foundations and worldview in professional nursing
  • Identify innovative strategies for nursing education and practice
  • Embrace cultural attributes in the profession of nursing in local and global settings
  • Experience networking in a Christian community

Learn more at the conference website, including how to submit an abstract for paper or poster presentation (until December 1, 2017).




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary estimates of U.S. drug overdose deaths for 2016 in the November 3 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Overdose deaths exceeded 60,000, partially driven by a fivefold death increase involving synthetic opioids (excluding methadone). Synthetic opioid deaths were up from 3,105 in 2013—to approximately 20,000 in 2016. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl, 50–100 times more potent than morphine, is primarily responsible for this rapid increase. Fentanyl was detected in 56.3% of 5,152 opioid overdose deaths in 10 U.S. states during July–December 2016.

Teach your patients that illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs are a major driver of opioid overdose death.


pregnantThe preterm birth rate in the United States has increased for the second year in a row, increasing from 9.63% in 2015 to 9.8% in 2016. This year’s March of Dimes Report Card also reveals major racial/ethnic and geographic disparities signifying that babies have a higher chance of a preterm birth based simply on race and ZIP code.

Advocate for women experiencing healthcare disparities to receive adequate prenatal care; help guide women to appropriate care.


JCN  Have you looked at JCN Online lately? If you haven’t taken the time to explore Journal of Christian Nursing online recently, go to and look at the new fun features. If you do not have a user ID and password to access articles, email or call 866-489-0443 to request access. You will need your NCF Membership number.

Register to receive the electronic Table of Contents alert for each new JCN. At look for “Subscribe to eTOC” on the right side of the page under “Current Issue.”

Don’t forget to use your member CE benefit at JCN’s continuing education website—30% off all JCN CE. Learn how to use your benefit in the Members-Only NCF pages. It helps NCF when you take JCN CE tests!