by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief
It’s So Great to Connect!
We had our first national NCF membership Video Chat on September 28 – and it was delightful! A couple dozen of us joined in sharing and examining God’s Word. The experience of the criminals crucified with Jesus (Mark 15, Luke 23) revealed insights about asking Jesus to remember me; about being vulnerable with our Lord, about desiring his kingdom be sovereign instead of us. We prayed for each other and our nursing work. Members wrote in the chat box: This was wonderful! So encouraging! I hope to come next month!
A few days later I met with nurses in Minnesota—retired nurses, new grads, and bright young nursing students. What a joy to connect and share our common passion for Jesus Christ and nursing.
We all know Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered in My name, meeting together as My followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20, AMP). But having the real head and heart experience of connecting as nurses who follow Jesus is electrifying.
⇒Plan on connecting with your fellow NCF members through our monthly Video Chats. We can’t wait to meet you!
NCF National Membership Meeting!
Join your NCF community on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00-8:00 pm Central Time for our Monthly Video Chat. Join the meeting via our free NCF Zoom link. Learn more at the Members-only website (login with your NCF member number).
I love my job as a nurse but I have another passion--walking with nursing students as they meet Jesus and follow him. I love investing in the spiritual development of nursing students so they can love and serve God as nurses. It’s the best of both worlds!
⇒Read more from Bethany Eckerd, BSN, RN, on her part-time role as an NCF staff minister.
Should I Get a Tattoo or Piercing?
What would you say to an adolescent who asks, Should I get a tattoo?What are the risks of piercing? Learn about health and social issues of tattoos and piercings in a just-released American Academy of Pediatrics report (free), Adolescent and Young Adult Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification. For example, 37% of human resource managers cite tattoos as the third physical attribute likely to limit career potential; nonear piercings and bad breath are the top two. Reported complications of tattoos are inflammation, infections (bacterial and viral), neoplasms, and rare reports of vasculitis. The report offers in-depth information and concrete guidelines for tattoos and piercings.
⇒Be prepared to support adolescents and others who seek your advice on tattoos and piercings.
Why attend Infusing Hope in Nursing: A Christian Perspective at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA? Learn from expert speakers and fellow nurses from the USA, Canada, and Caribbean about how Jesus can infuse your practice with his hope. This international conference is hosted by the CANA Region of Nurses Christian Fellowship International.