October 6, 2017

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members


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

videochatIt’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!


make connectionsNCF 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).

Former NCF Director Jane Hall will lead a discussion on The Essentials of Spiritual Care: Listening. We will use the JCN article, “Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best.” Also meet your NCF staff team.

Watch your inbox for emails with connection information and the Zoom link!


BethanyWhy I Joined NCF Staff

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.


tattooShould 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.

Infusing Hope in Nursing conferenceSAVE-THE-DATE: July 19-22, 2018

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.

Registration opening soon! Check out transportation options to Azusa Pacific University to explore transportation costs.

JCNNew JCN Focuses on Ethics

How does the Code of Ethics impact today’s nursing practice? Nurses of faith will be particularly interested in the 2015 revisions to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements.

Be sure to read the article, “Faith & Ethics, Covenant and Code,” as well as many other great articles and columns from your new issue of JCN.