September 6, 2018

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members

In this issue:

  • Transitions
  • Scriptural Responses to Workplace Incivility
  • Welcoming New Students to Campus
  • Help JCN Grow
  • Essential News You Can Use


Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF, Professional Ministries Director

jelloTransition. It’s a word I am becoming more open to. I used to believe I could control almost any situation (at least I was good at telling myself I could!). I worked to build a solid foundation underneath my feet. The truth? Most days were like walking across the lemon-lime Jell-O salad I’m famous for making at Christmas.

For me, transitions have meant a new position with NCF, saying good-bye to cherished colleagues, setting up a home office, and learning about the nurses who are the heart of NCF. You too may be experiencing transition: beginning a new academic year; starting a new role; adapting to the changes we encounter with individuals and families in our care; anticipating retirement; or processing health changes. Transitions are a common thread woven into our lives.

One constant remains: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)! He is our solid ground, our firm foundation. We can trust his love and presence are with us. No matter what we face, we are not alone.

We are in this journey together. I would love to hear your story. What are the transitions you’re facing? How have you experienced Jesus leading your life? How can NCF serve you better? How can NCF pray for you?

Your story matters. Never doubt the impact you make. Your voice makes a difference in shaping and influencing this profession and this ministry.

Connect with me at I look forward to hearing from you!


video chatMark your calendar for THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27, and join an online discussion of Scriptural Responses to Workplace Incivility. If you need support with difficult work relationships, this meeting is for you!

The Video Chat will occur at these times:

  • 5:00 pm Pacific
  • 6:00 pm Mountain
  • 7:00 pm Central
  • 8:00 pm Eastern

Watch your inbox for additional details or go to Member Video Chats to learn more! (Use your member login to view this information.)


Timothy Lin, MA, Student Ministries Director

studentI was on the phone recently with Grace, an NCF student leader at a Christian university. In her role as NCF chapter president, she’s been brainstorming with the leadership team on how they can reach out more effectively to freshmen students. So, in addition to hosting an information table at the student organizations fair (where they had 50 new freshmen sign-up!), they are putting together an outreach event specifically for freshmen. The team is committing to initiating and building relationships with new students.

Grace remembers: “It’s scary to be a freshman!” New nursing school students, whether coming in as freshmen or juniors, often feel vulnerable. Because of that, they are very open to exploring spiritual questions. As nurses, you’ve noticed the same phenomenon – when experiencing vulnerability, patients pay special attention to their spiritual needs. So, when student leaders like Grace befriend new nursing students, they are making space for the students to pursue their spiritual questions and discover the love of Jesus.

Pray for Grace and all NCF student leaders as they reach out to new nursing students this fall; pray that many will choose to seek out Jesus in nursing school.

Christian Nursing Schools


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You can view the recorded July Journal Club webinar and earn 1 contact hour of CE for the JCN article, What Is Caring in Nursing? Sorting Out Humanistic and Christian Perspectives by Shirlene Newbanks, Linda Rieg, and Beverly Schaefer in the July/Sept 2018 JCN.

Go to Journal Club to earn your free CE! (You must be logged to access Journal Club.)

afivefingerresponseNEXT JOURNAL CLUB: OCTOBER 18

The next NCF Journal Club will be Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 pm Central time. We will discuss the JCN article, Why a Faith Community Nurse Program? A Five-Finger Response by Deborah Ziebarth.


The next issue of JCN is coming soon—online and to your mailbox. Read the latest information on Alzheimer’s Disease; discover a new simple tool for assessing patients’ religious satisfaction; learn about small-scale sustainable water projects in short-term medical missions, and more!


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Urbana, InterVarsity’s triennial missions conference, will be held December 27-31, 2018 in St. Louis, MO. Urbana is a life-changing experience for college students seeking to discern their place in God’s global mission. Let nursing students know about Urbana, and apply for scholarship support from NCF.

Learn about Urbana 18, Watch the Urbana video, and invite a nursing student!

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