September 8, 2017

Charting the Way

A monthly newsletter exclusively for NCF members


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

make connectionsJoin Your Community!

Connect with your NCF community in our first monthly Video Chat. Join me on September 28, 7:30 - 8:30 pm Central Time. Come when you can and leave when you need to. The topic will be: Connecting in Christ.

Join the meeting by clicking on this Zoom link on your computer, tablet, or smart phone: (You can also join by phone: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 using the Meeting ID: 488 200 124#.)

NOTE: This link will work from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android device. There is no cost and no download needed. Just click on the Zoom link and join the meeting. Use your computer web cam and audio to see, hear, and speak during the video chat. Join the meeting 5 minutes early to check that your audio and video are turned ON. Once in Zoom you can mute/unmute your microphone or turn your video off/on.

Go to the Members-only website and login with your NCF member number for more information about the Video Chat.

I can’t wait to meet you and talk with you about important issues for the Christian nurse!

Future Video Chats:

  • October 19, 2017: Essentials of Spiritual Care: Listening with Jane Hall, former NCF Director
  • November 16, 2017: Topic and presenter to be determined


NCFI CanaSave-the-date: July 19-22, 2018

Hope is vital to recovery and healing, yet sometimes our ability to feel hopeful and instill hope in others needs refreshing. PLAN NOW to attend Infusing Hope in Nursing: A Christian Perspective at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. Join other nurses from the USA, Canada and Caribbean to deepen your faith, learn about front-line issues for Christian nurses, and expand your cross-cultural connections. This international conference is hosted by the CANA Region of Nurses Christian Fellowship International.

The cost for the conference and meals is $250 for registration and all meals, $125 pre-licensure nursing students. Cost for lodging is $128 for single and $92 for double room in APU’s modern dorms. Check out transportation options to Azusa Pacific University to explore transportation costs.

opiod useUnderstanding the Opioid Crisis

Did you know that 1000 Americans are seen in Emergency Departments daily for misusing prescription opioids? What can nurses do? Know prescribing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for opioid medications so you can instruct patients and families. Learn more about helping patients with opioid use disorder and pain management strategies through free resources from Lippincott NursingCenter, including continuing education for APRNs and RNs. Use your NCF member CE discount code for 25% off! Log in to the Members Only website for the code.

Nurses are front-line patient and family educators. Understand what you can do to help prevent and treat opioid abuse.


by Tim Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director

Start NCFNew Student Outreach is Underway!

Within the next three years, NCF is planning to double our presence from 100 to 200 campuses! To aid us in that growth, we have developed a step-by-step chapter planting guide called Start NCF. Whenever a nursing student or faculty member emails us to ask how to start a new NCF chapter, we immediately send them to Start NCF. The guide explains the mission and vision of NCF and walks them through how to develop a chapter launch team. From there, the guide talks about how to recruit students and contains a series of outlines for the first four NCF meetings. I love Start NCF because it takes the guesswork out of starting a group. We’re praying that this guide will empower many more students and educators to start NCF!

This fall, we will field-test Start NCF on different campuses. I think of Myriah, a nurse in Michigan, who will be using this resource with students she knows at a local nursing school. In the next few weeks, she will be working through the guide with her student launch team in preparation for a projected start date in October! We can’t wait to see how God will birth a new NCF chapter there!

Curious about the guide? Know someone who might be interested in starting an NCF student chapter? Visit to download and share a free copy!


prayHow Do Americans Pray?

A just-released research poll from the Barna Group, Silent and Solo: How Americans Pray, can help inform your spiritual care practice with patients, colleagues, or students. Learn how often people pray, who they pray to, and what they pray for—by different age and gender groups.

Explore the research (free) and discover insights that can help you use prayer in your nursing work.


PulseBeatsNCF Pulsebeats

Pulsebeats is a fascinating, quick-read JCN column that offers the latest on topics essential for your practice. You'll find it on the last page of every JCN and free at Keep your finger on the pulse beat of health care!

Share Pulsebeats with colleagues and encourage them to Join NCF.

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