Bedside Evangelism?

JCNChristian nurses who want to share their faith with patients walk a fine line. When is it appropriate? When is it not? What are the ethical guidelines? "Spiritual Care: Evangelism at the Bedside?" openly tackles these questions in the current Journal of Christian Nursing, October – December, 2011.

"The purpose of the article is to explore the ethics of evangelism in the context of Christian nursing and offer guidance for ethical spiritual care," says author Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, RN. She suggests that when Jesus sent out his disciples (Matthew 10:16), Jesus "recognized the need for extreme sensitivity and respectful gentleness; to be wise, speak the truth without being harmful; to be innocent and without falsity when witnessing about God's love."

Read more of this free JCN article on ethical guidelines for sharing faith and suggestions for appropriate spiritual care of patients. CE credits are available.

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Good, thought-provoking article. I do not see how we can be one person at work and another elsewhere, separating the secular and spiritual. We need to be nurses of integrity. As God leads, our obedience is essential to be caregivers to the whole person. What difference will it make if we salvage one's body and the soul is eternally lost? In situations where one feels threatened by job loss, God is worthy of our trust. As we seek Him and His kingdom first, these other things will be taken care of (Matthew 6:33).

Great insights, Miriam. If you'd like, I'd suggest you send your comments as a "letter to the editor", so JCN readers can also consider this. You can do this by going to http://www.ncf-jcn.org/jcn/lettertoeditor.php.

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