"After a stretch of challenging shifts, a question plagued me: How do I sustain excellence in this intense work of nursing?" writes Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner in her JCN editorial, "Sustaining Excellence."
Kathy knows that life is complicated and demanding. "As Christian nurses, how do we maintain 'working with all our heart' (Colossians 3:23) day after day and give 110% to our patients?"
Kathy concludes that the key to loving others over the long haul is being clothed with Christ. This means practicing the virtues he did – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12). "I'm amazed that Jesus, the one who perpetually sustains excellence in his work, wants to clothe me with his character," says Kathy. "Even though I don't always do so well getting dressed in these spiritual clothes every day, my commitment to Jesus and to excellence in nursing is for the long haul, so I'm going to keep trying."
Read more of Kathy's editorial in the October – December 2010 issue of the Journal of Christian Nursing. To receive JCN regularly, with full access to 28 years of back issues, join Nurses Christian Fellowship.