April 5, 2022

In this Issue:

He is Risen!

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. John 3:16-17, The Message

NCF rejoices with you this Easter season as we celebrate Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection that restored our relationship with our Creator, God. Pray with us or request prayer during this special month using the Prayer Calendar and our prayer times on Sunday evenings.

Try Something Different at Journal Club April 21

Have you wanted to try something different in your nursing journey? Camp nursing offers many possibilities, including ministry to campers and staff. Get a real picture of what camp nursing is all about and apply decision-making in an independent practice setting! Join us for the next  Journal Club based on the JCN article, Camp Nursing: A Unique Specialty. Camp nurse experts will provide input—come share your camp nurse stories or bring your questions. And, gain 1.5 free NCPD hours as an NCF Member.

JOIN US THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022 AT  8:00 PM EDT; 7:00 PM CDT; 6:00 PM MDT; 5:00 PM PDT Register HERE to get the instructions and Zoom link.

Student Ministry Takes off in Nashville! 

Jen Wojtysiak, MDiv • NCF Student Ministries Director

When a pilot sat down next to me and started timing our take-off, I got nervous! Was there a problem? When I asked, he told me it was a hobby of his to time every take-off. Whew! He told me a plane take-off always falls between 25 and 35 seconds. The take-off is my favorite part of a flight. There’s so much excitement and potential. The trip is about to start! The same could be said about planting student groups. When we’re on a new campus, there’s so much excitement and potential. That’s why, when NCF Student Ministry was asked to come to Motlow State Community College in Nashville, TN, we had to say YES! You won’t believe what happened! 

Since we were going to make the trip from Wisconsin (me), Minnesota (Katharine Provost), and Kansas (Kathy SS), we wanted to see where else God might lead. We reached out to nursing programs in the area, which resulted in visits to 5 schools and 7 campuses in 2 days. Not to mention we connected with other schools we weren’t even planning on at one of the campus’s health fairs. 

Just like a flight where there’s always the potential for unexpected happenings, our planting trip to Nashville was no different. Canceled flights, unexpected connections, catching students as they walked in to take a test, and an invitation to connect with all the nursing school Deans and Directors in Tennessee convinced us that God is on the move in Nashville! As we met with one student, I had the vision that the work started that week would yield the fruit of salvation 10 years from now! 

Join us in prayer on April 14 as we meet Tennessee Deans and Directors, and for  student groups to get started across Nashville! Give HERE (tax deductible!) to support amazing outreach with nursing students.

May is Nurses' Month! 

This year, NCF wanted to create a theme for National Nurses Week that aligns with what we believe God offers nurses in difficult times: Hope in the Darkness! We will use this theme for National Nurses Month 2022 to guide the creation of free downloadable Bible studies, a special NCF Twin Cities event (see below), and other great resources. Watch your inbox for updates! Ask God to bring his Light to students and nurses in dark places.

Special Event - Hope in the Darkness: Growing in Intimacy 

Join Twin Cities NCF on Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm (Central) for this FREE event. Hope in the Darkness reminds us of the hope we have in relationship – with God, our colleagues, and the individuals and communities we serve. NCF celebrates the hope and light that can never be extinguished and Jesus’ influence in our daily lives and profession. 1.5 hours NCPD (CE) for Minnesota nurses only. Certificates of attendance are available for nurses from other states. Register here.  

Did You Miss The Power of Relationship? 

Our NCF March Tabletop Discussion impacted the lives of many. One nurse shared, “This is the first time my work as a nurse who stands in the gap as Jesus’ hands and feet has been recognized.”  The sense of anticipation and expectation we experienced in advance of this time together was affirmed over and over. God was there!

Our speaker, Nancy Schornack, shared ways we can connect more deeply to Jesus, to ourselves, and to others in our weariness. The recordings and the reflection used during the breakout sessions are available now! Listen and experience this blessing for yourself today. (Use your member number or email to access the materials.)

Mentoring Opportunities: You Don't Have to Go It Alone! 

Interested in being a mentor? Walk alongside a small group of recent graduates as they continue integrating faith and nursing while staying connected to NCF. Share your experiences, pray with them, and provide a space for encouraging their faith and nursing. Or, would you like to be mentored? 

Nursing offers incredible opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. It can also be chaotic, messy, and stressful. Having someone with whom you can be open and real, and who empathizes with your challenges while supporting your faith can be critical to your success. Come be a part of a small group of new nurses just like yourself with a nurse mentor who will listen, provide encouragement, and pray for you in your first year of practice. 

What are next steps for you? Review information on the NCF website. If you want to be a mentor, complete the NCF Mentorship application  If you would like to be mentored, contact Christy Secor or Jen Wojtysiak for more information and to be connected with a group.

Make the Most of JCN

As an NCF member, access the online Journal of Christian Nursing platform in one of two ways with any mobile device or computer: 

  1. Use the NCF referral link. You’ll need your member number or quickly get your number with your email. 

  2. Set up your own personal account on the JCN online platform. Your account allows you to create and save personal collections and searches (helpful for teaching or projects!).

Watch your inbox for an email from our publisher, Lippincott, with instructions on how to activate your personal online account. And, be sure to sign up for electronic Table of Content alerts (see “Get new issue alerts” at the top of the JCN page) to know about the great content coming in your journal!