July 6, 2021

In This Issue:

  • Don’t Miss July 29 Journal Club
  • Have You Defied the King? 
  • God Uses Imperfect People
  • We Love Our New Membership System!
  • Mobile Health Apps and Privacy Concerns
  • NCFI Virtual World Congress 
  • August Tabletop Discussion
  • Fellowship & Prayer Opportunities

Don’t Miss July 29 Journal Club

How do we have the strength in difficult work situations to do what we believe is right when those in authority want something different? Join Journal Club on July 29th for an invaluable discussion, On Defying the King: Peril and Pluck, with ethicist and nurse Dr. Marsha Fowler, other nurse colleagues, and NCF and JCN staff. 

DATE:  July 29, 2021

TIMES:  5:00 pm PT; 6:00 pm MT; 7:00 pm CT; 8:00 pm ET

READ:  On Defying the King in the July/Sept issue of JCN

EARN:  1.5 Nursing Continuing Professional Development hours

NEW: YOU MUST REGISTER FOR JOURNAL CLUB! Due to high demand, we are asking members to register.

  • Pre-register here  
  • Verify membership with your member number or enter your email and instantly get your member number 
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email
  • Registered members will be emailed the event zoom link the week of July 29.

Have You Defied the King? 

Have you displayed moral courage in your nursing work? Stood up (or wanted to stand up) for what you believed was right for a patient, colleague, or yourself? Would you email your story to Kathy.Schoonover-Shoffner@intervarsity.org by July 23? We’re looking for real world stories to anonymously discuss during the July 29 Journal Club. You do not have to share your story at Journal Club or attend. All stories will be kept completely confidential.

God Uses Imperfect People

Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FARN, FAAN • Senior Editor, JCN

The past 3 weeks I have been volunteering part time at MountainTop Retreat, a Christian camp on the Western Slope of Colorado, where my son is Camp Director. My duties range from performing camp physicals to leading worship music and acting as camp speaker, all activities I enjoy and of which I am honored to be part. 

While preparing to speak on the theme of families, I studied the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Although these were stories I’ve read numerous times, I was struck again by how God used such imperfect people in His plan for mankind. Among this family that God chose to bless, and through whom eventually came the Savior, were liars, deceivers, poor communicators, and those with jealousy, anger, fear, and doubt. There were plenty of failures to trust God along their journeys. Even Abraham, who trusted God enough to be willing to sacrifice his promised son Isaac, made mistakes and was still considered faithful because he trusted God (Hebrews 12:11-12). 

In these uncertain days, children and teens who attend camp often have questions and uncertainties about their faith. Some may have never heard the gospel. Others come from wonderful Christian homes. Others come from brokenness and dysfunction. Camps that center around God’s Word, Scripture memorization, and faith-building are safe spaces for kids to learn from the Bible, ask their burning questions, and find renewal of their faith. For Christian nurses, camp is a wonderful place for ministry in the physical caring provided, but also in providing spiritual support to children who are seeking God. I was reminded this week through God’s promise to Abraham and his lineage that God is faithful to us, even when we make mistakes. We have an awesome God we can trust to forgive us and never leave us. What a blessing to be reminded that God can use our brokenness to minister to others and further his work.

We Love Our New Membership System!

The new NCF membership system is easy to use to renew your membership, view benefits, register for events, or give gift memberships to students or colleagues! Here are tips for using the new system:

  • Use AUTO-RENEW Membership when it’s time to renew to save money and time! NOTE: You cannot renew until 89 days from your expiration date. We’ll send renewal notices to your inbox! 
  • Need verification of your membership? On any Benefits page, click on Resend Confirmation in the upper right hand corner of the page. Enter your email and a confirmation email will immediately be sent to you.
  • Use “I Forgot My Number” on any Benefits page to have your member number instantly emailed to you. 
  • Start registering for NCF Member Events like Journal Club and Tabletop Discussions. Links will be sent!

Mobile Health Apps and Privacy Concerns

Karen Schmidt, BA, RN · Contributing Editor, JCN

The popularity of mobile health applications—mHealth apps—for medical conditions and health/fitness can improve health and treatment compliance in users. The apps also have potential to expose users’ private information, often without the knowledge of the users. This finding comes out of a cross-sectional study of 20,991 mHealth apps for Android devices.

Authors of the The BMJ study (May 2021) published online, reported that while these apps can improve real-time monitoring or give access to health care resources, 88% of the apps contain code that collects and transmits data to third party commercial or tracking providers. A lack of enforcement of privacy standards was also noted in the study. Nurses and healthcare professionals should caution patients who use mHealth apps about the potential for unapproved use or sharing of their private data.


NCFI Virtual World Congress 

Join Nurses Christian Fellowship International Virtual World Congress-Opportunities and Challenges in Nursing Today-A Christ Centered Response: July 9 - 11, 2021. Nurses from around the world will attend virtually to be motivated, inspired, and encouraged in your nursing. The fee is only $50; no NCPD will be offered. Learn more here!

August Tabletop Discussion

Mark your calendars now for our August 23rd Tabletop Discussion (8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific) as we have honest, open conversations about the challenges we face in our faith and practice.  

Join Skip McDonald, NCF staff, and nurses around the country as we discuss the questions and opportunities we experience When the Journey Is Too Much for You. Look for more details and registration coming in our August Charting the Way member newsletter.


Fellowship & Prayer Opportunities

NCF offers many opportunities to join together in fellowship and prayer. Check out these possibilities below: