May 2020 Vital Signs

In This Issue:

  • I Am Grateful!
  • Join Our May Nurse Group Leader Discussion
  • New Resources for Your Groups: Focusing on Ethics
  • We Want to Pray for You!

I Am Grateful!

As we’re nearing the close of our month-long celebration of nurses, I’m filled with a sense of deep gratitude. 

  • Nurses Christian Fellowship has an incredible team who like me work remotely throughout the United States and across different times zones. They have created resources for you on our COVID-19 page and weekly resources as we Celebrate the Year of the Nurse! I’d encourage you to also check out the new Bible studies that have been created which your groups can use. 

  • We have a growing number of nurses across the United States who are discovering NCF and who return to NCF year after year. Our growth in these challenging times is directly linked to nurses across the country who remember this ministry and organization faithfully in their prayers.

  • The Journal of Christian Nursing is receiving journal articles from multiple authors. This provides the JCN with a rich resource for articles that can be shared impacting both our faith and our practice.

  • We have faculty advisors in our Student Ministries who have persevered this year in converting their classrooms and clinicals into online formats. They are supporting students and new grads through challenging times as they deal with the loss and change brought about by the pandemic.

  • And then there’s you! NCF’s Professional Nurse group leaders who have taken on such important roles in the lives of students and nurses by providing a place of support, encouragement, fellowship, and prayer. I find myself like Paul in his letter to the Philippians saying, “I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3 NIV). A number of you have transitioned your groups to online platforms which has given me the opportunity to jump in and participate with you. Others are contacting their group members by phone to check in on them and provide prayer support. 

I am so, so grateful for each of you! Know that you and your groups are in my thoughts and prayers. I love seeing my prayer calendar fill up with your meeting dates. I also appreciate your support and patience with me while I navigate different roles. Your prayers for me have kept me going on those difficult days where I questioned God about my own purpose and calling. I have found a group of men and women I can call brothers and sisters in both my faith and my practice. It’s a very precious gift. A gift that NCF is all about sharing with others in our profession!

Join Our May Nurse Group Leader Discussion

Our next professional nurse group leader discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at 7 pm CST. This time is for you! We’ve had wonderful conversations and times of prayer as we encourage and learn from one another.  It’s been a great way for me to hear and understand more about the challenges and barriers you’re facing. I hope you can make it!

You’ll find the Zoom link and information below -- you can join us online or by phone:

Join Zoom Meeting: intervarsity.zoom.us/j/99734286859?pwd=YkZRTGM1dEtqenV2RGpRR1dvak5wQT09

Meeting ID: 997 3428 6859 / Password: 192356

Join by phone by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) / +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) / +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) / +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) / +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) / +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 997 3428 6859

New Resources for Your Groups: Focusing on Ethics

This year the Twin Cities NCF group focused on ethics in our faith and practice. Our presentations are set up for a one-hour presentation that includes discussion, reflection, and the sharing of personal experiences. Scripture is incorporated into each presentation. Our group leaders thought these might be helpful resources for you and your groups as well. 

We transitioned to 7th edition APA during the year so if you need help updating citations and references, please let me know. These presentations can be adapted to fit the needs of your group. It created great discussion at each of our meetings. We learned that moral distress was a term some nurses had not heard before, but who understood and had experienced many examples of moral distress in their own practice.

Special thanks to Marilyn Chambers and Mary Thompson from the Twin Cities for working with me to create and finalize these presentations. It is a privilege to be able to partner with you in supporting nurses locally and throughout the country.

If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint slides, please email me at christy.secor@intervarsity.org -- we hope you find these helpful for your groups!

We Want to Pray For You!

Know that we are here to support you and to pray for you and your group in all you face -- both personally and professionally. I consider prayer to be one of our greatest privileges. I would love to be able to pray more specifically for each of you. 

  • You can send your requests to me at christy.secor@intervarsity.org.

  • Have your prayer request/praise placed on our monthly prayer calendar page. Requests are needed by Friday, May 29th.

  • Submit a request any time to our NCF prayer team. Please let me know if you or other members of your group would like to be a part of this team. Prayer requests are kept anonymous and confidential.

In Christ,

Interim Director / Professional Ministries Director, Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA