NCF Connections, March 2019

In This Issue:

  • Tell Me Your Story
  • Graduating Seniors Membership Discount
  • New! NCF Prayer Initiatives
  • Are My Neighbors Healthy?

storyTell Me Your Story

Christy Secor DNP, RN, CDWF · Professional Ministries Director

I’ve been studying Jesus’ life and how He chose to interact with others. He had a way of getting to the deep needs of people through the stories and parables He shared. At times He asked difficult questions. I see Him again and again wanting to know more about people. Walking together, sharing a meal, encouraging, supporting, loving. He wanted to know their story.

The same is true for Nurses Christian Fellowship. Your story matters. It’s about relationship!

  • NCF wants to pray for you and with you. Read further down in this newsletter for new initiatives NCF is beginning with prayer through our monthly prayer calendars and ways for you to share your prayer needs with us.
  • Are you looking for a place to connect with other nurses? Our professional nurse groups are there as a source of connection and refuge from the chaos surrounding us both personally and professionally.  It would be a privilege to connect you with one of our nurse group leaders.
  • If you don’t see a professional nurse group in your area, let’s pray about the possibility of starting a group in your area. NCF provides a number of resources for you to help in that process. You can contact me at christy.secor@intervarsity.org, and we can begin to explore the possibilities for a group in your area.
  • NCF is unique as both a ministry and a professional nursing organization. We provide articles, personal reflections, and research found in the award-winning Journal of Christian Nursing; free CE through NCF’s quarterly Journal Clubs; discounted CEs through NursingCenter.com; discounts for books published through InterVarsity Press and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Become a member today and be a part of supporting the ministry and work of NCF!
  • Becoming a member is affordable. Did you know there are also discounts to membership NCF provides to students, recent graduates, retired nurses, our professional group leaders, student faculty advisors, and JCN authors/reviewers?

Know that your story matters. I meet with nurses all the time who tell me, “I never knew there was a Christian organization like NCF.” It is said with relief and joy and excitement. I wish I could capture that moment fully for you. Individuals just like each of us who face challenges in our practice and in caring for ourselves at home, school, and work. It’s a sacred moment of connection as someone recognizes there are others just like me. It’s the realization that it’s okay to share my faith as I talk about my day. It’s okay to ask for prayer. It’s okay to be vulnerable. At Nurses Christian Fellowship, we are here for you.

graduationGraduating Seniors Membership Discount

Tim Lin MA · Student Ministries Director

Recently, I was in a conversation with an InterVarsity campus minister who works with an undergraduate student chapter. He said, “I’m amazed at these senior nursing students! All my other undergrad students are just trying to finish the semester well academically. But these nursing students—they’re also applying for jobs, attending interviews, in addition to their super-full schedules. They are incredible!”

Senior nursing students face immense stress as they prepare to graduate and enter professional practice. Because of the challenges of this transition, NCF Student Ministries is working hard to connect with graduating seniors. This spring, we are asking our faculty advisors to address their seniors and invite them to become NCF members as they graduate. We are offering these seniors a free sample issue of JCN in addition to a sharply discounted membership rate where they can receive their first year of membership as a practicing nurse at the student rate of $35 /year. Our hope is that many seniors will sign up and become part of the NCF family their first year out of college.

If you know of a graduating nursing student who would like to receive this special offer, please encourage them to fill out a short online form. Please be praying for our seniors as they finish the semester, that they will remain rooted in Jesus during their final weeks!

familyNew! NCF Prayer Initiatives

Christy Secor DNP, RN, CDWF · Professional Ministries Director

My Mama was the first person to teach me about prayer. I saw how she prayed for our family, her church and community, and for herself through decades of excruciating pain. Mama’s been gone now for five years. But I still see the power of her prayers in my own life and in the lives of our family. I know the power of prayer.

As a ministry and as a professional nursing organization, NCF would not exist without prayer. We have recently begun sharing our prayer needs with each of you. Know that your prayers make a difference. We are so grateful to have you support us in this way. You can access our April prayer calendar here.

NCF also wants to support nurses across the country who need prayer. We have recently launched a new page on our website where you can share your own prayer requests as well as praises. Each request is sent to NCF staff and then forwarded to a team of nurses who have agreed to be prayer partners with us. If you would like to be a part of this prayer team, please contact me at christy.secor@intervarsity.org and I will be glad to add you to our growing list of prayer partners.

I am excited to see how God moves through our prayers. He is at work!

IVP BookAre My Neighbors Healthy?

Recently the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted the first public session for the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020 – 2030. One of the questions the committee will consider is what can nursing do to impact our communities to improve population health.

Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, addresses this question in a recent blog addressing how nurses can implement change that positively impacts the health and lives of those around us. If you’d like to read more about this topic, InterVarsity Press has also recently published How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick: Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities by Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop.