NCF Connections, September 2020

In This Issue:

  • Seeking Hope in the Pandemic
  • You're Invited to October Journal Club!
  • Why Join NCF NOW?
  • September Prayer Calendar
  • Professional Ministries: Connecting in New Ways!
  • Student Ministries: It’s All About the Connection!

Seeking Hope in the Pandemic

Mary Thompson, MSN, RN • NCF Volunteer

The following has been excerpted from the NCF Blog. To read the full post, click here.

Hope involves having a positive perspective of the future. But a pandemic and other events in our lives and our country challenge our experience of hope. We continue to pray for healthcare workers and for researchers to find an effective vaccine, but it’s difficult to wait for solutions, and we’re weary, knowing the pandemic will be a reality for the months ahead.  

I’ve been reflecting on what I learned about hope. Also, as a faith community nurse in my church, I want to encourage volunteers who are phoning the homebound and the isolated with renewed hope. 

Whatever our situation, it’s vital to seek to instill hope in ourselves and to encourage others. May we continue to discover ways the God of hope is caring for us and see opportunities to share this care with others: in our nursing roles, families, and churches.

Hope grows as we…

  1. Acknowledge the losses and emotions we are feeling.
  2. Focus on Jesus.
  3. Dwell on the sources of hope.
  4. Re-imagine the future.
  5. Take action.
  6. Anticipate what God will do in us personally and in nursing relationships, family, and our faith community in the weeks to come!

Meditate on Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Praise be to God!

You're Invited to October Journal Club!

As the flu season looms, nurses are even more crucial this year to be advocates and educators about vaccination. Kristie Hargrave, author of “Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Flu Vaccine Uptake on a College Campus” (October/December JCN), along with JCN's editors, invites nurses from all practice settings to discuss how to apply upstream thinking to vaccination on October 15, 2020, 7:00 pm Central time. 

Watch for full details in upcoming emails and on NCF’s Facebook page. Why attend? A July 2020 Journal Club participant said, “The one word that came to my mind was fellowship -- it was about education and knowledge, but the feeling of it was fellowship.”

NCF has applied for 1.5 ANCC approved contact hours. Journal Club is free to NCF members! Not a member? Join NCF before October 12 to attend for free! Or, purchase tickets here!

Why Join NCF NOW?

NCF offers virtual and in-person groups! Don't let the COVID-19 pandemic stop you from engaging in Christian community and fellowship with likeminded nurses and nursing students. Now is the time to press in to Jesus and in to relationship with one another. Let NCF support you in your faith and practice.

Members receive exclusive resources and Bible studies, book and product discounts, free quarterly CE, and more. For a full list of membership benefits, visit this webpage. Did you know that by becoming a member of NCF, you are supporting the growth of our ministry to nurses and nursing students? We are so grateful for your partnership in bringing forth the good news to healthcare!

September Prayer Calendar

…Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

The words of this verse are filled with hope and encouragement – something we are all in desperate need of these days. It’s a source of hundreds of different memes found on social media. But this verse in and of itself only tells part of the story. When you read the full chapter of Joshua 1, you’ll find there is so much more. 

We can be strong and courageous. We can know God is with us. It begins with acknowledging and living our lives in complete dependence upon him. Giving up the control we seek creates the space and freedom to follow him and to allow his work to be done. There’s a new land ahead of us. Click here to read the full devotional and for the September Prayer and Praise Calendar.

Professional Ministries: Connecting in New Ways!

Christy Secor RN, DNP, CDWF •  NCF Professional Ministries Director

The pandemic has not stopped our more than 40 professional nurse groups from meeting! In fact, we’re finding new opportunities for meeting. Some are choosing to meet in parks. Others are meeting virtually. These are times that we “get to” connect, support, encourage, and build each other up.

Virtual meetings are opening up opportunities for nurses from larger geographic areas to meet together. The Twin Cities NCF group had more than 30 nurses from inside and outside the state of Minnesota at their last meeting. Collaboration of Licensed Nurses, Inc. is focused on working with nurses throughout the state of Illinois. Our latest professional nurse group, Lamp Lighters, is creating space for nurses to meet virtually from anywhere across the country! And that’s just a small glimpse into the connections that are happening.

These past months have been difficult ones for all of us. Our professional nurse groups provide time for us to come together and support each other through the joys and struggles we’re facing! It doesn’t matter if you’re at the bedside, handling needs within the community, teaching at the undergrad or graduate level, working in administration, or serving others as a retired nurse; we need connection. Our professional nurse groups support our mental and emotional well-being. These groups also address the spiritual needs we each have.

Don’t be left out! If you’re interested in being a part of a professional nurse group or in starting a group in your area, contact us at ncf@intervarsity.org--we’d love the opportunity to work with you and to explore the next steps in your own professional and personal journey.

Student Ministries: It’s All About the Connection!

Jen Wojtysiak, BS, ThM  •  NCF Student Ministries Director

Campuses are back in session. Some are holding classes in person, some are holding classes online, and some are doing both! For nursing students this year, their experiences are very different. They’re learning much of their coursework and even hands-on skills online and without the support of an in-person cohort. 

Student ministry is different this year too! Without the ability to gather on most campuses, we’re getting creative and “scrappy” as we reach new nursing students through Instagram and Facebook. Students can connect with us on social media--from there we plug them into existing NCF groups or cast vision for starting a new one! This story of how some students got connected shows how it worked! 

“Brittany filled out a contact card through an ad on Instagram. From there, Jen forwarded her information to Emily and Sara, student leaders at Brittany’s campus. Emily and Sara were overjoyed that InterVarsity could help them make that connection and grow their NCF group. Brittany immediately got plugged into their online community and into a prayer group!” 

It’s all about making that connection right now!

Do you know a student starting in a nursing program who could use a supportive community as they start? Send them here over the next six weeks for worship and encouragement...Join us for Operation IV: September 24th & October 1st and 8th at 7 pm EST, 6 pm CST, 5 pm MST, 4 pm PST. Be a part of a supportive community during your first few weeks of nursing school and explore how to start your own community on campus this fall. You can join us any time! Email ncf@intervarsity.org to RSVP!