Christian Nursing 101: Forgiveness in the Workplace?

Like many workers in health care or all workers experience conflict and even incivility in the workplace. And even if it isn’t as extreme as incivility or lateral violence, we experience angry colleagues, disgruntled employees, and/or emotional outburst; and probably like myself, have demonstrated non-Christlike behavior. It is tough to maintain any resemblance to Jesus’ love and grace amidst the high-stress and continuing demands of health care and academics. As I reflected on these challenges, I knew the beginning point was forgiveness. Not just, the churchy version of forgiveness, but the forgiveness described and lived out by our Savior.

I encourage you to read the article in the Journal of Christian Nursing, reflecting on your own workplace and situations. Included in the article is a link Dr. Luskin, the Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project found at Learning to Forgive

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Our workplace, like our home, is a training field for the testing of our faith and learning to live Christ-like.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4; NASB).




2 thoughts on “Christian Nursing 101: Forgiveness in the Workplace?

  1. Olivia Madlock Stork says:

    Sister Carrie, I dont know if this comment will EVER find you. I am also a Sister of yours, IN CHRIST JESUS! Your words of encouragement through “Journal of Christian Nursing” lifted me up out of a horrible pit!!!! I was definately feeling sorry for myself, not having passed the Nursing RN boards, in history 3 times!!! And also, even my hope of becoming usable unto the LORD’s WORK and Ministry have I also FAILED!!! I dont know where EXACTLY Jesus IS LEADING ME… Yet, HOPE WAS BORN UNTO ME… THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNFAILING FAITHFULNESS, MY FRIEND!!! Amen.

    • I am so sorry to hear of your struggle with passing the boards. Such trialing times on your journey with the LORD. I am glad I was able to encourage you, my sister and colleague. Have courage and depend upon the faithfulness of our Lord. Psalm 27:14, blessings Carrie

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