Christian Nursing 101: Responding to Questions about After-Life

Do you believe Heaven is for real? Do you look forward to Heaven? And, if not, why not? As a nurse or health care provider, do you feel confident in your understanding and knowledge of the scriptural basis for Heaven, to share with a Christian patient or family member?

I have provided 3 excellent Christian resources on Heaven to guide your nursing practice and to encourage patients, families, friends, and fellow believers. …check them out. …

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Heaven: Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada

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NCFI Cares: Integrity–A NCFI Value

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One of NCFI values is integrity. In the Old Testament the word conveys the meaning of simplicity, or sincerity of heart and intention, truthfulness, and uprightness  (Internationalstandardbible.com). An example is found in God’s edict to Solomon: “You must serve me with integrity and sincerity, just as your father David did” (1 Kings 9:4).

In the New Testament there is no exact Greek word for integrity. Instead translators use “pure of heart” and “sincerity” to imply integrity. In apostle Paul’s instructions to Titus “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned…”(Titus 2:6-8). These two verses provide biblical teachings on integrity.

A nursing philosopher described integrity as: “a whole undivided, fully integrated and complete individual in whom there is consistency of views and actions; what they say and what do are one.”  Nursing uses professional practice and nursing ethics to guide and measure a nurse with integrity. As Christians we are encouraged to not only upheld integrity as a member of profession, we are to model our actions and words after the son of God. Jesus Christ lived an exemplary life replicating the virtues of God the Father.

We live out Christian integrity, when our actions are congruent with what we say and believe. Some thoughts to reflect on when exploring integrity in your professional nursing are: Do you act, speak, and think in accordance with biblical teachings? How does your nursing replicate the teachings of Christ?

An excellent verse to guide our thoughts, actions and words is Philippians 4:8,  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.

Take time to reflect on integrity in nursing, praying for Holy Spirit to guide you in truth and righteousness (John 16:12).

 

What is Caring With Dignity?

I was contemplating the topic of “human or humanity” and how Christians view humans in comparisons to other religions/philosophies.  I Brave new worldalways do a massive literature search for both nursing articles and Christian/theology articles and found the book “How to be a Christian in a Brave new World” by Tada and Cameron. Even though I ended up not using the book for the article, it is on my Christian Nursing book list.

I next stumbled across Transcultural Care Model while searching for cultural competency care for an International Nursing class I developed and teach. The model was wonderful and emphasized cultural humility for my community college students. Campiha-Bacota had also created a Biblically Based Model, which was perfect for the article.

I liked the emphasis on humility and providing nursing care that respected all human beings, no matter what their social, ethnic, religious, gender, etc. What I really enjoyed about finding this website/research, etc is the fact that Campiha-Bacota and others have taken a Christian worldview and applied it to nursing. I pray that more Christian nurses continue to define excellent standard for health care and nursing based upon Biblical principles.

“A biblical understanding of truth can guide nurse and other healthcare professionals in effectively caring for all our people” (Campinha-Bacote, p. 17). From Campinha-Bacote, J.,

Tell me what you think–upcoming article on Servant Leadership in Nursing

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I am currently working on an article for my column Christian Nursing 101 in JCNXLargeThumb.00005217-201412000-00000.CV on Servant Leadership in Nursing. I thought it would be great to hear from YOU!

What are you thoughts on servant leadership in nursing? Is there a Bible verse that speaks to you about leadership? What are the necessary components of servant leadership? 

Please comment on the blog or fill free to send me an email with your thoughts!

Thanks, Carrie 

p.s. Feel free to check out the column by clicking on the link and finding Christian Nursing 101 under “Topical Collections.”  You need a subscription to read individual articles.

Energy Therapies in Christian Nursing? Part 2

Second in this series of articles exploring Energy Therapies and their role in Christian Nursing, Part 2 provides scripture and resources guide our knowledge. With wisdom from scripture, as well as solid Christian medical resources we can discern whether or not Energy Therapies have a place in Christian nursing. The article can also serve as a discussion point with nurses, students, and even Christians on Energy Therapies. I would like to hear from YOU!
–What is or has been your experience(s) with energy therapies? 
Check out the article in the Journal of Christian Nursing: Christian Nursing 101