Christian Nursing 101: Spiritual Reflection: Inviting God into Our Moments

During my presentation on Reflective Practice at the NCFI Congress last year, I shared how Christian nurses can invite the Holy Spirit into their reflective practice. This can simply done through a brief prayer, “Lord, help me talk with this patient about their cancer.” Or “Lord, how an I help this patient be more comfortable?” In some ways, these burst of prayers may be common place for many Christian nurses. On the other hand, a more deeper, purposeful level of prayer or reflection is found in contemplation.

In this issue of Journal of Christian Nursing, I share some quick hints on how to bring the quietness of the mind, the openness of the spirit, and the softness of the heart experienced during prayer into the moments, the minutes and the hours of our day.

Read the article and share how you bring the richness or communion with the Holy Spirit into your work day.

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

Energy Based Therapies in Christian Nursing: Part 1

I decided to jump off the deep end and tackle energy based therapies in Christian Nursing. Over the next 3 issues, I will give an overview of concerns Christian nurses have regarding Reiki, Qigong, and Therapeutic Touch. This first article is an introduction to energy therapies and the Caritas. The brief articles can only give us a beginning point for learning about these therapies and hopeful an entry into a discussion with health care providers. 

My purpose in writing the articles was really two-fold: first, we have to become knowledgeable as Christian nurses to understand what is out there. In today’s information age, not-knowing is truly unacceptable. The internet gives most of us full access to an array of Christian, Nursing, and Bioethical resources to explore complex topics. We need to get on the web and begin finding the answers from both a theological and scientific standpoint. My second purpose is how to respond to our colleagues. Our guiding truth for responding is simple–grace and love. 
I encourage to read the articles in JCN with prayer and wisdom. The Lord continues to guide us in his love and truth, and may we be filled with his grace to both receive and to give. 
4him, Carrie