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Abstract: “It's about relationship with each other” is how Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF, summarizes why NCF nurse groups are so beneficial. As NCF's Professional Ministries Director, Christy supports and helps develop these groups across the United States. “One of the best ways we have to relate to each other as professional nurses is through NCF nurse groups,” Christy says. Nurse groups, which can meet at a workplace, an individual's home, a coffee shop, or nearly anywhere, provide a gathering opportunity for prayer, Bible study, and personal support. For examples of how nurse groups are building relationships, read on the NCF blog (ncf.-jcn.org/blog) about groups in Delaware and Northern California. If you don't have a group near where you live or work, email [email protected] so NCF staff can work with you to find or start a group. NCF is unique! As a ministry and professional organization, NCF serves nursing students, nurse educators, and practicing nurses—the only organization of its kind. As a ministry organization, NCF brings faith to students in the struggle of nursing school and to nurses in the challenges of practice or academia. As a professional organization, we bring expert nursing knowledge to every member through the Journal of Christian Nursing, ANCC-certified continuing education, and more. Why join NCF? Your membership indicates your commitment to faith and the profession on your résumé and to your employer. Membership in NCF is economical—less than other nursing organizations. Your membership helps support the growth of NCF chapters in nursing schools and NCF nurse groups throughout the country. Another reason to join NCF? The benefits! Members receive the award-winning JCN, free and discounted CE in numerous clinical areas, including pharmacology hours for advanced practice nurses, discounts from LWW and InterVarsity publishers, a network of fellow Christian nurses throughout the country, and more. Join NCF today at http://ncf-jcn.org/membership. Already a member? Watch your inbox for your next renewal notice. Remembering Our Purpose Have you ever asked God, Why? Why am I here? Am I making a difference? What do you want of me? There is not enough of me to get through this day...this shift...this semester. It's too easy within the chaos of life and work to lose our sense of purpose in who we are as individuals and as professionals. Sometimes we lose hope. As NCF's Professional Ministries Director, I speak with nursing students, educators, and nurses in practice about the challenges they face. The demands are real. Long hours, doing more with less, not having time for our patients, a lack of teamwork, insecurities about pay, caring for our loved ones, as well as coping with the loss and grief we experience. It is into this space Nurses Christian Fellowship is called. It is into this space we as nurses are called. The mission statement for NCF reads: The purpose of Nurses Christian Fellowship ... is to establish and advance in nursing, within education and practice, witnessing communities of nursing students and nurses who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world. Our purpose is always found in God. It isn't one more thing for us to do. It is who we are. The beauty of God's design is this ... our purpose is lived in relationship with him and with each other.
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