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A Nursing Practice Model Based on Christ: The Agape Model

Eckerd, Nancy

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000417
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: Nine out of 10 American adults believe Jesus was a real person, and almost two-thirds have made a commitment to Jesus Christ. Research further supports that spiritual beliefs and religious practices influence overall health and well-being. Christian nurses need a practice model that helps them serve as kingdom nurses. This article introduces the Agape Model, based on the agape love and characteristics of Christ, upon which Christian nurses may align their practice to provide Christ-centered care.

Nancy Eckerd, MS, RN, is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Nancy has served on domestic and global missions, including China, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Republic of Georgia, the Caspian Region, and Africa.

Published Ahead of Print on 6/7/2017.

Accepted by peer-review 9/28/2016.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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