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Discussion Board

Walker, Cathy

Journal of Christian Nursing: April/June 2020 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 127
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000715
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Discussion Board helps you dig deeper into JCN content, offering ideas for personal or group reflection with other nurses—great for Nurses Christian Fellowship student chapters on campus or nurse fellowship groups!

Biblical Counseling: An Alternative for Treating Depressive Symptoms

Read Ogorek and Isaacson, 80-87.

  1. How does biblical counseling (BC) for depression differ from other evidence-based treatment options?
  2. Briefly describe the integral role of Scripture in BC as noted by the authors.
  3. What is the purpose of homework and what is the desired outcome for the counselee?
  4. Review Table 2. What are the key elements of BC? Discuss in terms of nursing application.
  5. When you note depressive symptoms in a patient, what options are available in your practice setting? What help is ready at your disposal when you personally face similar circumstances?
  6. How can nurses implement appropriate action to help those who show symptoms of depression?
  7. What does Psalm 40:1-3 tell you about depression? Read Isaiah 41:10. How is hope conveyed? What do you learn about God from Psalm 3:3? Describe how these verses offer hope and love to someone experiencing or recovering from depression.

Being and Doing

Read Mahoney, 114-116.

  1. How are the concepts of being and doing viewed by the author? What is your take on this perspective?
  2. How does the sharing of one's story impact a nurse's ability to understand a patient or a situation?
  3. One goal of the mission trip was for students to experience a deeper understanding of the Gospel's call to solidarity and justice. What evidence reflects that this occurred?
  4. In your nursing practice, where does the rub between this biblical call for solidarity and justice meet with the daily nursing practice? What impedes progress? Do others in your workplace share similar concerns?
  5. Read Luke 10:38-42. Martha often gets a bad rap for focusing on work. In what ways does the idea of being and doing come together in these verses? Toward which are you more naturally inclined?

Influencing the Future

Read Mack, 124.

  1. In what areas do you have influence? Thinking outside the box, where are you a teacher?
  2. Who has positively impacted your nursing education or your personal experiences? What was it about this person that set the stage for his or her example? Similarly, what set the stage in circumstances that were not as satisfying?
  3. Who currently helps you learn new things?
  4. What is your definition of influence or of being an influencer?
  5. Nurses Christian Fellowship seeks to strengthen nurses to mentor and disciple fellow nurses and students in the profession and in their faith. Consider your skills and readiness for these roles. Share how God is prompting or guiding you in this area.
  6. Reflect on 2 Corinthians 2:15. How are influence and aroma connected?
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