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Discussion Board

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000798
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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 or nurse fellowship groups!

When Healthcare Isn't Enough: A Christian Response to Social Determinants of Health

Read: Lathrop, 16-23.

  1. What does the author list as some factors of social determinants of health (SDOH)?
  2. The author writes, “An initial step involves examining personal biases and narratives that can negatively impact interactions with our patients and people groups.” Of your patients, who comes to mind? Why? What work do you need to do to avoid bias?
  3. Discuss implicit bias. How does it differ from personal bias?
  4. Determine an individual change you can work on to promote health equity. What's your first step?
  5. Why is knowledge about SDOH valuable for nurses in any setting? Where might God be moving you to begin influencing change in your health system or community?
  6. Meditate on James 2:1-7 and Psalm 82:3-4. What do we learn about God's view of people? Describe God's heart toward the poor and outcast, based on Scripture. What other verses would you add to this list?

A Primer on the Good Samaritan Act

Read McDevitt and McDevitt, 28-31.

  1. Prior to reading this article, how familiar were you with the Good Samaritan Act? What did you learn?
  2. The authors state, “Nurses should learn and stay updated about the laws of their state to practice competently and safely in their jurisdiction.” Take the time to read legislation for the state in which you live.
  3. Have you come across an accident or other emergency where you rendered assistance? Did legal matters come to your mind before helping? After helping?
  4. The authors note circumstances under which a nurse can be held liable. List some.
  5. Review the Key Points for Action.
  6. Read Luke 10:25-37. In what ways did the Samaritan offer roadside assistance? Consider this: Do you think he had to overcome any personal bias to assist someone who'd most likely look down on him? What implications does this teaching have for your life and nursing practice?
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NCFI: Nursing as a Calling in Zambia

Read Mwendafilumba, p 8.

  1. Describe the circumstances in which the author practices nursing.
  2. When supplies or staffing are limited, how do you typically respond? What does the author do to move beyond the limitations? Are there changes needed in your nursing practice that can enable you to work with a similar mindset that exemplifies Christ, no matter the circumstances?
  3. As a Christian nurse, how do you respond—internally and externally—if taken advantage of by your colleagues?
  4. Reflect on Colossians 3:12-17. Describe how this empowers you to work in your practice setting.

Compiled by Karen Schmidt and Cathy Walker

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship