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Discussion Board

Journal of Christian Nursing: April/June 2021 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 130
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000818
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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!


Wounded Healers: Job Termination in Faith Community Nursing

Read: Ziebarth and Knighten, 108-115.

  1. What are the seven roles of a faith community nurse?
  2. When are faith community nursing programs most at risk for elimination, according to the authors? What are other factors for terminating a program?
  3. How do the feelings of terminated mental health workers compare with those of terminated FCNs? Why might this be?
  4. What preemptive strategies can be put in place to lessen the chance of a program being eliminated?
  5. Have you been terminated from a job or lost work due to a program cut? Describe your faith during this period. When and where did you sense God providing? When did you feel his absence? What sustained you during this period of loss?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:15. What factors regarding loss come to mind as you read? What might you need to guard against? What might be learned through the loss of a job or program?

Supporting Struggling Students Through Therapeutic Communication

Read Tyson and Schwartz Beck, 92-97.

  1. In what ways can therapeutic communication assist faculty and struggling students?
  2. Per the authors, SANDS as a mnemonic refers to what symptoms?
  3. In addition to active listening, what strategies can be implemented to assist struggling students? How might nursing students benefit long term from these strategies?
  4. Table 1 contains visible and less visible signs of SANDS. Which present most often in your students or patients? Increase your awareness of the less visible signs and consider how you will watch for these symptoms in your students or patients.
  5. Review the Therapeutic Communication Skills in Table 2.
  6. Considering Proverbs 18:13, Colossians 4:6, and James 3:13, describe how one's thoughts and words can be life-giving. Conversely, how do words lead to discouragement? How does this relate to therapeutic communication?

Quenching the Thirst of Body and Spirit

Read Diggins, 124-126.

  1. Describe the circumstances in which the author noted a physical need for water.
  2. The author states, “No training fully prepares a person to reconcile suffering.” As a Christian nurse, how do you respond—internally and externally—to suffering?
  3. In the sidebar, Schmidt writes, “Jesus invites us to maintain a vibrant healthy spiritual life by regularly filling up at the source: If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37-38, ESV). How are you spiritually hydrating daily? What signs of spiritual thirst do you develop when you're lacking meaningful time or intimacy with God?
  4. Reflect on John 7:37-38. What living waters flow from your life because of God's Spirit refreshing your thirsty spirit?

Compiled by Cathy Walker

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship