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Healthcare Missions

  • Creator:   Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
  • Updated:   9/12/2023
  • Contains:  57 items
Healthcare missions has undergone radical change since the 1980s -- emerging from long-term foreign mission service to short-term medical outreach at home and abroad; from a "doing for" mentality to a community health development model of "coming alongside" and empowering. Learn about best-practices in healthcare missions and what makes for effective outreach from committed and experienced long and short-term nurse missionaries.
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Building Resilience Among Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Through the Memory Book Intervention

Braband, Barbara J.; Faris, Tamara; Wilson-Anderson, Kaye

Journal of Christian Nursing. 35(3):184-190, July/September 2018.

A qualitative phenomenological research explored the lived experiences of orphaned children, adolescents, and caregivers who had used the Memory Book intervention in India, Kenya, and South Africa.

Building Effective Medical Missions with Servant Leadership Skills

Johanson, Linda

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(2):122-126, April/June 2017.

Nurses are naturally drawn to service opportunities, such as short-term medical missions (STMM), which hold great potential to benefit health. But STMMs have been criticized as potentially being culturally insensitive, leading to dependency, inadvertently causing harm, or being unsustainable. Utilizing servant leadership skills, nurses can effectively build community, vision, and sustainability into STMM projects.

The Pad Project: A Global Initiative Uniting Women

Raines, Michele; Garner, Shelby L.; Spies, Lori A.; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(1):42-47, January/March 2017.

The Pad Project is a women's health program used to educate women on their monthly menstrual cycles. Through this ministry, women who do not have access to menstrual hygiene products are given sustainable hygienic kits to promote menstrual health

Spiritual Darkness: Reflections on a Medical Mission

Jimenez, Rosalinda Ramirez

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(4):220-224, October/December 2016.

What can you do when you find yourself in a mission situation of spiritual darkness? This author shares how she dealt with feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and defeated.

From Checklist to Awareness: Hearing God's Call to Missions

Snead, Victoria; Moss, Julie A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(3):159-161, July/September 2016.

This student experience of international community health nursing in Cape Town, South Africa, illustrates the value of missions that provide health training and education to lay persons, and the calling of God to serve him through nursing.

Discovering Healthcare Missions: Nurse on a Mission: A Journey Toward Spiritual Caring

Leonard, Diane Beth

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(3):156-159, July/September 2016.

Embarking on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, to serve as a nurse, I believed I failed because my experience wasn't clinical. On a second mission trip to Lourdes, learning ways to spiritually connect with clients transformed my definition of nursing care and understanding of what gifts I can offer in service to others.

Caring for the Vulnerable: An Exploration of Guatemalan Healthcare Issues

Johanson, Linda

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(1):44-49, January/March 2016.

As the world becomes increasingly culturally diverse, nurses need to have knowledge of health issues for various ethnicities in order to provide culturally sensitive and competent care.

Preparing Health Professions Volunteers to Serve Globally

Carey, Rebekah E.; Carter-Templeton, Heather; Paltzer, Jason

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(4):242-249, October/December 2015.

Expand your global health knowledge and learn about a program designed to improve competencies needed for global service.

Healing, Healthcare, Missions, and the Church

Jarlsberg, Connie

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(1):24-27, January/March 2014.

How does a church and its people live missionally?

Potential Pitfalls of Short-Term Medical Missions

Hawkins, Janice

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(4):E1-E6, October/December 2013.

By minimizing pitfalls, short-term medical missions can provide needed services with a positive impact.

Challenges and Trends in Global Healthcare Missions

Tazelaar, Grace

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(3):152-157, July-September 2011.

The world is changing with astonishing speed. How is this impacting healthcare missions and the vision to bring health and healing among all peoples of the world?

Service-Learning Abroad: A Life-Changing Experience for Nursing Students

Hawkins, Janice Evans; Vialet, Channel L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(3):173-177, July/September 2012.

Service-Learning: Education With a Missions Focus

Wright, Dolores J.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(4):212-217, October-December 2011.

Nursing students want to be involved in missions to serve, study abroad, and develop cultural competence--and educators want to teach them! Service-learning partnerships can meet educational needs and more.

The Perils and Promise of Short-Term Healthcare Missions

Seager, Gregory; Seager, Candi; Tazelaar, Grace

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(3):262-266, July-September 2010.

How can we improve safety and contribute to community health in short-term healthcare mission outreach?

Free Health Clinic Links College, Church, and Community

Carey, Rebekah Albrecht; Fricke, Jonathan

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(2):88-91, April-June 2011.

Granville Neighborhood Health Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offers free healthcare services to the uninsured and a clinical site for nursing and other students at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Prepare, Flex, Serve: Short-term Mission Reflections

Highfield, Martha E.F.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 26(4):226-231, October-November-December 2009.

Simple but important lessons learned by this nurse about preparation, being in the field, reentry, and wrap-up can help you prepare for effective short-term healthcare mission service.

Universal Principles for Culturally Sensitive Diabetic Education

Hoffman, Anthony

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(4):294-299, October-December 2010.

Nurses regularly care for patients from countries and faith traditions that impact how they manage illness. Unearth insights for culturally sensitive care with a diabetic educator who worked in West Africa.

Healthcare Missions: MOBILIZING Communities for Health

Stanley, Otis L.; Stanley, Mickey

Journal of Christian Nursing. 25(2):87-91, April-June 2008.

What does community health development look like in a developing country? The authors share a mission approach that focuses on health promotion rather than curative medicine and on building local capacity, meeting felt needs of the community in order to establish trust.

When God Calls You to a HARD PLACE


Journal of Christian Nursing. 22(2):38-40, Spring 2005.

Missionaries in restricted countries must meet physical or academic needs as an avenue toward the spiritual. Can healthcare ministry make a difference?

Good Out Of HIV/AIDS?

Tazelaar, Grace

Journal of Christian Nursing. 24(1):8-14, January-March 2007.

A missionary nurse who served on the forefront of the pandemic in Uganda when HIV was emerging discusses positive things that have come from HIV/AIDS. Read profound lessons God taught her.