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Ideas for Educators!

  • Creator:   Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
  • Updated:   3/14/2023
  • Contains:  88 items
Discover great ideas and problem solving tips for teaching today's nursing students--all from Christian educators. See the Service-Learning collection to explore teaching through service opportunities.
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Helping Bridge the Great Divides: Supporting Nurse Communication at End of Life

Lee, Sondra B.; Forehand, Jeffery W.; St. Onge, Judith L.; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 35(4):258-262, October/December 2018.

This study incorporated the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Core Curriculum Communication module into a nurse residency program.

Spiritual Nursing Care Education An Integrated Strategy for Teaching Students

White, Donna M.; Hand, Mikel

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(3):170-175, July/September 2017.

Abstract: The failure of nursing schools to integrate spiritual nursing care education into the curriculum has contributed to a lack in nurses' spiritual care ability. Developing, integrating, and testing a Spiritual Care Nursing Education strategy in an Associates of Science nursing program significantly increased the perceived spiritual care competence of student nurses. Utilizing a faculty team to develop learning activities to address critical spiritual care attributes offers a method to integrate spiritual nursing care content throughout the curriculum in ASN and BSN programs.

The Memory Quilt: Heart-and-Hands Learning for Palliative Care

Flanagan, Patricia; DeMetro, Nancy

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(2):120-121, April/June 2017.

Nursing students’ learning of adult and pediatric palliative care is a daunting experience. An effective initial teaching strategy using a Memory Quilt activity can improve nursing students’ interpersonal and communication skills and help prepare them for end-of-life caring. These skills help students meet patient and family needs, as they transition to care settings.

Demystifying Nursing Theory: A Christian Nursing Perspective

Schaffer, Marjorie A.; Sandau, Kristin; Missal, Bernita

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(2):102-107, April/June 2017.

This article briefly explains nursing theory, provides examples for applying theory to nursing practice, and proposes questions for examining the consistency of nursing theories with Christian perspectives.

Building Cultural Competence: The Lived Experience of Semester Study Abroad Students

Cox, Lauren; Crump, Lauren; Struwing, Renee; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(3):E35-E40, July/September 2017.

ABSTRACT: College students who participate in semester abroad programs have diverse but positive experiences. Variables such as the educational institution attended by the students and the location of the study abroad can affect the experiences of the students. There is minimal research concerning students from Christian colleges who study abroad. The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experiences of college students participating in a semester abroad program in a developing country. Seven college students were interviewed regarding their experiences by three senior nursing students who also participated in the study abroad program. Results indicated that major factors influencing students' experiences were related to cultural immersion, role relationships, challenges encountered, and personal growth. Students reported that relationships with people and faith in Christ were strengthened through the experience.

Use of Simulation in End-of-Life Care Education

Grabow, Debra

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(1):39-41, January/March 2017.

Using simulation to educate nurses on end-of-life (EOL) care helps focus more on the needs of the learner rather than the patient, and allows the learner to process feelings in preparation for a real experience. Incorporating simulation with a spiritual perspective is essential and needed in EOL nursing care.

End-of-Life Nursing Care and Education: End-of-Life Nursing Education: Past and Present

D'Antonio, Jocelyn

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(1):34-38, January/March 2017.

A goal of end-of-life nursing education is to produce nurses who are comfortable with death and dying and who have had the opportunity to reflect on their thoughts and feelings about end-of-life care. This article reviews the history, development, and teaching methods of end-of-life care, offering recommendations for future education.

Nursing in the Mercy Traditions: Engaging Students in the Life of Catherine McAuley

Kwasky, Andrea; Corrigan, Catherine

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(4):244-248, October/December 2016.

A10-day learning experience to Ireland helps nursing students them develop a philosophy of Mercy care and build cultural competence.

Strategies for Providing Spiritual Care & Support to Nursing Students

Milner, Kerry A.; Foito, Kim; Watson, Sherylyn

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(4):238-243, October/December 2016.

There is a paucity of literature on how to facilitate spiritual development in nursing students. This faith-based school uses strategies throughout the curriculum in the U.S. and abroad.

Patient Storytelling in the Classroom: A Memorable Way to Teach Spiritual Care

Garner, Shelby L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(1):30-34, January/March 2016.

Stories shared by patients with nursing students make spiritual care come alive and offer concrete examples of supportive spiritual resources for patient care planning.

Service-Learning and Interprofessional Education in Nursing: A Critical Need

Furr, Susan B.; Lane, Susan H.; Serafica, Reimund C.; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(3):162-167, July/September 2015.

What are best practices for implementation of service-learning and interprofessional education?

Evaluating Theory from a Christian Perspective: Transformative Learning Theory

Adkins, Cherie S.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(2):112-115, April/June 2015.

For Christian nurses, evaluating theories and interventions for compatibility with truths found in Scripture is essential.

Dealing with Academic Dishonesty: A Redemptive Approach

Nick, Jan M.; Llaguno, Marian

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1):50-54, January/March 2015.

Students must be held accountable, but as Christian educators, our way of being while disciplining students has to be different.

When a Student FAILS...


Journal of Christian Nursing. 22(4):28-33, Fall 2005.

There is no other issue in nursing education that causes more sleepless nights and personal searching.

Hospice Clinical Experiences for Nursing Students: Living to the Fullest

Spicer, Sherri; Heller, Rebecca; Troth, Sarah

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1):46-49, January/March 2015.

How can educators help students gain the competencies necessary to provide high-quality care to patients and families at the end of life?

Nursing Students' Perceptions of Adoption: Educational Preparation Needed

Foli, Karen J.; Forster, Anna; Lim, Eunjung

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):246-251, October/December 2014.

Most nurses struggle with understanding needs of the adoption triad--birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees. How can nurse educators help teach adoption care to students?

Classroom to Clinic: Incorporating Adolescent Spiritual / Faith Assessment into Nurse Practitioner Education & Practice

Haley, Janice M.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):258-262, October/December 2014.

Discover ways to help APNs address spirituality in patient care.

Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual Well-Being: Implications for Spiritual Care

Beauvais, Audrey M.; Stewart, Julie G.; DeNisco, Susan

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(3):166-171, July/September 2014.

Learn about integrating emotional intelligence into education and help students with spiritual care.

Teaching Spiritual Care to Nursing Students: An Integrated Model

Taylor, Elizabeth Johnston; Testerman, Nancy; Hart, Dynnette

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(2):94-99, April/June 2014.

Do you struggle with incorporating spiritual aspects into your teaching? This article offers excellent ideas for integrating spiritual care into all aspects of nursing education.

Practicing the Code of Ethics, Finding the Image of God

Hoglund, Barbara A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(4):228-233, October/December 2013.

The Code of Ethics for Nurses gives a professional obligation to practice in a compassionate respectful way unaffected by attributes of the patient. This article offers strategies and nursing interventions that support development of practice from a biblical worldview and the Code of Ethics.

Picture This! Using Photovoice to Facilitate Cultural Competence in Students

Garner, Shelby

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(3):155-157, July/September 2013.

The use of digital images is a prevalent practice in today's society, especially in social media. Photovoice can be utilized as a teaching and learning tool to facilitate cultural competence among undergraduate nursing students.

Spirituality for Credit: Finding a Place in the Secular Curriculum

Carson, Verna Benner; Gerardi, Ruth

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(1):34-37, January/March 2013.

This article first appeared in 1985 in JCN addressing the issue of incorporating spiritual care into nursing education. Author Verna Benner Carson offers an update about including spiritual content in nursing education today

Pet Therapy: Dogs De-Stress Students

Young, Judith S.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(4):217-221, October/December 2012.

Research supports the efficacy of the human-animal bond and pet therapy in a variety of settings. This articles relays how a Golden Retriever helped decrease student anxiety before exams.

Unhappy? Low Morale? Try The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

White, Paul E.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(3):144-149, July/September 2012.

Teach students five specific Languages of Appreciation that can be communicated in individualized ways to affirm, encourage, mediate stress, and improve student morale and be used in the workplace.

From Burden to Spiritual Growth: Korean Students' Experience in a Spiritual Care Practicum

So, Woi Sook; Shin, Hye Sook

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(4):228-234, October-December 2011.

Little is known about how students learn spiritual caregiving. Learn about a spiritual care course and practicum in South Korea, and how students were transformed by the experience.

Back to School: What I Learned Teaching Cross-Culturally

Secor, Christy

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(3):168-172, July-September 2011.

The need for nurse educators around the globe is prompting some to do short-term teaching internationally. This article shares practical insights and important revelations about teaching cross-culturally.

Living Out Our Values: The Legacy of Christian Academic Nursing Leadership

Coeling, Harriet V.; Chiang-Hanisko, Lenny; Thompson, Mary

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(1):24-30, January-March 2011.

Retired academic nursing leaders possess a rich legacy of knowledge. Discover insights from 14 retired Christian Chairperson/Deans about how they lived out their Christian values.

Master Mentor and Connoisseur Coach: Learn from the Best!

Nease, Beth

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(4):322-324, October-December 2010.

Mentoring and coaching positively impact novice nurse development, staff satisfaction, and patient care. In this article, mentoring and coaching are explored and best practices identified from the ministries of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.

Encouraging Academic Honesty: A Nursing Imperative

Johanson, Linda S.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(3):267-271, July-September 2010.

Academic dishonesty, whether intentional cheating or plagiarism, or unintentional sharing of work or confusion about referencing, is nothing new to the college environment but is especially disturbing within nursing. This article discusses how educators, students, university administration, and nurses can discourage cheating and plagiarism and promote honesty.

Perspectives & Perceptions: Spiritual Care and Organizational Climate in Christian Schools

Ramal, Edelweiss

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(2):91-95, April-June 2010.

Caring and spirituality are concepts Christian nursing programs transmit through explicit official, operational, and implicit hidden curricula. This study explored interrelationships between perspectives of spiritual care held by students and educators in Christian baccalaureate nursing programs, and their perception of organizational climate. Findings revealed students who felt better cared for tended to have more positive perspectives of spiritual care.

Promoting Ethical Development in Nursing Education and Beyond


Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(2):96-99, April-June 2010.

Nurses often encounter situations that require them to use ethical judgment. This article discusses how ethical decision making can be developed in students, new graduates, and nurses in practice.

A New Culture of Leadership: Service Over Self

Kumar, Kamalini

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(1):46-50, January-February-March 2010.

Servant Leadership, a 30-year-old leadership and management concept, is gaining popularity, especially in faith-based healthcare. Learn how to put servant leadership into practice with your students and help them become servant leaders.