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Teen Depression and Suicide: A Silent Crisis

Kroning, Maureen; Kroning, Kayla

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(2):78-86, April/June 2016.

How serious is adolescent depression? Around 11% of teens ages 12–17 and 30% of high school students suffered from depression in 2013; 17% contemplated suicide. Learn DSM-5 depression criteria and ways to intervene.

Nursing on Empty: Compassion Fatigue Signs, Symptoms, and System Interventions

Harris, Chelsia; Griffin, Mary T. Quinn

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(2):80-87, April/June 2015.

Much has been written about compassion fatigue but few healthcare organizations acknowledge, discuss, or offer help for it. Understand compassion fatigue and identify unit and organizational interventions.

Why a Faith Community Nurse Program? A Five-Finger Response

Ziebarth, Deborah Jean

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(2):88-93, April/June 2015.

The value of a faith community nursing program can be difficult to communicate concisely and effectively. Learn an easy “five-finger illustration” that can positively impact stakeholder perceptions.

Trauma-Informed Care: Helping Patients with a Painful Past

Koetting, Cathy

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(4):206-213, October/December 2016.

Life trauma often leads to lifestyle practices that impact the development of chronic disease. Learn about trauma-informed care to deliver superior care to patients that reflects insight into past trauma.

A New Culture of Leadership: Service Over Self

Kumar, Kamalini

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

Servant leadership has been around 30 years, but putting the concept into practice lags far behind. What are characteristics of a true servant leader?

Faith Community Nursing Scope of Practice: Extending Access to Healthcare

Balint, Katherine A.; George, Nancy

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1):34-40, January/March 2015.

An urban, faith-based, nurse-managed center shows how faith community nurses offering primary prevention, health maintenance, and chronic disease management, extend healthcare.

Bullying in Nursing: Roots, Rationales, and Remedies

Szutenbach, Mary Pat

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(1):16-23, January/March 2013.

Why are we uncivil and at times even hostile to each other in nursing? Where does bullying come from? Most importantly, what can we do about it? Learn about types of bullying, root causes, ways you can respond, and how to swim with sharks.

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?

See Me, See My Child: Glimpses Into Autism Spectrum Disorder

Fraley, Hannah

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(4):212-218, October/December 2015.

Families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (one in 68 children in the U.S.), speak of being othered—feeling like outsiders. Learn about ASD and how to create a welcoming environment for these children and their families.

After the Trenches: Spiritual Care of Veterans

Wynn, Stephanie T.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(4):219-223, October/December 2015.

Over a million veterans seek mental health services through the Veterans Health Administration yearly. Research reveals that integrating spiritual care into mental health interventions improves their ability to cope.

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.The CE test for this article is available only online at NursingCenter.com/CE/CNJ

Anxiety: Etiology, Treatment, and Christian Perspectives

Walker, Debra; Leach, Jane

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(2):84-91, April/June 2014.

Anxiety is a normal response to stress and danger but it can become excessive and uncontrollable for some people. Learn in depth about pathophysiology and treatment of anxiety, including nursing and Christian perspectives that can help.

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.

In healthcare, everyone seems to be doing more with less, feeling stressed and unappreciated. Discover a creative and simple way to affirm and encourage others in the workplace (and it doesn't cost money!).

Model for a Healthy Work Environment

Blevins, Jamie

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(4):E46-E49, October/December 2016.

The Healthy Work Environment model, focusing on PEOPLE and PRACTICE, provides a checklist of what is important in creating and sustaining a healthy work environment in education and practice.

Faith, Hope, and Spirituality: Supporting Parents When Their Child Has a Life-Limiting Illness

Crisp, Cheryl L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(1):14-21, January/March 2016.

Learn from literature, research, and this author's personal experience about how families employ spirituality and coping as their child becomes critically ill and faces death. Includes suggestions for best caring practices.

Religion and Ethics in Pluralistic Healthcare Contexts

Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl; Grypma, Sonya; Terblanche, Landa

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(1):E1-E6, January/March 2013.

More than 100 nurses from around the world gathered at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada for the 2012 Faith & Nursing Symposium: Religion and Ethics in Pluralistic Healthcare Contexts (May 10–12, 2012). Read about this landmark conference, how nursing is (re)engaging with religion, and find abstracts from over 40 presenters in this online open-access article.

From Doing to Being: Incorporating Faith into Diabetes Self-Care Education

Ammerman, Cathy Eden; Harden, Kelly; Mitchell, C. Ben

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(4):224-231, October/December 2015.

Many with diabetes see making long-term lifestyle changes as overwhelming. Discover tools that can empower a lifetime commitment to health.

Spirit-Guided Care: Christian Nursing for the Whole Person

Murphy, Lyn S.; Walker, Mark S.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(3):144-152, July/September 2013.

Despite a strong historical foundation in spiritual whole person care, nurses struggle with holistic caring. For the Christian nurse, holistic nursing can be described as Spirit-guided care – removing oneself as the motivating force and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide nursing practice.

Supporting Families in Neonatal Loss: Relationships and Faith Key to Comfort

Holston, Jane Treadwell

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1):18-25, January/March 2015.

Around 20,000 neonatal deaths occur each year in the U.S., many from congenital heart defects. Nurses in hospitals, faith communities, and as friends, can provide invaluable comfort to grieving families. Discover ways to offer compassion.

Pet Therapy: Dogs De-Stress Students

Young, Judith S.

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

Concerned about students' test anxiety, this nursing school librarian started offering her dog's soothing presence prior to exams. The response was so positive, an experiment was conducted to measure the effect. Anecdotal results suggest that pet therapy reduces test anxiety and improves student performance.

Case Study: Too Late for Salvation?

Mills, Deborah Stephens; Flynn, Kathleen T.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(1):42-48, January/March 2013.

Dying patients' relationship with God has been a long standing concern of Christian nurses. This case study, first published in 1985, explores a nurse's true experience of caring for a young man dying from leukemia. Other nurses and a theologian offer insight about appropriate spiritual care.

Palliative Care Doula: An Innovative Model

Lentz, Judith C.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):240-245, October/December 2014.

The palliative care doula supports patients and families during the traumatic and vulnerable period of end-of-life care.

Compassionately Caring for LGBT Persons in Your Faith Community

Sanders, Sarah

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(4):208-214, October/December 2012.

Surveys reveal that most gays align themselves with Christianity and one-third attend church regularly. The average age a person first experiences same-sex attraction is 13; the average age they “come out” is 15. Learn about LGBT, why gay persons are at risk for healthcare disparities, how to refer to health resources, and ways to be more welcoming for LGBT persons in a faith setting.

Surviving (Even Thriving?) in a Toxic Workplace

White, Paul E.; Schoonover-Shoffner, Kathy

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(3):142-149, July/September 2016.

A toxic workplace has unhealthy characteristics in three primary areas: sick systems, toxic leaders, and dysfunctional colleagues. Discover practical steps on how to survive, if not thrive, and impact all three areas.

Infant Mortality in Central Asia: Sad Statistics Come to Life

Meyers, Melissa R.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(2):117-119, April/June 2014.

How can nurses get involved in improving women's and infants' health in developing countries?

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.

Is dispensing thousands of dollars of pharmaceuticals in a community with limited literacy and health knowledge a safe practice? How can we improve safety and contribute to community health?

The Growing Global Pertussis Problem

Peake, Emily; McGuire, Lisa K.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(3):152-158, July/September 2014.

Pertussis or “Whooping Cough” is on the rise in the U.S. and worldwide; 50 million cases with 300,000 deaths are predicted this year. Nurses play a critical role in education, prevention, vaccination, and management of illness.

Spiritual Care in a Crisis: What Is Enough?

Fraley, Hannah; Theissen, Elmer J.; Jiwanlal, Shiloh

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(3):161-165, July/September 2014.

It's hard to know how to care spiritually for patients in crisis. A nurse shares her thoughts after caring for a mother who committed suicide after perinatal loss; a philosopher and mental health nurse specialist respond.

Picture This! Using Photovoice to Facilitate Cultural Competence in Students

Garner, Shelby

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

Digital images are easy to make and popular with today's undergraduate students. Photovoice is a qualitative research method used to express experiences of participants – and it can be used to help teach cultural competence.

Will the Real Nurse Please Stand Up? Improving Nursing's Image Through Faith-Learning Integration

Hargate, Carol

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(3):E27-E31, July/September 2015.

Embracing nursing's rich, Christian roots and seeing nurses today as equal partners in practice, education, and policy-making, will help future nurses influence nursing's image.

What Is the Essence of Spiritual Care? A Danish Hospice Perspective

Steenfeldt, Vibeke Ostergaard

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(3):150-155, July/September 2016.

This study explored patient, relatives, and healthcare professionals' experience of life and caring practice in hospice settings. A deeper understanding of spiritual care emerged.

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