National Nurses Month: A ministry opportunity

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

nurse in hospitalA spokeswoman for a ministry that aims to establish and advance in nursing witnessing communities who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord is urging believers to encourage and pray for the nurses in their communities, especially this month.

Christy Secor of Nurses Christian Fellowship says her organization is hearing from nurses throughout the country who say they are spent and exhausted.

"It's not just nurses, but nursing students … because of changes that they are going through in their own educational process," she shares.

Last year, Secor published a piece in the Journal of Christian Nursing called "Surviving the Trauma of COVID."

"One nurse told me, 'I'm barely upright. More than 80 hours in the last week. All our patients are on ventilators. I do this work to help people; now we just help them die. The patients who are awake and understand cry when I hold their hand and pray aloud to them while they try to breathe. I do that with every single one of them. We're getting crushed physically and emotionally. Every day it gets worse,'" relays Secor. "That's what we are hearing from a number of people in nursing."

That has resulted in a lot of questions about what is going on and where God is, "and it's also been a great opportunity for them to be able to connect," adds Secor. "They're finding a lot of support through connection, and I'd say connection is one thing that we have really learned we all need."

Secor

Secor recommends churches and Sunday school classes be in prayer for the people in nursing, those in their congregations and those in their communities.

"You could send a note of encouragement just to say, 'We want to recognize the work that you do' and, 'Thank you for the support you provide our community,'" suggests Secor. "You could also look at doing something where maybe you provide a gift basket."

Meanwhile, Nurses Christian Fellowship is offering free Bible studies.

"Nurses Month is divided into four unique weeks, and we're offering a new Bible study each week, something that is geared towards nurses," explains Secor. "We also have a prayer ministry where we have a group of nurses who are volunteering to pray for other nurses across the country."


Editor's note: Prayer requests from nurses can be emailed to NCF@intervarsity.org

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