1. Koshy, Christeena RN, BSN

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Changes at IPNRC

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) moved from the Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry Network in St. Louis to the Church Health Center (CHC) in Memphis on October 1, 2011. Since 1986, the IPNRC has been a leading voice in parish nurse education, consultation and research, serving parish nurses and programs in the United States and abroad. Since 1988, the CHC has trained more than 1,000 lay health leaders to serve in congregations and has produced resources and curricula addressing health and wellness issues.


"We are thrilled Church Health Center will be the new home for the IPNRC," said Rev. Dr. Deborah Patterson, former executive director of the IPNRC and current executive director of Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries. "The IPNRC is in a place to take the organization to the next level - with strong leadership and commitment to the vision of Granger Westberg for wholistic healthcare through congregations."


For information about the organizational transition of the IPNRC, contact Rev. Stacy Smith at


Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference

Mark your calendars! The Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference will be a thought-provoking event providing inspiration and support for educators, clinicians, students, and researchers in the nursing community. Indiana Wesleyan School of Nursing, Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF), and Eta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International co-sponsor the event on the campus of IWU in Marion, Indiana, June 18-21, 2012 . See for information.


Urbana Student Conference 2012

Plans are underway for Urbana 2012 in St Louis, Missouri, December 27-31, 2012. Speakers and seminar leaders teach from global ministry experience and perspectives. Learn from gifted leaders and hundreds of mission agency representatives and meet thousands of Urbana participants seeking their place in God's global mission. See for information.


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NCF @ Work!

Check out the new NCF @ Work! column in this issue helping you get to know Nurses Christian Fellowship and what God is doing through NCF. Learn about member benefits, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and an exciting new Bible study from InterVarsity called "Launch."


Coming soon in JCN


* Diverticular Disease: Promoting Optimal Health


* A Nursing Perspective from Genesis and Creation


* When an Infant Dies: Supporting Students and Staff


* Lament: A Rhythm of Grief and Hope for Nurses


* Caring for Yourself in a Stressful World


* Perceptions of the Character of God in East African Women with HIV


* Church Access to Defibrillation


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-Christeena Koshy, RN, BSN


Port St. Lucie, FL