1. Breitwieser, Maren
  2. Brown, Brandy

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JCN Appeals to Heart and Practice

As a new subscriber, I am especially impressed with the helpfulness of the articles in JCN. Rushing's article, "Am I Going to Die, Aunt Deborah?" (Vol. 29, No. 2) is well done, appealing to the heart and to practice. I first heard about Kubler-Ross/stages of death/dying in nursing school in the late 1970s. I recall how the author had stated that she'd never heard people regret not building a bigger home or whatever (in contrast to regrets patients voiced about not spending more time with family, etc.). I've found the book Tear Soup helpful in processing grief. Available at, I regularly give it out to families who have lost a loved one.


I loved Grypma's column, "The Legacy of Ordinary Nurses" (Vol. 29, No. 2). I am moved recalling how Elizabeth "Betty" Thomson Gale's daughter didn't realize she was raised in a prison camp until she was an adult due to Betty's care for her daughter during that internment!


Terrific Conference

Close to 150 attended the 3rd Biennial Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, June 18-21, 2012. A great time of personal and professional enrichment was had by all. Kudos to Indiana Wesleyan for a well-run conference, and thanks to the IWU, Nurses Christian Fellowship, and Eta Chi Sigma Theta Tau staff who made this a terrific event. JCN received this letter from one enthusiastic participant:


I was just in awe at what God is doing in the lives of the nurses I met and the people who are affiliated with JCN and NCF. What a wonderful organization that truly integrates faith and nursing. I found myself wanting more after this one!!


Plan now to attend Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing 2014!


JCN To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

The Journal of Christian Nursing turns 30 in 2013. The January/March 2013 issue will note this accomplishment. Help us celebrate by sending your letters, feedback, and any comments. We'd love to hear stories of how JCN has helped you and made a difference in your nursing. Send comments to and include a CTA (see below) if you'd like your submission printed in JCN. Watch for a few surprises and guest authors in the celebratory issue and coming year.


Urbana 2012 Student Missions Conference

Since 1946, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has hosted a triennial student missions conference. Plans are underway for Urbana 2012, InterVarsity's 23rd Urbana conference, to be held in St Louis, Missouri, December 27-31, 2012. Urbana 2012 will offer over 200 tracks and seminars and attract over 250 organizations working in over 150 countries that are passionate about investing in and mentoring you. You'll come away with a global vision for the amazing work God is doing throughout his world. If you're under 30, hungry to discern God's direction for your life, want to serve underresourced communities and people groups, and want to further your understanding of God's global mission, consider attending Urbana 2012.


Read about how Urbana has changed lives, what to expect, watch Urbana videos, learn about or contribute to scholarships, and sign up for Urbana e-News at


Practicing Needed

JCN is soliciting submissions for our Practicing column, 700 words sharing a meaningful nursing experience that will encourage and inspire others (as well as yourself!). Submit at


Coming soon in JCN


* Why Nurses Bully and How We Can Stop It


* Code Blue-A Family Matter?


* Prison Break!


* Christ's Self-Care Practices: A Model for Nurses


* Help Older Adults Manage Medications


* From Missions to Nursing: Learning to Serve


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-Maren Breitwieser


-Indianapolis, IN


-Brandy Brown


-Michie, TN