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Have you discovered What's Vital yet? This new, regular JCN column probes a Scripture portion, considering the cultural facet and biblical context. Author Jan Wilson writes the content and applies a nursing perspective by concluding the column with questions for nurses to consider.


The first column addressed crossing racial, ethnic, religious, and social barriers to communicate with others different from ourselves. In this issue, Wilson considers how rest-frequently a commodity in short supply-may be experienced in unexpected places.


This addition to JCN can also be useful as a discussion topic or Bible study focus for nurses' groups. Let us know your opinion of this new column and how you're using it.



As the only nursing journal focused on practicing from a biblically-based, Christian perspective, JCN welcomes new and returning authors to submit manuscripts. The instructions for authors detail the types of articles published, how to submit your article, and the appropriate writing style. All articles are submitted online; a tutorial at the JCN editorial manager site walks first-time authors through this process.


Authors are encouraged to submit articles for columns, as well as longer manuscripts related to faith community nursing, healthcare missions, clinical topics for practicing nurses and educators, original research, and professional issues. Substantive, referenced teaching articles can be selected for the issue's CE feature; the publisher produces the CE test.


Articles typically are published 9 to 12 months after acceptance; revision may be needed, and editorial staff provide guidance with this process. All editing changes of accepted manuscripts are submitted for author approval prior to publication, whether in print or online.


To access the instructions for authors and other detailed information about the types of articles published in JCN, go to



Encouragement, ideas, successes, pertinent input from the Bible. These are all found on the NCF blog at This smorgasbord of articles, devotionals, news, and interviews brings into focus local nurse groups that are impacting peers and their communities; student groups and faculty advisors leaping out in faith; and interviews with NCF staff. Scripture-based content and guest posts from NCFI, our international sister organization, are served, along with thoughtful content from JCN authors.


Recently a candid, personal post by JCN contributing editor Kris Mauk on what she gained through physical pain brought this response from a reader:


I echo praise to God for teaching me gratitude for the simple things of life, like taking walks and picking flowers, after years of limitations due to severe back pain and numerous surgeries. His grace has turned loss into gain. Chronic pain continues to teach me to be grateful for times of relief and helps me be sensitive to the needs of others.


You can subscribe by email to the blog feed using the button on the blog page. Posts release every 6 to 10 days. Visit the website and see what you think.




* International Westberg Symposium, "In These Times: Serving Through Adversity" is April 8-10, 2019, at First Baptist Broad Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Find details here:


* Trinity Western University School of Nursing Faith & Nursing Symposium, "Inspiring Person-Centeredness: A Call to Action," May 8-10, 2019, held at TWU, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Get more information at:


* "Faith-Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities" is the theme of the 2019 Health Ministries Association Annual Meeting and Conference, October 11-14, 2019, in Erlanger, Kentucky. Find HMA's website at


* The NCF International World Congress "Clear Vision 2020, Opportunities and Challenges in Nursing Today: A Christ-Centered Response" convenes July 13-17, 2020, at Colorado Christian University near Denver, Colorado. For more information, go to


Coming soon in JCN


* Religious Faith and Diabetes Health Beliefs in a Homeless Population: A Qualitative Study


* Transition of Care from Hospital to Home: Faith Community Nurses Fill the Gap


* Evangelism in Patient Care: An Ethical Analysis


* Evidence-Based Compassion for those Who Suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder


* Ethics Committees: Team Perspectives and Organizational Responses


* Forgiveness and Spiritual Distress: Implications for Nursing


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