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The team that writes, edits, designs, and publishes the Journal of Christian Nursing works collaboratively from diverse locations across the United States. These circumstances make it even more gratifying when the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) recognizes JCN in their annual awards competition.


In early April, ASHPE announced the 2019 winners. The Journal of Christian Nursing won two Gold Awards: Best Overall Use of Graphics in the April/June 2018 issue and Best Opening Page or Spread for the article, "Maternal Mortality & Injustice: A Closer Look" in January/March 2018. "The Long Journey of Alzheimer's Disease" by Monica Kennison and Elizabeth Long (October/December 2018) received a Silver Award for the best Opening Page or Spread Category, and a Bronze Award in the Best Feature Article Category. The Best Feature article award is particularly significant, as it recognizes the scholarly content of JCN. The journal staff, headed by Editor-in-Chief Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, is thankful to God for the creative gifts and skills he has given the staff in enabling them to produce a publication worthy of all these recognitions.



The cover feature in the April/June 2019 issue, Combating Food Insecurity: Addressing Health Beyond an Empty Pantry, offers myriad practical nursing insights, along with professional growth opportunity via the continuing-education credit option. Mark Wilkinson, a first-time journal author, explained how the experience unfolded for him.


"I met Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner at a faith-based nursing conference last year. She encouraged me to write up my presentation and send it to the Journal of Christian Nursing. The task of turning a Doctor of Nursing Practice capstone project into a readable journal article was a little daunting to me. I have never written an article for publication, and my teachers would confirm I'm not the best writer. However, I gave it a try."


"The editorial staff was extremely encouraging. The review process gave me great feedback to make sure I was getting my message across. Each step of the way, I received nothing but encouragement and helpful guidance. The process helped me grow as a writer. I look forward to the next time I have something to say. I'm grateful for the opportunity."


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On the continuing-education test for Promoting Successful Aging Through Faith Community Nursing, 35(4), doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000548, there was an error on question 10. The question should have referred to Rydholm et al. instead of the Ziebarth reference. We regret this error, and all answers to question 10 on the test will be considered correct.



In March 2019, the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 publicly introduced a consensus report "that will chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century." This path includes nurses' roles in improving the health of individuals, families, and communities by addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and providing effective, efficient, equitable, and accessible care across the care continuum.


Christian nurses have already embraced this endeavor. For example, family nurse practitioner Breanna Lathrop works to improve SDOH as CEO of Good Samaritan Health Center in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Breanna relates on the NCF blog how nurses can positively impact their own and neighboring communities. Find the blog post here:


Coming soon in JCN


* Measles and Vaccination: A Resurrected Disease and a Conflicted Response


* Spiritual Considerations for the Christian Student Nurse


* Perceptions of Health Promotion and Maintenance among Latinos Living in a Faith-Based Community: A Pilot Study


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


* A Career in Nursing: Calling and Choice


* Spiritual Care at the Bedside: Are We Practicing What We Preach?


* Nurse Perspectives on Spiritual Caregiving: Tending to the Sacred


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