Nurses Christian Fellowship

Sustaining Nursing’s Balance

Gordon Govier
May 4, 2017

National Nurses Week is May 6-12, and this year’s theme—“The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit”—recognizes the spiritual dimension of nursing care. In fact, it suggests that without spiritual care, nursing is unbalanced.

Nurses Christian Fellowship, a ministry of InterVarsity, has been sharing the spiritual dimension of nursing care rooted in the Christian faith with student and professional nurses since its beginning in 1948. Today there are 997 students and 112 faculty members participating in 88 Nurses Christian Fellowship groups at U.S.  colleges and universities. There are almost 300 professional nurses involved in 30 NCF local nurse chapters and 1,572 members of the NCF professional organization.

Christmas: A Change of Plans

Darlene R. Sredl, PhD, RN
December 16, 2016

InterVarsity’s Nurses Christian Fellowship helps nursing students, nursing faculty, and nursing professionals lay a foundation for their life and nursing practice that is centered in the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Author Darlene Sredl teaches at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. The following story, like the original Christmas story, is about a baby, inconvenience, a change of plans, and God’s miraculous response. This account is a condensed version of a story which appeared in the April/June 2015 issue of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Nursing Journal Recognized for Excellence

May 2, 2016

For Immediate Release

(Madison, WI) -- The Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN), published by InterVarsity’s Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) in partnership with Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, received recognition in four categories in the 2016 awards competition of the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE).

Nurses Christian Fellowship Director Named

December 7, 2015

For Immediate Release

(Madison, WI) --- Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner has been named national director of Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF). She will begin her new duties in July 2016. 

Kathy has served NCF as editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN) for the past 11 years. “Kathy brings over 35 years of experience and expertise to her new role: nurse, administrator, researcher, editor, and volunteer campus staff,” said Paul Tokunaga, InterVarsity vice president and director of Strategic Ministries. “She is highly regarded in both the Christian and secular nursing worlds. But foremost, Kathy is passionate about seeing nursing students come to a saving faith in Jesus and then be salt and light in healthcare.”

Jesus in the Clinic

Kathryn Brill
December 9, 2013

Healthcare professionals are often closest to some of the most intense physical suffering and pain. Because of this, Christians in healthcare have a unique opportunity to model Jesus’ incarnational love, being his hands and feet in a visible, tangible way. Heather Cutillo, a registered nurse and InterVarsity alumna, has had firsthand experience with living out her faith in the nursing world, and has seen the ways that the love of God still shines brightly in the dark places.

As a graduate student at Rush University, training to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, Heather heard a call from God to work in the field of urban health ministry. At the time, she was responsible for a patient with many financial and other difficulties, whose only support was the health clinic where Heather was working. Seeing how urban health centers could be a support network for those without one opened her eyes to the ways God could use her through urban health work.

Mobilized to Serve

Gordon Govier
May 6, 2011

“Trusted to Care” is the theme of National Nurses Week (May 6-12). Polls show that nursing is one of the most trusted professions; nurses offer care and comfort to people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. It is a huge responsibility.


A nursing student attending the National Student Nursing Association convention last month wanted to know, “Can we talk about God with our patients?”  Another student said, “I have so many questions about how to help my patients. I see they have spiritual questions and are afraid.”

Healing for the Healers

Shelley Soceka
April 23, 2010

What do nursing students identify as their top spiritual need? At a recent convention for 3,000 nursing students, an interactive exhibit by Nurses Christian Fellowship asked delegates to tag their top choice: inner peace, significance, belonging, security or comfort. Which would you choose?

“We weren’t sure what to expect when we asked the question,” said Renee Lick, NCF Director of Student Ministries. “But students quickly opened up to us – sharing their struggles and spiritual needs.

National Nurses Week

May 7, 2008

Nurses Christian Fellowship, (NCF), is celebrating National Nurses Week this week, along with hospitals and other health care agencies around the country. National Nurses Week is traditionally celebrated during the week before the birthday of Florence Nightingale, May 12.

NCF director Pat Emery said that the week is a time not only to honor nurses for the work that they do and the sacrifices they make but also to let people know that there’s a shortage of nurses.

Ready, Set, ...Rest?

Carrie Dameron
December 28, 2007

The phone rings early in the morning and a voice says, “Donna, we are short-staffed today. Can you come in?” The nursing program is doing a curriculum revision, and everyone agrees to schedule extra meeting dates to ensure its completion. A volunteer at the church calls: “Steve, Mrs. Lin had hip surgery and is coming home. Can you coordinate a team of nurses to visit her daily?”

These requests and other professional expectations are part of everyday work for nurses in all areas of practice.

A New Calling, and No Longer On Call

November 14, 2007

One of the benefits of her new job as director of Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) is that Pat Emery is no longer on call, as she has been for much of her professional life. She didn’t realize how much she would appreciate that. “I’m not tied to a cell phone or a pager as I was,” she says.

Now, instead of being responsible for the nursing care in one facility, she’s responsible for the spiritual care of nursing caregivers across the country.

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