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Nursing Resources
for Those with Chronic
Illness and Pain

Being a nurse is definitely a calling and for those who are a Christian nurse practitioner. It can be challenging as you may find Christian nurses in moral conflict with a patient. There can be many ethical dilemmas in nursing from the Christian perspective. Some even say that there a nursing shortage can cause a lack of care from a Christian view.

We've put together a list of resources, articles, ministries and other materials we think will be helpful for Christian nurses when you are caring for chronically ill patients. We'd love to hear your suggestions, or even articles, to add to this page, especially from Christian nurses who live with a chronic illness themselves.

Questions you may have
Facts you should know
Resources
Articles of interest
Ministries
Books of interest
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There aren't that many chronically ill people in my church, right? According to the Chronic Care in American study nearly 1 in 2 people in the USA live with chronic illness or long-term pain.

How much does a HopeKeepers group cost? Our web site has a lot of free materials. You a buy a HopeKeepers Start Up Kit to completely provide your HopeKeepers leader with a tool chest of items to prepare with and use in handling not only those tough small group personal questions, but the difficult ones about "Why am I not healed yet?" It is $295 or items can be purchased separately.

Why do we need a HopeKeepers ministry?
  • Nearly 1 in 2 people have an illness; 96% of illnesses are invisible. 75% of marriages with illness end in divorce;
  • Depression is 15-20% higher for the chronically ill than for the average person;
  • Various studies have reported that physical illness or uncontrollable physical pain are major factors in up to 70% of suicides; and more than 50% of these suicidal patients were under 35 years of age.
  • However, the significance of one's faith has shown to lower one's risk of depressive symptoms and aid one in better handling a stressful medical event. * Sources

Illness is not a condition of just the elderly. Illness is extremely difficult to live with. Those who are Christians still feel alone, misunderstood and hurt by the reactions or lack of acknowledge of those they love, especially people in the church body.


Who should run our group? Rest Ministries only requirement of HopeKeepers groups is that someone reside in some form of leadership that lives with illness. We want to make sure those who are ill can sill use their gifts, as well as keep the content authentic.
Where do I start? Discover who may have this calling and present HopeKeepers to them. If someone is coming to you with the idea, be open-minded, listen, empathetic, and see how God can use one's pain to design their ministry. One doesn't have to be healed in order to serve the Lord.
Things Nurses Should Know

Are You Talking to Your Patients About Their Faith?

A recent poll revealed that 63% believe it ís good for doctors to talk to patients about spiritual faith--and nurses spend even MORE time with the patient. Yet only 10% say a doctor has talked to them about their spiritual faith as a factor in physical health. USA Weekend Feb. 16-20, 1996 A great way to reach them is through Scripture Scrubs!

Nurses are Trusted!

Women spend an average of 20 minutes or more talking about health concerns with their nurse practitioner (median time: 34 minutes research shows) – and they trust nurses more than any other type of health care provider (Gallup Polls, The Cochrane Library Review). For 9 of the last 10 years, nurses have been listed in Gallup Polls as the most trusted professional group in the United States, scoring higher than judges, police officers and doctors.

Nurses are more likely than doctors to recall their patients by name and remember their health care problems ...Each interaction with women reinforces what they know to be true and builds upon a relationship of trust and partnership.

As consumers make a shift in primary care providers, nurse practitioners are emerging to take on the bulk of primary care in the U.S. —DTC Journal, 2006

Resources Nurses Should Have on Their Desks
Nursing Articles of Interest
  • Article: When the Doctor Becomes Ill, Interview with Dr. Carrie Carter
  • Article: What do Patients Really Want?
Books of Interest for Christian Nurses



Nurses Ministries of Interest
 




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