One of the biggest things I have seen day in and day out: This world needs Jesus. Desperately. People have so many deep sorrows and struggles in life, yet we are privileged as nurses to walk with them through these very difficult times. One of my favorite passages in regards to Christian nursing is Matthew 25:34-40,”Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”. This was my alma mater’s, Northwestern College, theme verse for our nursing department and one that has really stuck with me. If I have learned one thing being a Christian nurse it is this: True joy cannot be found in our circumstances, because our circumstances will always disappoint. True joy is only found in a relationship with Christ. When Christ, our relationship with him, and what He has done for us, is the source of our joy, no matter what life throws us, no matter what diagnoses we may receive or our patients may receive, there is still joy. God didn’t intend for us to live life without joy.
A word of advice I would give: fill your cup. Nursing can wear and tear on a person’s body, soul, and spirit. We end up feeling burned out and useless. Don’t let this happen! Take time to fill your cup. What do I mean by this? Blast that praise music to and from work. Spend time in the word. Spend time in prayer. Converse with fellow believers. Encourage one another. While nursing can be tiring and draining, let God fill you with His presence and His spirit. On the days I have taken time to do this, I feel so much more refreshed. Lastly, keep the faith. We will see things as nurses that absolutely break our hearts. Things that we will never understand and things that shake our faith and may even cause us to question from time to time God’s love. Seek God in those moments and continue to keep the faith and be led forth in joy. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” 1 Peter 1:8
–Jessica Locker, RN