Working in healthcare is no easy gig—and the profession carrying the lion’s share of the caring role, is nursing.
With hospitals strained, technology rapidly changing, and new ethical dilemmas emerging, nurses are a constant, faithful presence: giving hands-on care to patients around the clock.
But who looks after the nurses?
Enter, the Nurses Christian Fellowship Australia (NCFA). They are one of many support networks helping nurses grow in their profession – in this case, for nurses of Christian faith. Founded in 1913, the NCFA has been serving Christian nurses and midwives across Australia, from cities to remote rural areas, for 106 years.
On Saturday, September 7 at Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Croydon, the NCFA is holding its national conference, and nurses and midwives of all experience levels are encouraged to come along, connect, and be supported.
The theme of the conference is Faith at Work, with speakers on topics like a Biblical perspective to nursing, and Indigenous perspective, and a new graduates’ perspective.
Head of the NCFA, Gabrielle Macaulay, said that it was important for nurses of faith to keep looking at their work through a spiritual lens.
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“The health care setting is a busy work environment, with a changing landscape of ethics, expectations and often high stress situations,” she said.
“Our mission is to provide a Christian perspective on current nursing issues, by providing workshops, courses and resources to support our members through their work environment.”
“The health care setting is a busy work environment, with a changing landscape of ethics, expectations and often high stress situations.”
One of the courses delivered by the NCFA is “The Art and Science of Spiritual Care”. Accredited by the Australian College of Nursing, it explores how nurses can give practical spiritual care to patients, treating them as a whole person – rather than just “a broken arm”, for example.
“Recently we taught this course to around 30 Christian nurses at Orange, who were so happy to have some support and teaching in this field,” Gabrielle said.
Nurses Christian Fellowship Australia affiliated with Nurses Christian Fellowship International, an organisation working throughout Asia, Europe and America.