Between classes and clinics, nursing student experiences are unique. Nurses Christian Fellowship helps you navigate this intensive learning process and find a foundation for your life and nursing practice that is centered in the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
Before You Start
Be a learner! If you are not a nurse or nursing student, you may be surprised that you are entering into a new culture. To love and care well for nursing students, you will have to become a student too. Be a student of the nursing students and the program on your campus.
Here are a few tips from Nurses Christian Fellowship to start you on your journey.
- New traditional program nursing students are typically juniors. Even at junior colleges, they have already had ~ 60 hours of undergrad coursework and are now moving into the nursing program. Typically, admittance into traditional programs happens in April. (There are different programs: accelerated, entry-level to MSN, RN to BSN, etc.)
- Pre-Nursing students (freshmen, sophomores) have a heavy course load but typically more flexibility and time than nursing students.
- Try starting your outreach efforts a little later. Because nursing is so competitive and demanding, nursing students need to settle into their schedules before picking up a new commitment. Try starting your outreach 2-4 weeks into the semester.
- Nursing students stay with their cohorts throughout their time in nursing school. A cohort may be very small, just a handful of students. This means a Christian nursing student can be a catalyst to reach their whole cohort. It also means that outreach is intimidating, breaking the trust of the group is costly!
- Many nurses consider themselves spiritual. Spirituality is considered part of holistic care and can be an open door for nursing students to explore Jesus.
- Nursing students tend to be high-capacity students who are responsible and dutiful. It can be hurtful if you “drop the ball.”
- Nursing students tend to value professionalism and high quality. Try using resources that reflect high quality and professionalism.
- Nursing students are in clinics at various times of the day from 7am-10pm. Their time is more like a working professional than an undergrad student.
More Resources to Reach Nursing Students
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