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Articles from Winter 2022

a patient I learned from

You go into nursing to make people better, right? Well, what do we imagine that looks like? Have we done our jobs well if our patients leave our care with seemingly greater needs than they had before? Or is that an inevitable, natural progression of illness, injury, and life? Is...

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nursing & midwifery culture: the good, the bad & the ugly

Culture: the customs and social behaviours of a particular people. And as nurses and midwives, we certainly have our own. What first comes into your mind when you think about the hallmarks of our culture - good things or bad things? At CMF, we often talk about being counter-cultural and...

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under the spotlight: midwifery overseas

Spotlight: Hello Ruth! Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed for our magazine, we really appreciate it. How did you become a midwife? Ruth Sloman: I studied nursing to begin with because I felt God calling me to work in resource-poor settings. During my student elective, an African doctor told...

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letter to my newly qualified self

Firstly, well done! You've done it. All those hours spent acquiring new nursing skills has led you to this moment. You stand at the doors of your new hospital on your first day. Now all that is left to do is walk in. Where excitement once sat, anticipation now stands,...

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on this our battle ground

Is it just me, or does each shift currently feel like entering a war zone? Steeling yourself before you dare set even one foot out of bed, dragging your body shower-wards weighed down by a heavy backpack of dread and clumsy hobnail boots? There's new chaos. New flaming arrows. And whilst...

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Jesus also wept

We don't tend to cry in public. It's just too raw. Too honest. Too embarrassing for words. This was the battle I had one Sunday, sitting shoulder to shoulder, hemmed in before and behind, by my church family. Rejoicing in our Lord Jesus. Blasting out his praise with gladdened hearts...

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a patient I rejoiced over

I work as a psychiatric liaison nurse in the emergency department of a big hospital. We assess people in mental health crises and are at a high risk of harming themselves and or others. Recently on a night shift, I assessed an acutely unwell gentleman who had never had contact...

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is our God able?

A quick sigh escaped my lips as I shuffled through the sea of paper on the desk to find the new admission's notes. He had only been in the side room for five minutes, but already his notes were deep under a pile of documents, dressing packs and pharmacy bags. I...

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lead us to the rock

How are you feeling? Tired? Have you been stuck in a sense of perpetual exhaustion for most of this year like me? As if nursing was not hard enough before, many of us have worked through a global pandemic, our shoulders gradually slumping from the weight of the broken hearts...

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counting the numbers game

In this day and age, our lives are governed by numbers, and we, as nurses, are not immune to it. It's fascinating how important numbers are for us. Especially as an ITU nurse, I have been conditioned to the extent that living by numbers is a habit, a subconscious act....

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work hard, play hard

Nurses are known for working hard and playing hard.And as a Christian nurse?I work hard and play hard too! You see, when I turn up to work, I am there to serve You will get my best, and I will go above and beyond Because I'm there to serve God too I will work...

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Liturgy for returning to work

Heavenly Father, thank you for this job. What a blessing it is to work! To do something useful with my hands and for the money it earns me. I lament for the million-plus people in this country who don't have jobs to get up for today. [2] For those who...

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Editorial

ticket to ride

I am not one for heights, yet a couple of years ago, my daughter persuaded me to join her on a terrifying rollercoaster ride named the Rip Ride Rockit (at Universal Studios). This rollercoaster travelled at 65 mph speeds, 90-degree angles, and the only thing that kept me going was...

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