Associate Professor of Nursing
BS, BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, 1985
MS, INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, 1991
Nursing is a great profession. There is so much opportunity to help people and to make a difference in other’s lives by providing skilled, thoughtful and competent nursing care. Nursing Care can consist of, but is not limited to, the following:
- Providing a caring touch and listening ear to a young couple who has just learned that their newborn has a life-threatening heart defect
- Performing life saving measures to that same infant in the neonatal intensive care unit
- Helping school age children to gain access to immunizations
- Teaching classes on diet and disease management for newly diagnosis diabetic persons.
- Delivering necessary chemotherapy infusions in the outpatient cancer center to the woman with cancer who comes to the center on a weekly basis.
- Changing the dressing on the wound of an older gentleman who had a hip replacement done.
- Educating lay leaders in a rural village in Haiti on how to carry out well child visits in their village.
- Praying with an anxious young woman awaiting surgery.
It seems that nurses are often the ones who are there when people are most in need. The ones who provide not only the physical care, but the emotional, psychological and even spiritual support.
Providing spiritual support is increasingly seen as not only a good thing to do, but a necessary intervention. Nurses are expected to be able to know how to navigate these waters with people. I am particularly drawn to this part of nursing, having served in pastoral ministry for many years. However, lest I perpetuate the myth that pastors and hospital chaplains are the only ones who are qualified to provide spiritual care, let me say that digging into the topic of spiritual care is something that we do at Goshen College. We don’t pretend to have it all figured out, but we do believe that its an important part of being a professional nurse.
I hope you find the link to the articles interesting.
Spiritual Care In Nursing (Sage Publications)
- Introduction to Concepts in Nursing (N210):
- This is the first nursing class once you are accepted into the program! We have alot of fun and good learning in this class.
- Concepts and Strategies in Nursing (N211):
- In this class, you learn many of the skills that nurses carry out.
- Supervision of Adult Health Clinicals (N307):
- This course is part of the Junior year.
- Nursing Leadership Clinicals (N409):
- The last nursing class that you take before graduating! In this course you learn how to manage care for not only one person, but several patients.
Attends Granger Community Church, Granger IN, and is part of the writing and editing team of GCC.
Volunteer with Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition
Accumulation of 13 years teaching experience at Goshen College.
Participated in mission trips to Senegal, West Africa.
Has traveled to: Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Congo, Senegal.