Nurses Christian Fellowship in Europe
Europe is a very diverse region, culturally, politically and economically. Most of the stronger Christian nursing fellowships are in the Nordic Countries (Finland, Denmark and Norway), the British Isles (England and Scotland) and in Spain, but there are many small groups and networks of Christian nurses forming in Eastern Europe, France and Germany. The countries where the fellowships are strongest are also mainly the more secular and wealthy nations, with well-developed nurse education and training, but where Christianity is increasingly marginal. In Eastern Europe, nursing is slowly developing a professional identity, but is still poorly paid and low status. Yet in many of these nations, the churches are strong and growing. As more of Eastern Europe joins the European Union, so more nurses from the East are working in the West and the North, so there are large movements of nurses around the region, many speaking more than two languages.
The challenge for NCFI in this region is encouraging and supporting the established nursing fellowship in the face of secularism, and helping them to connect with and support Eastern European Christian nurses working in their nations. In the East it is about developing supportive communities for Christian nurses, and connecting those leaving to work in the West with Christian fellowships in their host countries.
Training in spiritual care, leadership and witness are also a key part of our work, and sharing the resources and learning that we are all doing through the Internet and conferences. This is hard, because Europe is a very multilingual region, and there is no one common language that is widely used.
Report from Spain – March 2018
ANNUAL NCF (Grupo de Enfermeras Cristianas de España) MEETING
The group of Christian Nurses of Spain has had its annual meeting from February 23 to 25. This year has been a joint meeting with the Medicine, Psychology and Teachers groups. With assistance also from some pastors and other professionals.
The theme addressed was “God, sexuality and human development”. We have had two extraordinary speakers, Pablo M (Spain) and Glynn H (Brittany), the two were psychiatric doctors with deep biblical knowledge and a lot of professional experience.
We have had the opportunity to share what the group is doing at the national level and we have also presented NCFI of which we are part. Those who did not know about the existence of this group were pleasantly impressed by the passion we conveyed and some expressed their desire to get involved.
Download the full report in Spanish and English
XIV National Encounter of Christian Nursing with the motto “Humanizing the care”.
The last Regional conference was held 24 – 26 of March 2017 XIV National Encounter of Christian Nursing. Theme: “Humanizing the care”. The venue was Finca La Cardosilla, Avda Reina Victoria 35 in Los Negrales-Alpedrete (Madrid) Spain. Program included Bible expositions, conferences, a workcafe, the group’s annual general assembly and other activities.
NCFI Europe Member Countries
Spain (Enfermería Cristiana – EC)
Norway (Kristent Forum for Sykepleiere og Sykepleiestudenter – KFSS)
Finland (Suomen Sairaanhoitajain Kristillinen Seura – SSKS)
Denmark (Dansk Kristelig Sygeplejeforening – DKS)
Scotland (Nurses Christian Fellowship Scotland – NCFS)
England, Wales & Ireland (Christian Medical Fellowship – nurses and midwives)
NCFI Europe also has contacts in
Romania, Albania, Armenia. Ukraine, Moldova. Germany, Netherlands. Portugal, Malta.