NCF-Denmark (DKS) has three visions. In the following, we will give examples of how we have worked towards fulfilling each of them during the past year.

Caring Award

One of the visions of DKS is to strengthen Christian values in nursing care. As one way of obtaining this, we have launched a Caring Award. It was distributed for the first time at our Annual Conference in March this year to a person who was recommended as a role model for giving dignified care showing compassion and presence in his/her nursing practice. The intension is to distribute the award annually at our Annual Conferences. We were delighted that our professional magazine and the public press showed interest in the event and described it in their media. (This was an answer to prayer requested via the European prayer letter. Thank you!)

Spiritual care

Another vision is to contribute towards development of spiritual care. In the Northern part of the country, we arrange seminars on spiritual care twice a year. In order to attract nursing students we coordinate the dates with the local nursing collage to match the time when the students are taught spiritual care at the school. Last time the seminar was held at the local hospice and we had the largest number of participants so far: 42. We are happy that we have permission to have future seminars in the hospice as well.  October 1st we will have our next seminar. The theme is “Is there room for spiritual care in a high-tech unit?”

Another way of promoting spiritual care is by encouraging nursing students to participate in the international Spiritual Care conferences and offer them subsidies. This year we are supporting four nursing students to go to the conference in Oslo Sept. 24- 25th.

Anti-Stress Project

Our third vision is to point to the Christian faith as a relevant resource for nurses. The nursing profession is under an increased pressure these days – in Denmark as well as in other countries. The Danish Nursing Association – together with other organizations – recently made a study on how nurses experience their working climate. Every second nurse answers that their possibilities to carry out their work safely “often” or “always” are under pressure due to factors in the working environment.[1]

At our Annual Conference March 2015, our members expressed their frustrations over this situation. They suggested that DKS as a Christian organization offers help to our stress threatened colleagues. As a result, we have sought funding to offer needy colleagues a hotline, consultations by a Christian therapist, seminars on stress prevention, retreats etc. The project is meant to run in a three-year trial period. We appreciate your prayers for this.

Recent events

· October 1st 2015: Seminar North:             “Is there room for spiritual care in a high-tech unit?”

· November 24th 2015: Seminar South:       “The significance of rest in everyday life.”

Future events

· February 2016:                                          Start off Anti-Stress Project

· March 4-5th 2016:                                                 Annual Conference with focus on Stress Prevention &                                                                Christian Faith

Resources

· Payed staff:

o Nursing consultant 7 hours per week, Annette Langdahl

o Accounting assistent

· Voluntary workers:

o Five Committee Members meeting once a month via Skype and once a year ”live”

o Resource persons for sending out prayer letters, helping with home pages, writing articles, teaching, hosting Committee Meetings etc.

· Publications:

o News letters 2-3 times a year

o Prayer mails: 8 times a year

o Annual magazine

o Home pages: www.dks-forum.dk (info about DKS) & www.aandeligomsorg.dk (interactive site about spiritual care)

o Facebook sites: “Dansk Kristelig Sygeplejeforening” & “Forum for værdig pleje”

· Number of members: 249 (a slight increase during the past year).

Items for praise & prayer

· Thank God for a core of active and faithful members

· Please ask for more members

· Thank God for sufficient finances to cover expenses so far

· Please ask for a new – and the right – accounting assistant and for renewed energy to our treasurer who shall introduce the new assistant

· Thank God for our enthusiastic and energetic nursing consultant

· Please ask God for wisdom in use of her scarce working hours

· Please ask God for more Committee Members – and the right ones – to be elected at our Annual Meeting March 2016



[1] Karen Albertsen, Inger-Marie Wiegman, Johanne Jessen og Christian Nielsen: SAMMENHÆNG MELLEM KVALITET AF SYGEPLEJE OG

ARBEJDSMILJØ I SUNDHEDSSEKTOREN. TeamArbejdsliv i samarbejde med Dansk Sygeplejeråd. June 2015