A Nurse’s Role in Healing: Insights From Nurse Coleman

A Nurse’s Role in Healing: Insights From Nurse Coleman May 22, 2024

In this article, I explored the profound contributions of nursing to healing as depicted in the Bible. Drawing inspiration from a conversation with Carolyn Coleman, a veteran nurse of 37 years and co-author of the upcoming anthology and devotional, “The Women of the Waiting Room: Surgery for Your Soul,” we talked about the biblical verses that highlight the importance of nursing in promoting natural healing.

Nursing in the Bible

Nursing played a vital role in biblical times, with caregivers providing essential care and support to those in need. Nurses, often portrayed as nurturing and compassionate figures, embodied the qualities necessary for healing. Their presence brought comfort, solace, and physical aid, reinforcing the significance of their role.

Verses in the Bible on Nursing and Healing:
1. Isaiah 66:13 (New International Version):
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
This verse beautifully illustrates the tender care and comfort provided by nurses. It highlights the nurturing aspect of their role, mirroring the way a mother cares for her child.

2. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 (New Living Translation):
“As apostles of Christ, we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead, we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children.”
Here, the apostle Paul compares his own caregiving approach to that of a mother. It emphasizes the selflessness, gentleness, and dedication exhibited by nurses in their service to others.

3. Matthew 25:36 (English Standard Version):
“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
While not explicitly mentioning nursing, this verse encapsulates the essence of caring for the sick and vulnerable. Nurses, embodying the teachings of Christ, provide physical and emotional support to those in need.

The Impact of Nursing on Healing:
The contributions of nursing extend far beyond biblical times, as nurses continue to play a crucial role in healing today. Their unwavering commitment, expertise, and compassion contribute to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of patients. By providing holistic care, nurses help restore health and promote overall healing.

Today, nurses play a multifaceted role in promoting the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of their patients. Here are some ways in which nurses contribute to each aspect:

1. Physical Well-being:
– Direct Patient Care: Nurses provide hands-on care, including administering medications, monitoring vital signs, and managing treatments. They ensure patients receive the necessary medical interventions and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to optimize physical health outcomes.
– Health Education: Nurses educate patients on disease prevention, self-care practices, and healthy lifestyle choices. By empowering patients with knowledge and skills, nurses promote long-term physical well-being.

2. Emotional Well-being:
– Emotional Support: Nurses offer a compassionate and empathetic presence, addressing patients’ emotional needs during challenging times. They actively listen, provide comfort, and create a safe space for patients to express their feelings and concerns.
– Therapeutic Communication: Nurses engage in therapeutic communication techniques, such as active listening and validation, to build trusting relationships with patients. This facilitates emotional healing and fosters a sense of understanding and support.

3. Spiritual Well-being:
– Providing Spiritual Care: Nurses acknowledge and respect the diverse spiritual beliefs and practices of their patients. They create opportunities for patients to express their spirituality, whether through prayer, meditation, or connecting with religious resources.
– Collaborating with Chaplains: Nurses work alongside chaplains and other spiritual care providers to address the spiritual needs of patients. They facilitate access to spiritual resources and support patients in finding comfort and meaning within their belief systems.

It is important to note that the ways in which nurses contribute to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of patients may vary depending on the healthcare setting, patient population, and individual nurse’s expertise. Nurses embrace a holistic approach to care, recognizing that addressing all aspects of well-being is essential for overall healing and recovery.

What Does Linda Think?
Nursing has always held a significant place in promoting healing, both in biblical times and in the present day. The verses highlighted in this article remind us of the nurturing, comforting, and selfless nature of nursing. As we acknowledge the contributions of nurses like Carolyn Coleman, we recognize the profound impact they have on the well-being of individuals and communities. May we continue to appreciate and support the vital role of nursing in our pursuit of healing and wholeness.


About Jacquiline Cox
Jacquiline Cox is a Chicago native with an impressive academic background. She graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and pursued higher education at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, she obtained her bachelor's degree in business administration with Cum Laude honors from the University of Arizona. . As a 3-time international best-selling author, branding strategist, and global radio podcast host of “Listen Linda!”, she uses her platform to motivate and inspire others. Moreover, Jacquiline is an autism parent advocate, a lupus advocate, and a certified Business Coach, showcasing her commitment to supporting causes close to her heart. You can read more about the author here.

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