I couldn’t get through Nursing School without my faith. The past year and a half of Nursing School have seen some of the most stressful, difficult, and often discouraging days of my life. (Fellow Nursing Students, can I get an Amen?) However, God’s good grace has eased days with even the worst anxiety. Also, while working on the weekend as an LPN, some days are incredibly busy and stressful and it’s my faith that sees me through those days. Sometimes I just have to take a minute to pray for guidance and before every single shift, I beg to be the kind of nurse that glorifies our Lord.
I decided to scour my Bible for some Scripture for nurses that correlate with different specialties, and thought I’d share some Bible Verses that have gotten me through Nursing School. This list is far from all inclusive, but I hope it’s helpful just the same!
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. Proverbs 12:25
You won’t see this recommended by the American Heart Association, but for a healthy heart, start with speaking kind words.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart. Do not give it away blindly; surround yourself with positive people; and do not allow disappointment to blacken your heart. And protect your heart- prevent a heart attack by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly!
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Medicine is truly amazing, people receive heart transplants all the time, but these hearts are pre-owned. Only The Lord can remove a Heart of Stone and replace it with a New Heart.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
“That teardrop rolling down your face, roars like thunder in His ear.”
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55
Sinners who have been saved by the Grace of God, know there is no fear in death. They’re just trading this old body in for a new body in Heaven.
Long Term Care
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 1 Timothy 5:1-2
The Bible teaches us how to treat elders. It directs us to treat them as if they are our Mothers and Fathers. Pretty clear instructions, if you ask me.
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. Psalm 71:9
In this Psalm, David is begging to not be forgotten when he grows old. I think this could also be a silent prayer from elderly patients.
Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Never forget that each and every baby you care for has their whole life ahead of them and The Lord already has a plan for that little soul in your arms.
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. Ecclesiastes 11:5
The greatest thing about OB is that you get to witness the miracle of life, a whole human being is created and formed and given life by the same God who maketh all! Is that not incredible?
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16
We can apply a cast or a brace to stabilize a fracture, but it’s God Almighty that makes crooked things straight.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Want strong bones? Trade in your broken spirit for a merry heart!
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3
Note to Self: Remember this Scripture the next time it is nearly impossible to swab a kid’s throat for strep.
For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 1 Samuel 1:27
Children are a gift and a reward from Him.
And for those of us who are currently specializing in everything because we’re still in school and anything is free game on an exam…
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
Not some things, or a few things, but ALL things through Christ.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness… 2 Corinthians 12:9
In Nursing School (or any School), it is so easy to feel like your best isn’t enough. This is my favorite verse to lean on when I feel self-disappointment creeping up on me.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
Don’t be afraid, because the Lord will go with you wherever you go. This includes clinicals and exams.
Through Nursing School, my Bible is as essential as any textbook. Unfortunately though, just like with my textbooks, I’m guilty of not studying it as often as I should. I pray these words encourage you and revive you on your next shift, next exam, and in the very instant you read this.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
What Scripture gets you through a tough day? Do you have any Bible Verses for Nursing Specialties that I should add?