Seeing The Christian Life Through Nursing

This past week while I was preparing for clinical, I had an epiphany of sorts. I was reviewing how to do a sterile dressing change, since I had not done one in a while, and realized that I had done something wrong. Realizing this, I quickly fixed the problem and moved on. Then it came to me… how the Christian life is a lot like nursing.

While I was doing the dressing change, a tiny piece of the sterile gauze touched something that was not sterile. It didn’t touch something dirty, but because it was not sterile, the gauze was now considered contaminated and I could no longer use it. Realizing what I had done, I threw away the gauze and picked up a new one. It was then that I realized how the Christian life is like nursing… just bear with me here! Our life, after we become saved, is like the sterile gauze—completely free of anything bad! However, sometimes in life we do things that are not right (sterile). They may not be horrible, but they are not right. Instead of just ignoring what has happened and not being able to be used of the Lord, we should “get rid of it,” grab a new one, and keep on going on for the Lord! 🙂

This is just a little something that the Lord gave to me this week. Hope it encourages you and that you are able to use it as you finish out the semester and head into summer!

18 Responses

  1. Abbie

    Hi Ashley, this is Abbie. I just wanted to say hi and that I love you. I have been reading your posts and all of them that I have read so far are really good. I can’t wait for more. 🙂 Have a great day. love ya <3

    • Ashley

      Thanks Abbie! I love you so much dear! Can’t wait to see the worlds best little sister when I come home in May! 🙂

  2. Matthew

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts Ash! May God continue to help you with your nursing pursuits.

    • Ashley

      Thank You!

  3. Rachel

    Wow! That is so good Ashley! I never thought about it that way. Just a little something to add to your illustration: I had the opportunity to do a sterile dressing change on an “actual” patient for the first time a couple of weeks ago (I am a Junior nursing major). We were using betadine swabs to clean a Chest Tube site and I touched my left hand to the betadine package (this is two-handed sterile technique). My instructor pointed it out to me. This is the way it is with sin, sometimes our lives become “contaminated” and we need those around us who care about us to point it out. We are so focused on the task at hand that we are oblivious to sins in our life and it takes someone who cares about us to get us back on track. Thank you for sharing this truth! (FYI: it was a mistake that wasn’t critical to my patient… Praise the Lord!!!) Enjoy clinicals- it is such a mission field!

    • Ashley

      That is Awesome! Thank you for the addition! 🙂

  4. Michelle Nadaskay

    Adding to that thought, what we sometimes see as small or insignificant is actually of great importance to God; much like our little mistakes in the eyes of our instructors (I am also a Junior nursing major). What really matters is what’s important to Him, not us.

    • Ashley

      So True! Thanks 🙂

  5. Erin Canterbury

    Wow! What an analogy. I never thought of it that way. There are many times, like you said, that we make a mistake and it may not seem that big of a deal, but in the long run it is. What we see as a “little sin” God sees as a big deal. But the amazing thing is that we can go to Him, ask for forgiveness and fix the problem with His strength. The same is with nursing. If we realize that we are about to make a mistake, we just quickly fix it (I am a junior nursing major). And thankfully, we have instructors there to help us, just like the Holy Spirit is always with us to teach us and direct our lives. And we learn from our mistakes just like the Lord allows us to learn from our sin and from different events, or “tests”, in our lives. Thanks for posting this blog. Enjoy the rest of your clinicals. Finish strong! Galatians 6:9

    • Ashley

      Me too! I am so greatful for our wonderful instructors! 🙂 Thanks for the encouraging comment! 🙂

  6. momo

    thanks guys u r all such an encouragement, may God bless u all.

  7. Chrystianna Day

    Ashley, I think it’s pretty amazing how many offshoots came from your epiphany! Nursing has so many parallels with biblical concepts. Now, thanks to this post, my brain will be looking for them more. God is so good to allow us to learn His lessons through our callings, isn’t He?

    -Chrystianna (Sophomore Nursing!)

  8. Amber

    I have never thought of it like that, but you are completely right. Thank you for pointing out something that no one really thinks about.

  9. Amanda King

    I loved reading your blog! I am coming to the college this Fall to go into the nursing major, and it makes me glad to read about the major and know that it has more to it then just skills. I was wondering if anyone knew (or is) a nursing student that has books from their freshman year that I can buy from them (or you). It would be great if I could, so I could save some money buying them full price, and help you out some too. 🙂 Thank you!

    • Shannon Wood

      I’m going to be starting next fall too– and I’m going to be a nursing major! I really hope we meet sometime! 🙂 And Ashley, I’m so glad that there is a blogger who is a nursing major! I love getting a glimpse of nursing every now and then.

      • Amanda King

        I hope we meet too! Have a great summer! 🙂

      • Ashley

        Thank you Shannon! I truly love being able to share about the nursing program and what God is doing here at PCC. It is truly amazing! Can’t wait to see you in the fall! have a great summer. 🙂

    • Ashley

      I do not know any freshman this year that are selling their books, and I do not still have mine from freshman year. however, the best way to get the books you need at a discount is to walk the halls of the dorm at the beginning of the semester and look at the list of books people are selling. This is usually helpful! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you this fall!

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