Dual Career - Nursing and Ministry

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    My question or topic in general is related to nursing and ministry.

    I recently graduated with my BS and got hired after 10 months (patience tester!) into a Magnet Hospital. I am so excited to start there, it's on one of their specialized ICUs, and I couldn't be happier.

    Another passion of mine though has been Christian ministry. I was involved in student leadership throughout high school, and even took this past year after graduation to invest in part-time ministry while searching for my first RN job.

    Have any of you pursued both nursing and ministry, and what did that look like? What about nursing and seminary? I in no way plan to give up nursing, but rather see both my passions as two that can grow simultaneously. I would love to continue getting RN experience full-time, while taking part-time seminary classes on the side.

    I know many people say I could just work as an RN and volunteer in my church, but I really see my heart aching to do both and be equally as flexible with both (i.e. be able to transition from full-time nursing to full-time ministry, or any full-time/part-time combination of both as God leads me).

    Any thoughts on this combination of work in general?
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    Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

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    I've thought about nursing and bivocational ministry in the Episcopal Church. I've felt that I've had "multiple vocation syndrome" most of my life (my own term). Still discerning.
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    I would think it is very possible combination. Parish nursing, missionary work, Doctors without Borders, etc., as well as hospice. many possibilities and just useage in daily nursing practice. Best wishes!
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    I have been an RN for 23 years, and work full time. I will finish this summer a Masters degree in Theology that I have been doing online. I have no plans to go into professional ministry, I took my Masters because it is a topic that I am passionate about and just wanted to learn more. I serve as Chair of the Board at my church as well as Chair of the Deacons'. I will forever be a nurse but have thoroughly enjoyed my studies for my Masters. When I told one of the doctors I work with that I was going to do it she looked at me and said "I think it will be awesome to have someone with that kind of skill set around here" (I work in a busy outpatient clinic). If you are interested in seminary courses I say go for it. Happy to answer any questions if you have any.
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    Wow I so envy you. Nursing in and of itself is a ministry of compassion selflessness and love. Good luck in your endeavors! What an awesome path to take.
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    I am a parish nurse and find this to be a wonderful way to blend nursing and ministry.
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    Been bi vocational many many years.... RN and Ordained Minister....has been a great experience for me.... I have worked in Peds, Med/Surg, ICU, Hospice and LTC ... have given many a sermon at nursing homes, especially at Holiday Times, and officiated at many weddings ( in fact I have 4000 weddings "under my belt"). Comforted patients and families.... and saved my sanity from "THOSE DAYS" at work.
    I pondered the calling...I took that leap of faith....and happy I am I answered the call.

    Blessings on you and your choices in front of you. I know you will be great either way your choose.
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    Thank you all for the encouragement! With the demands of full-time nursing as well as the demands of seminary, I wouldn't ever want to stretch myself too thin, but your comments and advice have been very helpful and encouraging! Seems like it may be time for me to take a step of faith
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    i know time management could be an issue however, if you are in the ministry, the Lord will give you wisdom how to handle things!
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