Catholic Teaching to Guide Catholic NursesEthical issues arise in health care and as Catholic nurses, we are in a unique position to share the Love of Our Blessed Lord with every person we are called to serve. There are four key documents to guide our decision-making. READ
Spiritual DiscernmentToday, more than ever before, we are in the midst of wave-after-wave of news and messages. How do we know what Christ is asking of us? In this short video message from His Holiness Pope Francis, "Formation in Spiritual Discernment", we are reminded of to discern. READ
NACN-USA Membership Growing We are thrilled to be welcoming new members and need your help to continue spreading the word and inviting Catholic nurses to join us. It's simple to help someone register. Share the link.READ
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The National Association of Catholic Nurse, U.S.A. is a member association of Catholic Nurses and other healthcare professionals who uphold the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in nursing care, research, administration and education. We trace our origin to the first local council of Catholic Nurses founded in Boston, MA in 1909. As a member association of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS), we respond to Pope Pius XI 1935 call at our World Congress in Rome to promote Catholic Associations of Nurses enabling nurses to come together to sustain and fortify each other in their professional and Christian formation. The Holy Father called nurses to struggle against "paganism and materialism which insinuated themselves everywhere in order to cast out Christ" and be "first and foremost, and at any cost, full of the spirit of spirituality, of Christianity, of the Christian supernatural." His Holiness stated, "The treasure which your assistance must bring to the infirm is precisely that of spirituality, of the supernatural." He secondarily stressed the need to "bring material, bodily comfort..." and concluded with the need "to be outstanding nurses, technically speaking, you will have to continue improving on what you do, and keep abreast of all that you ought to know." Through his spokesperson Cardinal Pizzardo in a 1938 letter to the Bishops, Pope Pius XI shared that, "it is the duty of every Catholic Nurse to belong to Catholic associations of nurses and to promote them in every way possible."