FAITH COMMUNITY NURSING (PARISH NURSING)
Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on promoting holistic health and minimizing illness in a faith community and fosters the health and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. The FCN understands health to be a dynamic process, which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social dimensions of the person. Spiritual health is central to well-being and influences a person’s entire being. A sense of well-being can exist in the presence of disease, and healing can exist in the absence of cure.
The focus of practice is the faith community and its ministry. The FCN, in collaboration with pastoral staff and parishioners, participates in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing. Through partnership with other community health resources, the FCN fosters new and creative responses to health and wellness concerns. The relationship with the parishioner and parish nurse is confidential. Information, with the exception of child or elderly abuse and potential harm to self or others, cannot be disclosed without the parishioner’s written permission.
In accordance with the American Nurses Association (ANA), a FCN must be a registered nurse with a minimum of 2 years experience, must have a current license in the state where the faith community is located, and have completed an ANA recognized faith community/parish nurse specialty foundations course. There are several FCN programs offered though a partnership with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) at more than 130 nursing schools and health systems around the US and abroad.
The American Nurses Association recently approved a Faith Community Nursing Certification. For more information go to http://www.nursecredentialing.org/FaithCommunityNursing
The 2016 Episcopal Health Ministry Conference will be held in Camel, Indiana September 15-17, 2016. For additional information, please go to http://www.episcopalhealthministries.org/
There are abundant Health Ministry opportunities. You do not have to have a medical background to volunteer in this ministry. If you are a Faith Community/Parish Nurse or Health Minister at your parish or wish to obtain more information, please contact Karen Stoops, RN, M.Ed., FCN at firstname.lastname@example.org.