Faith Community Nursing
- About Us
- Getting Started
- Resources and Tools
- Stay Connected
- Upcoming Events
- Books and Publications
- FCN Courses
- Past Workshops
Faith Community Nursing, formerly called Parish Nursing, is the blend of nursing and ministry promoting the wellness of body, mind and spirit for individuals of all ages. Faith Community Nurses are Registered Nurses prepared to work with members of a local congregation in many ways:
- Visit members in homes or hospitals
- Counsel members on health-related issues
- Assist in obtaining needed health services
- Help members understand the relationship between body, mind and spirit
- Assist in adapting important lifestyle changes
- Teach classes on how to maintain good health
- Provide health screenings
- Develop support groups within the church
- Coordinate congregational volunteers
See what Faith Community Nursing can mean for your church.
Faith Community Nursing Advisory Board
The Elim Care Faith Community Nurse Advisory Board is an active, hands-on partner of the Elim Care Faith Community Nurse Program (FCN). Their mission is to actively encourage, support and develop Faith Community Nursing by planning educational seminars, providing prayer support and program direction.
The network of Faith Community Nurses is excited about promoting FCN in churches. The Elim Care Faith Community Nurse Advisory Board includes the following members: Jim Struve, MD, Trinity Lutheran, Minnehaha Falls; Kimberley Meyer, RN, EdD, Bethel University; Dee Huanca, FCN, First Free, Minneapolis; Shelly Rock, FCN, FCN Coordinator at Lakeview; Joanne Hall, Elim Care FCN Director; Mary Van Der Werf, FCN, Brooklyn Park EFC and Dave Kiel, Elim Care VP of Fund Development and Spiritual Care. Not pictured: Mary Martin, FCN, Oxlip EFC and Arvilla Felten, FCN, Lakewood EFC; Baxter.
Director of Elim Care Faith Community Nursing
Joanne Hall, RN, BAN, FCN
Elim Care's Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
Elim Care’s Newest FCN Advisory Board Member
Pastor Dan Osborn
Elim Care FCN Advisory Board Member
Resources and Tools
- RN to BSN Online– A great resource for RN’s considering obtaining their degree, evaluating cost and financial aid, and providing a realistic view of their potential for career development. These resources are available to everyone and does not involve any cost and the information is updated yearly.
- Education Program Ideas
- Free Posters from the State of Minnesota:
- Heart Healthy Recipes
- Posters and Presentation Ideas
- FCN Continuing Education Opportunity:
Policies and Procedures
- Guidelines for Spiritual Care Visitation
- Scriptures on Health, Healing, Strength and Stress
- Suggested Books, Articles, Websites, and Daily Devotionals
- Jayne Kane Life Coaching & Retreats
- Grief Resources:
- Revive Brooklyn Park Cronic Illness Support Group
- Rest Ministries: A Great Resource for Chronic Illness
- Nanda Nursing Diagnosis List
- Nursing Credentials for FCN
- Pain Control
- Resources for the Blind
- State of Minnesota – Infection Control Practices
- Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital– This booklet is a great resource for people regarding hospital discharge. It’s a PDF fillable form that you can also print out. If you would like to order free quantities of the guide please email: AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov or call 1.800.358.9295 and ask for Publication No. 10-0059
- Free Online Computer Training– for Microsoft Office and other software applications
- Alzheimers Disease
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- Cancer Companions
- Disabilitieswith Joni Tada Eareckson
- Heart and Lung
- Mental Health
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers
- A Falls Prevention Program, Stepping On
- Client-Family Intake Form
- Narrative Form
- Parish Nurse Documentation Form
- Parish Nurse Referral Form
- Church Health Center Documentation Tools
- Documentation with the Omaha System
- Henry Ford Documentation System for Parish Nurses
Position Statements from The Church Health Center
- Faith Community Nursing Compared to Other Nursing Specialties
- How is Faith Community Nursing the Same or Different than Other Nursing Specialties
- Faith Community Nursing Direct Care (Hands On) Practice and Glucose Testing
We encourage you to submit prayer requests, share stories and offer resources by contacting FCN@elimcare.org anytime.
There are many ways to stay connected with other Faith Community Nurses. A number of websites offer valuable information and the Church Health Center has a blog site where FCN’s throughout the world post questions, give insight, and offer a number of resources.
Elim Care FCN Ministry is committed to provide resources and information that can save you time and provide opportunities for you to network with others and have hands on assistance as needed. Joanne Hall, Elim’s Faith Community Nurse Director, sends weekly updates through emails that offer encouragement, resources and stories to those who are interested in Faith Community Nursing. She also hosts regularly scheduled monthly Share and Prayer meetings at our corporate office where a number of FCN’s come together to pray with and for one another and share valuable resources and stories. Occasionally CEU’s are offered.
Ways to stay connected with Elim Care FCN:
1) Monthly Share and Prayer Meetings
2) Weekly Updates
3) Monthly Connect
Upcoming Faith Community Nursing Events
Spiritual Formation and Self Care
CHAPLAINS SUPER SUMMIT
Faith Community Nurse Spring Seminar
SPONSORED BY: ELIM CARE
Make plans to attend this seminar which will focus on the intersection of spirituality and self-care (with a large emphasis on resiliency) specific to chaplains and nurses. Lunch and 2.4 nursing CEU’s will be provided. Invite other nurses to attend as well!
Cost: $25 per person.
Please RSVP: by April 24, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may pay the day of the event – make checks payable to Elim Care.
When: May 12, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place: Bethel University- Anderson Center
2 Pinetree Drive
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Speaker: Dr. Joel Jueckstock
Rev. Joel A. Jueckstock, M.Div., Ph.D.: Joel completed his undergraduate studies at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) and earned a Master of Divinity, concentrating in Marriage and Family Therapy, at Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN). Shortly thereafter he finished a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (St. Louis Park, MN). Joel has also earned a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Luther Seminary (St. Paul) and is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Joel has served as chaplain at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics and Presbyterian Homes and Services prior to his current position at Maple Grove Hospital. In addition, Joel is an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary and Luther Seminary. Professional interests: practical theology, spirituality, grief, leadership/resilience, and bioethics. Personal interests: outdoors, running, and cycling.
Devotions for a Healthier You By: Katie Farrell
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart By: Kenneth Haugck
Elim Care FCN Suggested Readings By: Marcia Flom, RN
Faith Community Nursing By: Janet S. Hickman
Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice By: The American Nurses Association
Foundations, Faith Community Nursing Curriculum Participant Manual 2014 By: ChurchHealthCenter
Gentle Rebel: The life and work of Granger Westberg By: Jane Westberg
Health Ministry Advice for Everyone By: Deborah Patterson
Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care By: Verna Carson and Harold Koenig
Prayer in Nursing: The Spirituality of Compassionate Caregiving By: Elizabeth O’Brien
Spiritual Leadership By: Henry Blackaby
Stronger Together: Starting a Health Team in Your Congregation By: Jill Westberg McNamara
The Parish Nurse By: Granger E. Westberg and Jill Westberg McNamara
Theses on Healing (and Cure) By: The Reverend Frederick W. Reklau
Why? Trusting God When You Don’t Understand By: Anne Graham Lotz
These publications are available from The Church Health Center Store as digital downloads.
Articles, interviews, and reviews
An introductory packet of 13 reproducible sheets explaining an FCN’s mission, role, and activities. Other topics include starting a ministry, utilizing available resources and addressing liability concerns. This is a digital resource to be downloaded and printed at your convenience.
2014 Visitation Guidelines for Faith Community Nurses for Transitional Care
This resource contains disease specific assessment guidelines geared towards faith community nurses with the aim to improve the quality of care provided by addressing risk factors and performing standardized assessment for each health concern. Assessments are provided for Alzheimer’s disease, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, Mental Health, Multiple Chronic Diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, Post Hospital Discharge, Post Operative Assessment, Spiritual Distress, and Stroke. In addition to the assessments, important resources, normal laboratory results, vaccinations and screenings have all been listed. Specialists in each field were consulted to verify all the information provided.
Seasoned FCN and educator Helene Van Der Werff, answers commonly asked health questions in short informational paragraphs to be used in bulletins, on bulletin boards, and in newsletters. Available as a downloadable file.
A peer-reviewed, quarterly, professional journal
- Wholistic vs. Holistic Care in Faith Community Nursing By: Debbie Ziebarth,MSN, ED, PHDc Candidate at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
- Professional Liability
- The 7 C’s of Success for Faith Community Nurses
- Fit For Service: A Model of Self-Care for Parish Nurses
Faith Community Nursing Courses
Faith Community Nurse Basic Preparation Courses
If you would like to begin a Faith Community Nursing program at your church, training is offered periodically. For the next scheduled course, click on the following links:
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing through Augustana University of Sioux Falls, SD
- Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course (Parish Nursing) is being offered online Monday, Feb. 6, through Monday, March 27, followed by two days Arthur L. Davis on-site April 27 – 28, 2017. There is an opening on-site date of Saturday, Feb. 4. Both parts are Publishing Agency required for completion. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Application has been made for continuing education contact hours. For more information, email Paula Lubeck, Director of the Parish Nursing Center at Paula.Lubeck@Avera.org
Resources from Past Workshops:
Resources from 2016 Elim Care Spring Event, “Increasing Your Confidence as a Patient Advocate”
- Multiple Resources from the Workshop
- Differences Between Professional and Personal Relationships
- Table Action Plan for Maintaining Professional Boundaries
Resources from the Bioethics Conference, Human Life and Dignity in Today’s World
Resources from 2015 Spring Networking Event, “Caring for Yourself so you can Care for Others”
- PowerPoint: Taking Care of Self so we can take care of Others
- Presentation and Resources: A Journey of Surrender and a Quest for Radical Intimacy with God
- Individual Bible Study, Ponder Your Path
- Individual Bible Study, Strongholds of Unsurrender
- Stress Scale