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 Faith Community Nurse Advisory Board includes the following members: Ginny McMillan, FCN Coordinator, New Hope EFC; Dee Huanca, FCN, First Free, Minneapolis; Arvilla Felten, FCN, Lakewood EFC; Baxter; Shelly Rock, FCN, FCN Coordinator at Lakeview; Kimberley Meyer, RN, EdD, Bethel University; Jim Struve, MD, Trinity Lutheran, Minnehaha Falls, Mary Martin, FCN, Oxlip EFC and Mary Van Der Werf, FCN, Brooklyn Park EFC.
Director of Elim Care Faith Community Nursing
Joanne Hall, RN, BAN, FCN
Elim Care's Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
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
Policies and Procedures
- Guidelines for Spiritual Care Visitation
- Scriptures on Health, Healing, Strength and Stress
- Suggested Books, Articles, Websites, and Daily Devotionals
- 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
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.
Here are 3 ways to stay connected with Elim Care FCN:
1) Monthly Share and Prayer Meetings
2) Weekly Updates
Upcoming Faith Community Nursing Events
- FCN Network Symposiums for 2016: Please visit www.fcnntc.org to learn more.
- FCN Foundation Courses for 2016 and 2017: Click here to view course listings
Grief Share Support Group
For more information click here.
- 12 week support group
- Each session is “self-contained” so you do not have to attend in sequence
- August 31 – November 16, 2016 Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
- St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights
Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disasters (Free – sponsored by KLove)
This course will enhance your skills to provide effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC) to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and disaster affected families and individuals within disaster operations. This course builds on the crisis intervention principles taught in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) core courses to effectively integrate these principles within ESC teams for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to long-term recovery process. Click here to register.
- Two-Day Course: 14 Contact Hours
- Tuesday, August 30, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
- Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
- Location: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Understanding Suicide: Effective tools for Prevention, Intervention & Survivor Support (Free – sponsored by KLove)
Suicide provides unique challenges to both the professional caregiver and those within the informal support system. This course will help define unique challenges for individuals faced with providing crisis intervention with suicidal people and their support systems. It seeks to examine evidence-based concepts and gives practical tools to equip helpers with suicide prevention, intervention and supporting survivors in the aftermath of a suicide completion. The course is interactive and uses lecture, small and large group discussion, role-plays, and video interviews with survivors and experienced leaders in the field of suicidology. Click here to register.
- Two-Day Course: 14 Contact Hours
- Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
- Friday, September 2, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
- Location: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Health Ministries Association (HMA) National Meeting and Conference, Journey to Wholeness: Faith Leaders Meeting Community Health Challenges
- September 12-14, 2016, Chandler, Arizona
Facilitator Training for the Powerful Tools for Caregiver Course
- September 15th and 16th
- Cost is $150 –contact Pamela Franklin for tuition aid
- For more information or to register: click here
Aging with Gusto Conference
- Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Wilder Community Center for Aging, 650 Marshall Ave St Paul, MN 55104
- For information, contact: email@example.com | 651-690-4111
- Click here to register
Parish Nurse Fall Renewal 2016
Luther Seminary and Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurses Association will sponsor this retreat. You’ll explore ways to enhance your own emotional and spiritual resiliency.
- Rising Strong in Christ: Cultivating Spiritual and Emotional Resiliency of Parish Nurses
- October 7 & 8, 2016 (Starts Friday @ 4 PM and ends Saturday @ 4:30)
- Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
- To get more information click here, or go to: www.luthersem.edu/kairos
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
- Offered at Prairie Hill EFree Church, Eden Prairie, MN
- A 6-week course on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30PM
- October 11 – November 15
- Limited class size so register early
- To register or get more information click here
Prayer as an Essential Component of Spiritual Care
The Faith Community Nurse Network provides at least four professional nursing education symposiums each year for contact hour credit. This activity will be awarded 3.6 contact hours. To register click here.
- Website: http://www.fcnntc.org/continuing-education-symposiums.html
- October 19, 2016
- Program Times: begin at 9:30 AM (registration opens at 9:00 AM) – 1:00 PM
- Cost: Individual symposiums: $25 (FCNs); $50 (non-FCNs)
- Location: Woodbury Baptist Church, 6695 Upper Afton Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
- Phone: 651-738-7700
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
New Course Listing for 2016:
On-line Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course
September 9 – November 14th
Location: This course involves a retreat on September 9th and 10th and the remainder of the course is taken on-line via teleconference on Monday evenings from September 12 – November 14th.
Parish Nurse Basic Preparation Course
Building a Strong Ministry: It’s never too early to encourage other RNs from your community or congregation to attend the Faith Community Nurse Foundations course. Those who have attended the course likely will become interested in participating in your ministry is some capacity. This also provides you with the opportunity to begin strategic succession planning for the day when you decide to retire or transition into another area of practice. Who knows, this trained nurse might even be able to cover the FCN ministry if you developed a need to be away on a prolonged medical leave. YOU are the best representative to encourage others to think about this ministry. Information about the numerous options for attending the course is described below. You will also note that Sanford does give a limited number of $100 scholarships.
If you would like to begin a Faith Community Nursing program at your church, training is offered periodically. For the next scheduled online course, click on the following links:
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