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We are excited to announce that effective November 1, 2020, the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing (WI) will call the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) its new home.


The leadership of Church Health, WI, and SCA believe this move is a positive step forward for Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) and for the future of spiritual care. SCA is prepared and well-equipped to support the various needs of FCNs globally and further continue the development of the specialty nursing practice with high quality best-practice educational opportunities and resources. Faith Community Nurses can become members of SCA’s Nursing Division, but WI resources will be available to both members and non-members. 

The FCN knowledge sharing platform on yammer is moving!

The FCN knowledge sharing platform was created to provide a safe, private community for all faith community nurses and those interested in spiritual care in nursing with the ability to communicate electronically. The platform is free and community member emails are not shared or sold outside of the platform.

Many thanks to Church Health for creating and supporting the1600 members and 97 groups making up the FCN knowledge sharing platform on Yammer. It is now time to move the FCN knowledge sharing platform to its new home: community.WestbergInstitute.org

group moderators are currently moving their groups and extending invitations to their members. In order to move your individual membership, go to community.WestbergInstitute.org and click on request invitation. Once you have received your invitation and complete your profile,you may join any of the current groups and start a new group if you do not finda group that covers your specific interest.

To move your membership and join the platform

step one: visit community.WestbergInstitute.org

step two: click on “request invitation”

step three: respond to the invitation email and complete your profile

step four: login, join the conversation and select from the many groups available. Remember to join the all company group so that you receive current announcements.

2022 Westberg Symposium at the Caring for the Human Spirit Conference

Theme: Embracing a Bright Future: diversity in faith community nursing practice

Diversity is multifaceted. Culture, race, religion, and practice setting are only a few of the influences faith community nurses combine to provide wholistic care. Along with diversity, the multifaceted aspects of healthcare also influence the future of our specialty practice.

Call for Proposals that focus on:

  1. Positive aspects of addressing diversity that encourage acceptance and mutual support for all.
  2. Utilizing the arts in health promotion and healing (art, music, movement, dance, etc.)
  3. Practice settings serving unique populations or providing unique services to promote health equity.
  4. Ideas, examples, and research to move the specialty practice forward.

Outcomes of this conference: Participants will self-report at least one aspect of diversity and the arts in health promotion and healing that they intend to incorporate into current practice.

Educational Curricula

Various courses developed by faith community nursing practice experts and coordinated by the Westberg Institute are taught internationally by educational partners through hospitals, organizations, and networks.

CNE Provider Unit

Spiritual Care Association Nursing Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Course Topics

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing is a 36.5-hour course focusing on the entry-level knowledge necessary for FCN practice. Its sections include spirituality, professionalism, wholistic health and community. This course fulfills the educational requirement for entry into practice in faith community nursing.

Leadership and Coordination Course

The FCN Coordinator Course equips FCNs in leadership and management positions to work with FCNs in various practice areas and networks. Leadership, funding, communications and documentation are included topics.

The Educator Course

The Educator Course provides instruction by Westberg Institute staff on how to teach the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course as an educational partner. The modified curriculum is available to international partners to fulfill the needs and customs of healthcare practices in various countries.

Education & Consultation

The Westberg Institute provides one-on-one, group and organizational consultation. Continuing education opportunities for various aspects of FCN health ministry, along with live and online presentations, are available. Additional services include retreats for educators and coordinators and regional network meetings. To learn about regional events, see our events calendar.

To send an inquiry to the office, click here.

Upcoming Events

Wed 26

Health Ministry Prayer Gatherings 2021

December 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - March 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm CST
Wed 26

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

January 7 @ 8:00 am - February 7 @ 5:00 pm CST
Wed 26

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course

January 15 @ 8:00 am - March 12 @ 4:00 pm PST


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