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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. During the 9 years under Church Health, WI has flourished and expanded its reach to faith community nurses worldwide. 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. 

Over the coming weeks, you will hear from the WI team as we manage the transition to the SCA. Dr. Sharon T. Hinton will step into the role of Executive Director for the Westberg Institute. She can be contacted at  or (212) 644-1111 ext. 107  

 All training/education programs as well as the WI Platform (Yammer) will remain in place. See spiritualcareassociation.org/westberg for more information. 

Building upon last year’s successful virtual conference, we are excited to bring you another robust virtual experience in 2021!

We hope you will join us for the VIRTUAL 2021 Westberg Symposium at the Caring for the Human Spirit© Conference April 12-14, 2021!

Included in Registration is the International World Forum and the co-sponsored FCNI Research Forum

Faith Community Nurses: A Short Discussion for Faith Communities about the Benefits Health Ministry Provides

Do you need a tool to introduce the specialty practice of faith community nursing to your faith community? Would you like to know more about faith community nursing and how health ministry works in communities of faith? Then this short webinar created by experts is for you! Faith Community Nurses: A Short Discussion for Faith Communities about the Benefits Health Ministry Provides is a short nine-minute presentation that describes the role of faith community nurses and the benefits they bring to communities of faith. This webinar is free and we encourage you to share this educational resource with other nurses and communities of faith. A downloadable handout is also available for your use.

Join us for the new webinar series: Leadership & Coordination for Faith Community Nurse Practice

Westberg Institute has partnered with the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) Nursing Division to open a new 8-module educational series: Leadership & Coordination for Faith Community Nurse Practice. Participants can receive 1.5 CNE credits for each module. Complete all 8 modules and receive 12 CNE credits, a certificate of recognition, and a lapel pin as an SCA Westberg Institute affiliated FCN Coordinator.

Nurses of Faith Wall of Honor

Acknowledge and honor your friends, colleagues, and those nurses who pioneered the specialty practice of faith community nursing! These dedicated nurses listed on the Westberg Institute Nurses of Faith wall of Honor are acknowledged in recognition, gratitude, and celebration for how their lives and practice of faith community nursing have touched so many individuals, faith communities, and faith community nursing peers.  We honor these exemplary individuals.

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.

To find a course in your area, click here.


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.

For Coordinator Course information, click here.


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.

For course information, click here.


Supplemental Educators Webinars

Supplemental topics are available periodically for retreats and continuing education opportunities.

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.

Click here to send an inquiry to the office.

Upcoming Events

Thu 21

Online Foundations of Faith Community Nursing (Asynchronous)

January 8 @ 8:00 am - February 8 @ 5:00 pm CST
Thu 21


(212) 644-1111 ext. 107