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Your Role as a Faith Community Nurse

The role of a faith community nurse is governed by the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards for Registered Nurses, Scope and Standards for Faith Community Nurses, the Nurse Practice Act in the state the nurse practices, and the tasks in which the nurse owns competency. Actions and tasks will include:

  • Advocacy, education, and referrals for clients

  • Providing emotional and spiritual support to clients and families
  • Actions that are derived from nursing diagnosis and assessments according to the nursing Scope and Standards for Registered Nurses and the Scope and Standards for Faith Community Nurses
  • Any medical care for which the nurse is licensed or has been declared ‘competent’ to provide – if the medical care required is not a current skill of the nurse, then a referral to the appropriate caregiving service or emergency treatment is the only course of action
  • Any care that is provided as a “good Samaritan” in an emergency situation when other caregivers are not available
  • Actions and tasks that are not included:
    treatments, medications, medical care that must be directed/supervised by a physician’s order; routine medical care that is the responsibility of agencies under the client’s physician’s direction

Copies of either set of Scope and Standards can be obtained from the American Nurses Association or your favorite online bookseller.

Upcoming Events

Thu 21

Online Foundations of Faith Community Nursing (Asynchronous)

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


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