About Faith Community Nursing
Parish nursing is a growing specialty practice of professional nursing that is recognized by the American Nursing Association as faith community nursing. It is also a ministry that is embraced by many different religions and Christian denominations as well as other faith traditions. To better understand the foundation of this ministry, view the Philosophy, Root Assumption, and Strategic Vision.
As a nursing specialty, there are specific qualifications for those entering faith community nursing. A complete outline is listed below. The person must be a registered nurse with a current license or a student in a baccalaureate nursing education program. The person must also have at least 2-5 years of experience where skills have been developed for health assessment and problem-solving. For additional information on faith community nurse skill sets, click here.
Becoming an FCN
Training specifically designed for health ministry is necessary to understand the focus and tasks of the ministry. Courses are available in many locations throughout the US and in several countries on five continents. Foundations of Faith Community Nursing courses are offered in a variety of formats including weekly classes, on-line courses, retreat settings, and combinations of independent study and class work. Some offer continuing nursing education contact hours. Others are taught for University credit at both the BSN and MSN Levels.
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The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing curriculum is an intensive course built to equip those wishing to either become a faith community nurse in their faith community, to strengthen the ministry in which they are already involved or to enhance their current nursing practice.
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