International Parish/Faith Community Nursing
Faith Community/Parish Nursing as a recent movement of the 20th century, has grown from the revival by Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg in the USA to its current practice in 29 countries around the world. While each country adapts the program to its specific culture, nursing practice and needs, the core model of faith and health ministry to body, mind and spirit remains the same throughout each of these countries. The movement into other countries occurred as nurses/clergy requested information and assistance to initiate programs in other countries, and when Faith Community/Parish Nurses in various countries shared it with other countries via missions or outreach. In the early days of Parish Nursing, leaders were invited to go to Canada and Australia to provide presentations on parish nurse practice. Once Canadians developed their practice, they took it to the Bahamas through their Canadian/Bahamian church connections. Spread to other countries has and is occurring organically in much the same way today.
The countries practicing Faith Community/Parish Nursing today include: Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Ukraine, USA, Wales, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.