Westberg Symposium for Faith Community Nursing
Expanding Horizons of FCN Practice
April 9-11, 2018
First Baptist Broad Church
Welcome to the 2018 Westberg Symposium!
Through the symposium, we aim to provide faith community nurses with practical information relevant to their practice and communities. The symposium includes subject matters that help FCNs address challenges as well as shape their future role in faith and health communities. Examples of subjects include the impact of FCNs providing transitional care, innovative settings for the practice, and unique roles for FCNs in today’s health environment. Attendees can register for training sessions offered before the symposium, hear distinguished speakers for keynotes, and participate in peer-led meetings, including the coordinators breakfast, educators luncheon, and the World Forum gathering of international FCNs.
This year, we’re also offering a one-day forum for academic researchers and others interested in advancing the body of evidence for faith community nursing practice. In addition, those interested in transitional care can review the debut of study results from the two-year FCN transitional care research project and take home a summary of evidence for their use. As a special offer for 2018, after the symposium ends on Wednesday, April 11, Faith and Health Seminars will be offered in the afternoon at Church Health’s new Crosstown location, so don’t miss this additional registration opportunity.
There are more opportunities happening at the symposium in 2018, so you will have a lot to look forward to learning and growing!
- Describe the role of faith community nurses in diverse settings
- Examine results of data-based studies in faith community nursing practicee
- Analyze aspects of faith community nurse partnerships with individuals, organizations, both faith-based and secular, and other professional specialties that focus on spiritual care
Conflicts of Interest
Non-Endorsement of Products
Continuing Education Hours
Number of contact hours will vary based on number of sessions attended.
For questions related to continuing nursing education, please contact the Westberg Institute Provider Unit Administrator, Dr. Sharon Hinton at or 901-701-2256.
The Granger Westberg Memorial Lecture, April 9
Spiritual Self-Care for Caregivers: Sustaining Nursing from the Inside
Marjorie J. Thompson, MDiv
Self-care often is a casualty of dedicated caring for others. Faith community nurses face many sources of stress and challenge today, both personally and professionally. Thus, skills and knowledge in self-care are important for sustaining an effective nursing practice. Our keynote addresses the critical importance of self-care from a faith perspective, offering a range of flexible spiritual practices to nurture the inner life. These are enriched with wisdom from the renowned writer and teacher Henri Nouwen. The presentation aims to encourage and inspire this unique community of nurses for the ministry of caring support to others they feel called to. Participants receive tools and methods of spiritual care practices for self and in caring for others.
At the completion of this activity participants will be able to counter negative cultural messages around self-care with positive faith messaging, apply expanded possibilities for self-care in daily life and work, and appraise a variety of doable spiritual practices to sustain the heart of a nursing vocation.
The Granger Westberg Memorial Lecture will be held on Monday, April 9 at 6:45 p.m.
The Anne Marie Djupe Memorial Lecture, April 10
Application of Professional Practice Competencies to Your Nursing Practice
Alyson Breisch, MSN, RN-BC
This lecture will examine how competencies drive professional education and practice. Case examples related to ethics and culturally congruent care will be used for illustration and discussion. An interactive group activity will examine specific competencies and their application to practice development and evaluation.
At the completion of the activity, participants will be able to recall definitions of standards and competency, paragraph competencies of Standard 8: Culturally Congruent Care Related to Faith Community Nursing Practice, incorporate faith community nursing competencies into learning plans, and incorporate faith community nursing competencies into performance evaluation tools in application setting.
The Helen Westberg Memorial Panel Session, April 11
Transitional Care: Evaluating the Impact of Faith Community Nursing on Post-Discharge Patient Outcomes
Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN-Ed, RN-BC, Herzing University, Brookfield WI
SangNam Ahn, PhD, MPSA, University of Memphis School of Public Health, Memphis, TN
Study site: Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, IN
Scotty Munning, MSN, FNP-BC (Jasper Primary Care Physicians and French Lick)
Lanet Owens, BSN, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator (Bartow Regional Medical Center, FL)
Study site: Baptist Medical Center-Desoto, MS
Janice Williams, RN, ADN, FCN
JoAnn Wood, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Steve Edmonds, Chaplain, Director of Pastoral Care
With healthcare focus on reducing readmissions to the hospital or emergency department (ED) visits after discharge, community-based nursing care models are now re-emerging as effective transitional patient care efforts to keep Medicare patients safe in their homes in the community.
The Faith Community Nurse (FCN) Project is a 2-year studyto provide evidence of the role and impact of faith community nurses (FCNs) along with faith communities in transitional care and changes in ED visits and re-hospitalizations. The FCN Project is a joint research effort between Church Health , faith community nurses from 2 regional hospitals sites, several faith communities and the University of Memphis School of Public Health.
This panel session will present some early learning and experiences in transitional care from the perspectives of the researchers, hospitals and faith community nurses involved in the implementation of the FCN Project. Attendees will have opportunity for Q &A discussion as well as receive a summary document of early findings and recommendations for FCNs in care of transitioning discharged patients.
At the completion of this session participants will be able to describe a faith community nurse transitional care model, evaluate the early findings of a two-year faith community nursing transitional care research project, discuss implementation of faith community nurse transitional care at study sites, compare the transitional care activities of faith community nurses at 2 study sites, and summarize the role of FCNs in transitional care.
The Helen Westberg Memorial Panel Session will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Preconference Training (Short): $75
Preconference Training (Full): $150
Regular Registration: $390
Ticket sales start 2/27/18
Lodging and Travel
Symposium registration will close on April 2, 2018. Registration will NOT be accepted at the door, so be sure to register online now.
Questions? We’re here to help!
Please contact Bryana Polk at 901-701-2107 or with any questions about the Westberg Symposium.