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Westberg Symposium for Faith Community Nursing
Expanding Horizons of FCN Practice
April 9-11, 2018
First Baptist Broad Church
Memphis, TN

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Welcome to the 2018 Westberg Symposium!

We invite you to attend the 2018 Westberg Symposium April 9–11, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the years, the Westberg Symposium has become the premier gathering and network for faith community nurses from across the globe. Participants develop supportive connections and gain new ideas and skills as distinguished speakers share techniques and experiences for the benefit of the professional practice.

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!


Expanding Horizons of Faith Community Nursing Practice

Program Objectives

    • 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

The planners and speakers have declared no conflict of interest.

Non-Endorsement of Products

Approval for this Symposium refers only to the continuing nursing education activity. There is no implied or real endorsement of any product, service, or company referred to during the Symposium or of any organization subsidizing costs related to the Symposium.


Participants will gain knowledge of faith community nurse practice in diverse settings, as well as, information to promote integration of best-practice research and collaborative partnerships into practice.

Commercial Support

Commercial support from JuicePlus+ has in no way influenced or biased the content or planning of the continuing nursing education portions of the Symposium in accordance with TNA & ANCC 2015 standards.

Continuing Education Hours

This continuing nursing education activity has been approved by the Westberg Institute CNE Provider Unit. The Westberg Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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.

Keynote Presentations

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. 

Read Marjorie Thompson’s Bio

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 P
rofessional 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.  

Read Alyson Breisch’s Bio


The Anne Marie Djupe Memorial Lecture will be delivered on Tuesday, April 10 at 4:45 p.m


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.


Symposium Pricing


Preconference Training (Short): $75

Preconference Training (Full): $150

Regular Registration: $390
     Ticket sales start 2/27/18

Student: $250


Non-profit Exhibitors: $100
Commercial Exhibitors: $200

For payment by check, complete the application form in the Exhibitor Manual.
For payment by credit card, complete the online application here.

Dinner Tickets

Single: $35

Table: $275

Lodging and Travel

Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Click below for a list of local hotels. 


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.

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