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Preconference Course Descriptions
Monday | April 8, 2019

FULL Courses

4 contact hours

Full Course A : Educational Partners 2019 Foundations Curriculum Training and Review 
Susan Jacob, RN, PhD 
Sharon Hinton, BSN, RN-BC, MSN, DMin 
9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 
4 contact hours 
Registration Fee: $200 (includes lunch)  

Educational Partners are organizations that have contracted with the Westberg Institute to provide the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course. This interactive workshop is for new and experienced educational partner educators only. It discusses how to teach the curriculum, curriculum changes and updates, and the access and use of supplemental resources.

Open to new or renewing 2019 Educational Partners only. To register for this course, email 

Full Course BSpiritual Care 
Gretchen McDaniel, RN, PhD
Cristy Daffron, RN, DNP 
Eugenia Graves, BSN, RN 
9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
4 contact hours
Registration Fee: $150 (includes lunch) 

God often moves people through “Divine Moments.” This workshop focuses on recognizing and acting on God’s leadership and direction through the use of divine moments. It explores several diverse faith community nurse models that have overcome tremendous adversity and exist for the glory of God. Participants engage in activities to identify divine moments, develop an action plan, and adopt strategies for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s calling. 

Cristy Daffron, Eugenia Graves, and Gretchen McDaniel have worked collectively for more than 20 years promoting faith community nursing in Alabama. They have collaborated to offer symposiums and Foundations of Faith Community Nursing courses. In addition, spiritual care, free dental care, and a charitable clinic, are some of their endeavors to promote wholistic care. A common thread that binds them has developed into a workshop about “the Divine Intervention” that leads all of us—if we just listen.


2 contact hours

Short Course CStop the Bleed: Save a Life Certification Course 
Paulette Golden, RN-BC, BSN, MS, Faith Community Nurse 
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
2 contact hours
Registration Fee: $75 (includes lunch) 

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency until professional help arrives. This workshop uses lecture and return demonstration to prepare participants to respond to bleeding emergencies.  

Paulette works as the trauma injury prevention/outreach coordinator for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—Grapevine. Paulette has over 25 of years of experience in nursing. her career has been diverse, including critical care, academe, occupational health, community health, faith community nursing and injury prevention. As part of her work in trauma services, she provides Stop the Bleed training for communities and health professionals. She is a member of the Health Ministries Association, Texas Health Ministries Network, American Nurses Association, state and local nursing associations, Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, American Trauma Society, and Society of Trauma Nurses. She is a board-certified faith community nurse. 

Short Course D: Ripple Effects of the Opioid Epidemic: Ministering to Families 
Karen Wenger, RN, MS 
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
contact hours 
Registration Fee: $75 (includes lunch) 

The opioid epidemic affects the lives of families as well as the addicted person. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to discuss options to provide whole-person care and support for families dealing with the crisis of addiction. 

Karen is the faith community nursing educator for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years in a variety of settings, and a faith community nurse for 13. She and other faith community nurses used their professional and personal experiences caring for individuals and families with substance use disorder to develop this workshop to address opioid epidemic across regional area in Massachusetts through faith community nursing. They provide education to faith community nurses in faith-based ways to care for families struggling with their loved ones’ addictions.  She lives in southeastern Massachusetts, with her husband of 23 years, Mike, their three children, Kevin, Tim, and Meaghan, and their yellow Lab, Sophie. Karen is currently pursuing her DNP at Quinnipiac University.

2019 Faith Community Nurse Research Forum

Sponsored by Faith Community Nurse International (FCNI)  

The FCNI RESEARCH FORUM  will be held at the Westberg Symposium. It will be coordinated by FCNI’s Research Committee. Both the International Journal of Faith Community Nursing and the Journal of Christian Nursing will be there and present a recently published research article.

Ann Solari-Twadell and Deborah Ziebarth will share about their upcoming book, Faith Community Nursing: An International Specialty Practice Changing the Understanding of Health, and facilitate an open discussion about how researchers can lend a hand with practice translations. The updated faith community nursing citations list will be shared with 2018 research highlighted.

The date and time is April 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. The cost is $75.00, which includes lunch. 

Registration for this event is separate from the Westberg Symposium.

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