A Faith Community Nurse (FCN), previously known as Parish Nurse, is a trained nurse who serves within a faith community to improve the health of its members. They recognize that spiritual care is central to the practice of an FCN and, working with the pastoral team, facilitate wholistic health for the congregation. The FCN works to integrate the standards of health within the context of faith.
Most FCNs are BSN prepared, have current experience in the nursing process, and have successful completed the Foundations Course. Many are masters and doctoral prepared and have degrees in fields such as nursing, psychology, education, and theology. The FCN is a recognized nursing specialty by the American Nurses Association.
The Adventist Association of Faith Community Nursing (AAFCN) is a network of Seventh-day Adventist FCNs and Friends who believe in the Values of Adventist Health Ministries. Together, they seek to further the work of FCNs within churches, hospitals, and communities. Visit the Membership page for more information on benefits and to join this growing movement.