Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) provide intentional care to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and communities. This six-week virtual/online course utilizes the 2019 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing curriculum to help nurses of any faith or spiritual community to provide information to promote wellness, healing, health promotion, and disease prevention and lifestyle management.
As a nursing specialty, there are specific qualifications needed for those entering faith community nursing. The person must be a registered nurse with an unencumbered, current license in the state where he/she will practice, or a student in a baccalaureate nursing education program. At least 2 years of experience where health assessment and problem-solving skills have been developed is preferred.
The full curriculum offers 40 contact hours to prepare FCNs to serve in this specialized ministry. The FCN training:
- focuses on core concepts of spiritual growth, professionalism, health and wholeness, and community.
- encourages individual spiritual growth
- includes various ways of thinking (and knowing), such as the application of the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. A theological perspective is also emphasized.
- develops the nurse for a leadership role in collaborative health ministry.
- supplies the content to develop and sustain a faith community nursing practice.
- fosters inter-professional collaboration.
The specialty of Faith Community Nursing is a ministry that allows the nurse to combine their professional practice with their spiritual insights.