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.

Next Course

Our next class will begin in March 2023 and complete during the NAD Health Summit, April 2-8, 2023 in Lexington, KY.  Students are required to attend the online Zoom session in March as well as the Health Summit.

Cost:  $580 USD per person

Course Content

Unit I: Spirituality

  • History and philosophy
  • Health, healing and whole person health
  • Spiritual care
  • Prayer

Unit II:  Professionalism

  • Ethical issues
  • Documenting practice
  • Legal Aspects
  • Beginning your ministry
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Assessment and Accessing Resources
  • Advocacy, Care Coordination and Transitional Care

Unit III:  Wholistic Health

  • Health Promotion
  • Behavioral Health
  • Transforming Life Issues –Violence
  • Transforming Life Issues – Loss, Suffering and Grief

Course Material

This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing which is owned by the Spiritual Care Association of New York, NY.

The following are included in your registration cost.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum

Participant Guide 2019 Revision

Faith Community Nursing

Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Edition

Continuing Education

Adventist HealthCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

This activity has been awarded 40 Contact Hours.  In order to obtain contact hours, you must: attend the entire program and complete a course evaluation.  This activity is jointly provided by Adventist HealthCare and Seventh-day Adventist Church North American Division.

This activity has no commercial support.  None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Contact hours and a certificate of completion are awarded commensurate with participation and completion of final evaluation. The nurse must fulfill the following:

  1. Current RN license in the intended state of service
  2. Complete application and forms, as requested
  3. Basic Computer skills
  4. Basic ability to utilize Zoom and interact with an online platform
  5. Must be on camera and participate in all classes with timely completion of all pre and post course work, including evaluation quizzes to receive Contact Hours

Invite Others

Please share these documents with other nurses to invite them to join this online course.

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Course Details

Fact Sheet