Newly-Qualified Faith Community Nurses 

Faith Community Nursing (FCN) has also been called Parish Nursing. Faith community nursing involves a wholistic and caring approach that focuses on the care of individuals and groups, usually within a faith-based setting (Clarke & Hunter, 2019). Human beings have several needs that contribute to wholeness, such as physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. According to Burkhardt and Nagai-Jacobson (2016) spirituality is a critical dimension of human beings, and just as a person’s physical needs are taken care of, the spiritual needs must also be addressed. Spirituality is a concept that conveys meaning and purpose to every living being, regardless of their faith affiliation (Surbone & Baider, 2010). 

Faith Community Nursing is a professional and specialized area of nursing practice wherein qualified nurses endeavor to incorporate health and spiritual care in their nursing practice. The role of the FCN is multifaceted in that they provide intentional spiritual care, using a wholistic approach, to promote health and wellness within the faith community. They might also function in the role of health advocate, health educator, community nurse partner, and might also collaborate with physicians on behalf of the members of the faith community (Schroepfer, 2016). 

Faith Community Nurses engage in interprofessional collaboration to promote spiritual health and well-being (Burkhardt & Nagai-Jacobson, 2016). Professional relationships are established with clergy, medical services, social services, healthcare organizations, and various agencies to create a network of professionals that can provide support to members of the congregation. The supportive network of people is interconnected as they work together to care for the body, mind, and spirit of members of the faith-based organization (Schroepfer, 2016). 

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course offered by the Adventist Association of Faith Community Nursing: 

  • Sally Baker 
  • Carolyn Brandon 
  • Michell Blair 
  • Sherry Cockfield 
  • Gail Crichlow-Hall 
  • Majorie Thomas-Beckford 

Faith Community Nursing is a calling in that nurses are chosen to be the conduit to bridge the gap between health and healing and to promote wellness among the congregants, while being led by God, and we welcome these nurses to this special calling. 

By Sharon Hall Murff PhD MSN RN, CCRN, AAFCN


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