faith community nurse

Newly-Qualified Faith Community Nurses


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 [...]

Newly-Qualified Faith Community Nurses2024-06-17T13:27:29-04:00

Embracing Mental Health Awareness: A Guide for Adventist Faith Community Nurses


Embracing Mental Health Awareness: A Guide for Adventist Faith Community Nurses The Month of May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness month since its inception in 1949. Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) within the Seventh-day Adventist Church are in a unique position to recognize and assist individuals who may be experiencing mental health challenges. We recognize the importance of caring from a wholistic perspective. Individuals and communities can benefit from our knowledge of addressing the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. As we consider our profession, it is incumbent upon us to strategically position ourselves to [...]

Embracing Mental Health Awareness: A Guide for Adventist Faith Community Nurses2024-06-20T10:43:00-04:00

Celebrating Nurses’ Sabbath


Celebrating Nurses' Sabbath Featured Article, June 2024 For over 40 years, the beginning of May has been a time designated for acknowledging nurses. For many workplaces it’s now a week-long celebration concluding on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is long considered to be the founder of modern nursing. This year, the Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church in southern Oregon designated May 4th as “Nurses’ Recognition Sabbath,” an idea strongly supported by church members and leaders alike. In preparation for the special program, organizers were astonished to discover the church had 33 nurses! When including retired [...]

Celebrating Nurses’ Sabbath2024-06-17T13:21:17-04:00

Interview with Katia Reinhert


Interview with Katia Reinert Featured Article, March 2024 Ms. Katia, It's my honor to have you share your views with the AAFCN community. On this 10th yr. anniversary, I am excited to hear about the origin, rich history, and progress of the Adventist Association of Faith Community Nursing. “AAFCN” organization. RS: Question #1: What was the origin of the AAFCN organization? Date? KR: The preliminary work for the development of The Adventist Association of Faith Community Nursing (AAFCN) begun in 2011, and it became an official organization in 2013. RS: Question #2: Who were the founding members? [...]

Interview with Katia Reinhert2024-04-01T10:13:46-04:00

Empowered Nursing Ministry


Empowered Nursing Ministry Unveiling the Divine Strategy Featured Article, December 2023 “God is the best strategist!” remarked a friend in our recent conversation as she recounted how she had been recognizing God’s leading in her life during challenging times. That conversation left me thinking about our strategic planning sessions AAFCN leadership held earlier this year. Your AAFCN leaders came away with a similar impression. Yes, God is the best strategist! The vision God placed in our hearts and minds was something I do not think any of us fully anticipated. It was a broader, higher, and [...]

Empowered Nursing Ministry2024-01-02T22:19:09-05:00

A Friend Indeed


A Friend Indeed Dear Friends, Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Proverb 27:9. ESV As the President of our AAFCN shared at our annual membership meeting on September 19, 2023, we have made significant changes to our membership structure, now offering three categories of membership in our Association. In addition to those who have completed the Foundation Course and are now Faith Community Nurses (FCNs), we are thrilled to announce that our Association (still referred to as the AAFCN) is extending membership to all [...]

A Friend Indeed2023-10-16T15:41:13-04:00

Church Safety and the Nurse


Church Safety and the Nurse Understanding the protocol response to active threats and the FCN role in prevention and response Learning Objectives Some of the major causes that lead to threats on faith based properties are issues that fall under the ‘ministry umbrella’ of the Faith Based Community Nurse. (Mental illness, persistent health issues, emotional problems, domestic struggles…) In an emergency where there is a threat to the members of the church, the Faith Community Nurse can serve as a first responder to help those who are less mobile to be able to [...]

Church Safety and the Nurse2024-02-14T20:09:41-05:00

The Morning Manna Story


The Morning Manna Story The Morning Manna story: An inspiring story of community faith in action, born out of the belly of a Faith Community Nurse (FCN). Morning Manna is a prayer group, based in Atlanta, Georgia, that positively impacts people and situations all over the world, through prayer. Dr. Rosalyn Saunders, a Nurse Practitioner and now Faith Community Nurse, started Morning Manna eleven years ago. The seeds of hope and healing were planted in her, at the tender age of four, as she grew in stature and wisdom, observing the works of her grandmother, a [...]

The Morning Manna Story2023-09-13T12:56:08-04:00

AAFCN Member Dedication


AAFCN Member Dedication Featured Article, June 2023 "Piedmont Park dedicated Tammy Adams as its Faith Community Nurse. It is the first ministry of its kind at Piedmont," says Hugh Davis. "The North American Division Health Ministries department describes Faith Community Nurses as trained nurses who serve a church or congregation to improve the health of its members. Faith Community Nursing, previously Parish Nursing, is a growing specialty recognized by the American Nurses Association. As Piedmont's FCN, her role will consist of health advocacy, educator, counselor, referral agent, volunteer facilitator, and coordinator. Tammy wants to help members focus [...]

AAFCN Member Dedication2023-10-11T11:37:09-04:00

Betsy Johnson


Jocelyn White Nurse Spotlight, September 2023 Interview with Betsy Johnson, FCN, Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church Please tell us about your being led you into your current role. Initially, I was clueless about the specialty practice of Faith Community Nursing (FCN). However, many years ago Bernice DeShay, a nurse and member of our congregation, asked me and another nurse if we would be interested in taking the Foundations course in Parish Nursing, the former title of Faith Community Nursing. She was teaching at Washington Adventist University, was one of the instructors and instrumental in bringing the course [...]

Betsy Johnson2023-09-13T11:08:33-04:00
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