Foundation of Faith Community Courses
Educational programs for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses ranges from basic preparation courses and Foundation of Faith Courses to Graduate Certificates from Universities and Seminaries. This is not a complete listing, but gives an idea of what is available. The Church Health Center Web site does have a more complete listing and programs can be found by location. That link can be found below. We start with a general introduction to the Foundations of Faith Course and then list more specific educational opportunities.
Who Should Take the Foundations of Faith Community Nurse Training?
This training is offered to those of any faith tradition who want to develop Health Ministry through their communities of faith.
What is a Faith Community Nurse (FCN)?
A FCN is a registered nurse with an active license in the state he/she has or has had a practice, who has taken the Foundations for Faith Community Nurse training to promote and practice Health Ministry. Whereas most health disciplines are trained in our aspect of medical care, FCNs are trained to nurture the whole person — body, mind and spirit. FCNs work in partnership with pastors, churches, hospitals, social service agencies, and the community. FCNs focus on prevention, wholeness, and wellness. In many communities of faith, the FCN is the Health Ministry team leader.
What is a Health Minister?
A Health Minister is a person in the congregation (other than a licensed RN) who has taken the Foundations for Faith Community Nurse training. His/her individual skills gifts are added to the Health Ministry Team and are often guided by a FCN or Health Ministry team leader. The Health Minister’s skills are assessed and used where most appropriate and helpful. Ministers are encouraged to go through the FCN course to better understand and direct the Health Ministry Team.
What is included in the FCN training?
There are 16 modules developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) which are included in the Foundations course. Faculty trained by IPNRC are responsible for the trainings offered.
Please check in News from the Regions for programs and information about location and dates in that Region
Also check the Church Health Center Web site for listings by state, date, on-line, and international courses.