Faith Community Nurse Program Guidelines

 What is a Faith Community Nurse?

The American Nurses Association “Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing
Practice”, defines a Faith Community Nurse as “a professional, registered nurse who
serves as a member of the ministry staff of a faith community to promote health as
wholeness of the faith community, its family and individual members, and the
community it serves through the independent practice of nursing as defined by the Nurse
Practice Act in the jurisdiction in which he or she practices and the standards of practice
set forth in the ‘Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing Practice’ document.”

Qualifications:

Graduate of an accredited school or college of nursing
Current licensure as a professional registered nurse (RN)
Three or more years of nursing experience in a clinical setting
Possession of a valid driver’s license

Role:

Health Counselor

Assists individuals and families understand and cope with health-related concerns. May
visit with parishioners in their homes, in hospitals and long-term care facilities, or at
established times in a parish office.

Health Educator

Provides and arranges presentations, programs and discussions on health-related topics in
an effort to promote the understanding of the relationship between lifestyle, faith and
health.

Referral Source

Facilitates the connection of parishioners with resources and support services in the
parish and surrounding community.

Facilitator

May coordinate volunteers and support groups within the parish.

Pastoral Partner

Works with and assists the pastor by assessing the health status of the parish community
and responding as needed.

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