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Faith Community Nurse Program Guidelines

Faith Community Nursing

Promoting health as wholeness of faith

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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