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Faith community nurses volunteer time and service to their communities of faith. They give care to the body, mind and spirit by focusing on health promotion, illness/injury prevention, chronic disease education and helping community members navigate the health system.
 


 

Training Opportunities

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
The preparation course is recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) with formal scope and standards. Through this nondenominational program, registered nurses receive continuing education hours, as well as the support and resources necessary to build a Faith Community Nursing program in a faith community. 

Training is offered twice per year includes about seven weeks of independent study and four days of classroom work.

You must be a registered nurse with a current license or a student in a baccalaureate nursing program. You must also have at least two years of experience in health assessment and problem solving.

Register for upcoming training here.

Monthly/Quarterly Online Education
Continuing education sessions provide engagement with other faith community nurses in a learning environment that allows for discussion of best practices.

Annual Symposium/Summit
The annual summit is an opportunity for faith community leaders, health ministry leaders, faith community nurses and health promotion ambassadors to collaborate and network. The summit may include topics like:

  • Building a health ministry
  • Serving at-risk/vulnerable populations
  • Health and social disparities
  • Incorporating mental health wellness
  • Sharing perspectives about pandemic response
  • Collaborating to assist one another during a disaster
  • Spiritual belief literacy. 
 
 

Client Encounter Documentation

The client encounter database is a reporting tool to help faith community nurses and health ministry leaders meet professional documentation standards and measure outcome metrics.

Access the client encounter database (account required).
 


 

Helpful Health Ministry Resources

Find useful instructions and toolkits, browse the education library, learn more about resources at Carle and find links to organizations.

View Helpful Health Ministry Resources.
 


 

History

A Parish Nursing program was established at Carle in 1997. As part of the first class, 40 nurses committed to champion whole person health in their faith communities. Since then, more than 500 nurses have trained and found joy serving their congregations. Training and continuing education have evolved over the years as more faith communities join this emerging specialty. The American Nurses Association drafted and approved Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards in 2005 and the name of the specialty practice changed to Faith Community Nursing.