Something new is starting at Prince of Peace! Our church council has given the go ahead for a Faith Community Nursing Program (also known as Parish Nursing or Congregational Nursing).
One thing a Faith Community Nurse can do is educate. For starters, watch for other articles, hopefully each month, in our church newsletter. For this first article, I just want to tell you a bit about what a Faith Community Nurse is. Actually, I’m going to let the American Nurses Association tell you…
“Faith community nursing is a nursing specialty practice that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit and the promotion of a distinctively integrated approach to health and health care within the context of such faith communities as a church, congregation, parish, synagogue, temple, mosque, or faith-based community agency. The faith community nurse (FCN) provides nursing care and spiritual care to a faith community and others by drawing on professional skills, knowledge, and resources, as well as individuals and groups within and outside of that community. In the context of the values, beliefs, and practices of a faith community, the goals of each FCN are the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities; the prevention of illness and injury; and the alleviation of suffering.”
(From The American Nurse July 20, 2014)
A Faith Community Nurse is not a home health care nurse. A Faith Community Nurse does not give medications or provide therapies. A Faith Community Nurse can educate, provide resource information and visit the sick. A Faith Community Nurse believes in a wholistic approach as we address body, mind and spirit of parishioners.
How comprehensive this program becomes is totally dependent on how many nurses want to be involved and how much time they are able to donate. The plan is to start small and let God lead us as we grow.
Sue Struck, RN
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