What is Faith Community Nursing?

Faith Community Nursing is "...the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting wholistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community." (American Nurses Association, 2005, Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice)

A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) is an experienced registered nurse whose central focus is intentional care of the spirit. Faith Community Nurses offer a healing presence within a faith community, weaving the spiritual with the standards of practice and code of ethics for the nursing profession. FCNs serve as a connection between health care and the faith community by providing wholistic care of body, mind and spirit for those served.

As members of the ministerial staff, the Faith Community nurse works alongside members both within and outside the walls of a faith community to empower them to make positive health choices that will enable them to live the abundant life that is possible for all regardless of the state of their current health status.  Roles may include health counselor, health educator, health advocate, and referral agent for community services.

Shenandoah is proud to support the role of Faith Community Nurses in our community through our innovative programs. We offer two FCN training tracks each year: the Basic Course  and the Advanced course.

Formerly called Parish Nursing, Faith Community Nursing is a specialty practice in nursing recognized by the American Nurses Association. The FCN must have an active license and have specialized training in spiritual care utilizing a standardized curriculum such as the International Parish Nurse Resource Center.  Faith Community Nursing is one of the fastest growing specialties in nursing and promises to be even more prominent as it finds is place in community based care in health care reform.  Leaders believe the specialty practice can offer many solutions in a challenging health care system as we attempt to help congregants make wise health choices, becoming advocates for their own health. The vision of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center is that every faith community would have access to a Faith Community Nurse.

FCN Helpful Resources

The Health Ministries Association is recognized as the only national professional membership organization for Faith Community Nurses. The International Parish Nurse Resource Center is the primary … Continue reading

What does a Faith Community Nurse Do?

Contributes to Health Education-Promotes an atmosphere where individuals of all ages, through a variety of educational activities, can explore the relationship between values, attitudes, lifestyle, faith and health. Counseling-Discusses health issues and problems with individuals … Continue reading

FCN Curriculum

Shenandoah University’s Faith Community Nursing offers several programs to advance your faith nursing practice … Continue reading

Contact SU Faith Community Nursing

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Brown, FCN Coordinator, School of Nursing Shenandoah University (540) 678-4374 or via email at abrown3@su.edu. Thank you!