However, Knighten, Ringen and Walters-Bible argue that faith community nursing quickly “sells itself” as faith leaders and parishioners see how vital the services can be. For a more in-depth description, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Edition. For example, after a weekly sermon, a church pastor might invite parishioners to stay for a free health screening, which the congregational nurse would then conduct. “Most nurses who come to our courses and learn about faith community nursing love it because it’s like, ‘This is what I went into nursing for,’” explained Maureen Daniels, RN, MN, the Church Health Center’s former international faith community nursing specialist, in a 2013 video. In-depth articles on the wonderful world of nursing. 2 0 obj They prayed together — Ringen for her patient, then the patient for her nurse — and exchanged cards for years afterwards. Inland Empire Historic and contemporary nurses who have advanced our profession. The Lead FCN will coordinate a yearly review of the effectiveness of the program with church leaders. stream %PDF-1.5 Beyond the professional standards, Walters-Bible notes that this calling requires “patience, humility, generosity and the ability to deal with reality.” Not every patient situation will be fixable, so this is not a specialty for nurses who thrive on quick, clear-cut results. This integration of faith and health underlies the practice of Westberg’s other legacy: parish nursing, now more broadly known as congregational or faith community nursing. ©2020 Working Nurse. It was not until after the pastor himself had suffered an emergency requiring fast intervention by paramedics that he agreed to spend the money. <>>> Sometimes, the nurse’s work is more hands-on. <>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> Here are some roles of the faith community nurse, as identified by the Westberg Institute (westberginstitute.org): • Personal health counselor • Health educator • Volunteer trainer/coordinator • Support group organizer • Referral agent • Health advocate • Integrator of faith and health. Volunteering in this role is her way “to give back to our faith community.” As the “chief nurse,” Knighten oversees health screenings, makes referrals and organizes events like Blood Pressure Sundays, working with a group of other volunteers to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of church parishioners. Many congregational nurses are volunteers, but some are paid, credentialed employees of their church or ministry. Today, there are about 16,000 faith community nurses across the U.S. One staff member who treated the patient remarked, “I wish every patient who comes from a nursing home would come with someone like you.” Work like this can lead to deep connections between nurse and patient. 1 0 obj Documents client assessment, nursing diagnosis, interventions and outcomes while maintaining confidential client record in accordance with the policy on documentation. Ringen says that her first patient was a woman in her 90s who lived alone. Faith community nursing has some similarities to public health and home health nursing, but the goal is to complement rather than replace those specialties. %���� One FCN will be appointed as lead as agreed upon yearly. Yearly evaluations completed with Leadership/Pastor. Congregational nursing can also play an important role in maintaining community cohesion, giving congregants another reason to remain part of the faith community.