The Catholic Charities Interfaith Health and Wellness’ Program commitment to holistic care of the body, mind and spirit continues through the Faith Community Nursing program, also known as parish or congregational nursing. Regardless of the name used by a faith community to identify the nurse who serves on its ministry staff, the nurse and the practice are recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a specialty and practitioners follow the Faith Community Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice published by the ANA.
The Faith Community Nursing program provides critical health promotion and maintenance within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community, and healthcare assistance by assisting individuals who might not be receiving the care they need. A parish nurse serves as health educator, health counselor, resource for church and community services, advocate for those in need, and facilitator of health ministries.
What is a Faith Community Nurse?
A Faith Community Nurse must meet the following qualifications:
View the Job Description of a Faith Community Nurse
View the Roles/Functions of a Parish Nurse
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
Each year during the month of June, the Interfaith Health and Wellness Program offers a Faith Community Nurse Basic Preparation Course which provides Registered Nurses education and support to create health ministry programs in their respective congregations. It is a comprehensive week-long course of study approved for 33 CEUs and recognized by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center.
Learn more about this course – view the course description and Basic Preparation Curriculum
View/print the course registration form
The Faith Community Nursing program brings together Registered Nurses in the community at Networking Meetings which are held every other month. To find a meeting, please view our Events Calendar