What is a faith community (parish) nurse?
Faith community nurse courses
Courses are now available for RNs interested in becoming faith community nurses. For upcoming Indianapolis-area courses, visit our resources page >>
A faith community nurse (FCN) is an experienced RN with an active license who assists members of his or her faith community in achieving improved wellness by intentionally incorporating mind, body, and spirit. The faith community nurse completes an educational course created by the Parish Nurse Resource Center to prepare for this ministry.
The FCN uses education, advocacy, and health counseling to empower church members to achieve optimum wellness. The nurse often serves on a health ministry board and acts as coordinator of the congregational ministry.
A faith community nurse must possess:
- An active RN license with three years experience
- Spiritually mature
- Excellent communicator
- Organized, creative and flexible
The faith community nurse is vital in delivering holistic, health education to his or her church as part of an effective health ministry. Faith Health Initiative supports these nurses by providing informative meetings, health information, and faith-based, wellness class curriculum and training. FHI offers a network with which the FCN can learn, grow and feel supported. Explore FCN resources >>
Become a faith community nurse
If you are an RN and want to use your nursing knowledge and expertise to serve your body of faith, contact FHI for information on faith community nursing courses in our area and to learn about the many ways a faith community nurse can impact both church and community.
Scholarships are available for current or retired Community Health Network nurses.
Contact Lisa Fleetwood at 317-355-7801 or lfleetwood@eCommunity.com for more information.