Becoming a Parish Nurse (Faith Community NursE)
- Parish nursing (now faith community nursing) is a growing specialty practice of nursing, recognized by the American Nursing Association. Any registered nurse that is a member of a congregation and has completed a parish nurse training program may serve as a parish nurse.
Most parish nurses have had several years of nursing experience in hospital-based or community-based settings.
In the spring of 2014, the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) in cooperation with the Health Ministry Association (HMA) released preliminary information regarding a board certification process for Parish Nurses (Faith Community Nurses). Nurses interested in pursuing this certification will apply through submission of a portfolio of evidence; documenting theory, knowledge, skills, and professional practice standards.
Portfolios then are submitted to a peer review process ensuring they adhere to standards set forth in the portfolio outline. Once this assessment is completed, candidates are awarded board certification status and are credentialed FCN-BC. The portfolio outline is slated for release later this summer. Visit ANCC http://www.nursecredentialing.org/FaithCommunityNursing for more information.
FCN Foundations Courses
Faith Community Nursing Foundations Courses are offered throughout the state of Indiana. These courses offer flexibility through traditional classroom settings as well as online learning. Course formats also vary and may include weekend or weekly classes, retreat settings, and independent learning.
For more information on upcoming course dates and requirements, contact the desired program representative below. Applicants for the FCN Foundations course must:
- Be a Registered Nurse with a current nursing license
- Have a minimum of two years’ experience
Parish nurse preparation courses are available in many Indiana locations including:
- Evansville: University of Southern Indiana, Sharri Herriott at 812-461-5217, 812-877-4584, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jasper: Vincennes University, Lanet Owen at 812-481-5937
- Kokomo: Indiana University of Kokomo, Lucy Tormoehlen at 765-455-9443, email@example.com
- Lafayette: Greater Lafayette Parish Nurse Development Center, Inc., Sue Buchanan at 765-477-6150, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marion: Indiana Wesleyan University, 866-498-4968, Online program
- Health Ministry Training: Central Indiana Community Health Network email@example.com
- Welborn Baptist Foundation: Amy Hanson at 812-437-8260, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Church Health Center: Find a course