Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a parish nurse?
Registered nurses with several years' experience and a current Indiana license and who have completed a 'foundations in faith community nursing' course.
Is this only available to Christian congregations?
Health ministries are reflected in any faith community. There are Jewish Congregational Nurses, Muslim Crescent Nurses, and registered nurses serving in similar capacities within other faith traditions throughout the country.
How long does it take to establish a parish nurse ministry?
Like any other ministry being introduced into the congregation, if it is to be sustained over time, careful planning and implementation need to be provided. Often the early work of mindset development and education can be time consuming. It must be considered that the work group will meet probably once a month for two hours.
This reflects the often voluntary nature of the work and the importance of developing a sound foundation for the ministry to sustain. It can take as long as 12 to 24 months to establish the parish nurse ministry. However, in taking that time and expending the effort it is more likely that the ministry will be integrated successfully into the life of the congregation.
Does a parish nurse get paid or is it always volunteer?
Parish nurses can be either a paid or unpaid staff member of the church.
How can I learn more?
Click here for a guide addressing parish nurse history, health ministry benefits and roles, nurse preparation, and pastoral support. Still have questions?
What is the credentialing process for Faith Community Nursing?