Faith Community Nursing
Community-Based Health & Wellness
The Centura Faith Community Nursing Program embodies the integration between spirituality and health. This is done by facilitating health and wellness in the communities around our hospitals through partnerships and alliances with churches, schools, senior centers, housing developments and community organizations.
The programs offer a variety of wellness and illness prevention based on the community's needs. To learn more or for further information please contact:
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
St. Anthony North Hospital
St Anthony Central Hospital
What is Faith Community Nursing?
Faith community nursing (also known as parish nursing) is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as a part of the process of promoting wholistic health and preventing or minimizing illness within a faith community. Intentional care of the spirit makes the difference from other nursing care (ANA & HMA, 2005).
This specialized practice involves nurses in their faith communities assisting people in regards to health issues of the body, mind and spirit. The faith community nurse (FCN) is knowledgeable in two areas--professional nursing and spiritual care. The goal of an FCN is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities; prevention of illness and injury; and responding to suffering in the context of the values, beliefs, and practices of a faith community such as a church, congregation, parish, synagogue, temple, or mosque (ANA & HMA, 2005).
Faith community nurses have many opportunities to speak with people, informally between services, during coffee hours, at meetings, fellowship meals and in-home with the sick or homebound, extending to the community an opportunity for care which otherwise may not be met. The professional activities of the FCN may include assisting clients with the integration of their faith with their health needs, as a health educator, personal health counselor, identifier of appropriate referral resources, and a health advocate. Appropriate and effective practice as an FCN requires the ability to integrate current nursing, behavioral, environmental, and spiritual knowledge with the unique spiritual beliefs and practices of the faith community into a program of wholistic nursing care (ANA & HMA, 2005).