What is Faith Community Nursing?

Faith Community Nursing is “…the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.” (American Nurses Association, 2005, Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice)

A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) is an experienced registered nurse whose central focus is intentional care of the spirit. FCNs serve as a connection between health care and the faith community by providing wholistic care of body, mind and spirit for those served.

As members of the ministerial staff, the Faith Community nurse works alongside members both within and outside the walls of a faith community to empower them to make positive health choices that will enable them to live the abundant life that is possible for all regardless of the state of their current health status. Roles may include health counselor, health educator, health advocate, and referral agent for community services.

Shenandoah is proud to support the role of Faith Community Nurses in our community through our innovative programs. We offer two FCN training tracks each year: the Basic Course and the Advanced course.

Formerly called Parish Nursing, Faith Community Nursing is a specialty practice in nursing recognized by the American Nurses Association. The Faith Community Nurse must have an active license and have specialized training in spiritual care utilizing a standardized curriculum such as the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Faith Community Nursing is one of the fastest growing specialties in nursing and promises to be even more prominent as it finds is place in community based care in health care reform.

For your convenience, the School of Nursing now offers Online Registration for all Continuing Education courses.  Please go to Online Registration  – click ‘MAIN MENU TAB’, click ‘Register with Instant Enrollment’, click ‘SUBMIT’, choose Faith Community Nursing course and complete registration.

Advanced Preparation Course for Faith Community Nurse Coordinators & Managers

November 4-6, 2015

The course is based on the 2012 curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center in consultation with the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This continuing education activity is provided by Shenandoah University, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

 For more information, click here to view the FCN Advanced Preparation Course Flyer 2015.  

Applicants must hold a current RN license and have completed a basic preparation FCN course that utilized the endorsed curriculum of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. If you participated in another basic FCN education program, please contact Amy Brown, Shenandoah University’s FCN/Continuing Education Coordinator, for the School of Nursing at 540-678-4374.

If you are eligible, please go to Online Registration to register – click ‘MAIN MENU TAB’, click ‘Register with Instant Enrollment’, click ‘SUBMIT’, choose Faith Community Nursing course and complete registration.

Please contact Amy Brown at abrown3@su.edu if you have any questions.

Shenandoah University is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Virginia Nurses Association and by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To receive contact hours, full participation in the activity is required including completion of the activity evaluation at the end of the program.

What does a Faith Community Nurse do?

Health Education 
Promotes an atmosphere where individuals of all ages, through a variety of educational activities, can explore the relationship between values, attitudes, lifestyle, faith and health.

Personal Health Counseling
Discusses health issues and problems with individuals.
Makes home, hospital and nursing home visits as needed.

Makes Referrals 
Provides referrals to other congregational resources as well as those found in the community at large.

Coordinates Volunteers 
Recruits volunteers and coordinates resources within the congregation to serve in various health ministries.

Develops Support Groups 
Facilitates the development of support groups for members of the faith community and people from the external community.

Advocates for Healthy Living
Works with the client, faith community and primary health resources to provide what is in the best interest of the client from a whole person perspective.

Helps Congregants to Understand Connection of Faith and Health
In all activities and contacts, the faith community nurse seeks to promote the understanding of the relationship between faith and health.


FCN Helpful Resources

Health Ministries Association

The Health Ministries Association is recognized as the only national professional membership organization for Faith Community Nurses. For more information, click here. >>>

International Parish Nurse Resource Center

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center is the primary source for education, resources, and standardized curriculum for Faith Community Nurses. For more information, click here. >>>

Nurses Christian Fellowship

Nurses Christian Fellowship is an organization which supports nurses in integrating their Christian faith with their nursing practice. For more information, click here. >>>