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Faith Community Nursing

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class - Spring 2022
Virtual Class Scheduled for May 12, 13, 19 & 20
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• For currently licensed RNs who want to practice as Faith Community Nurses. This class (offered online) includes 36.5 contact hours. More information on this class will be posted in the coming weeks. Please contact Bethany.Tollefson@centracare.com with any concerns or questions.
• The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, which is owned by Church Health of Memphis, Inc. 1350 Concourse Ave., Ste. 142, Memphis, TN 38104

In faith community nursing, clients work with specially trained nurses who integrate spiritual care with health care to create a more holistic healing experience. Faith community nursing plays a role in the broader dimension of congregational ministries by bringing a registered nurse to the ministry team. This provides a unique blend of nursing and ministry. However, one does not need to be connected with a faith community to become a Faith Community Nurse. For more information, please see our Becoming a Faith Community Nurse webpage.


Faith Community Nurse Partnership of Central MN Group Meetings Information

FCN meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. View 2021 meetings calendar via Google Docs.

Please the review following monthly FCN newsletter, made available via Google Docs:

For more information or to request group meetings details, please e-mail Bethany.Tollefson@centracare.com

Committee Information:

  • President: Rona Bless, FCN, Trinity Lutheran, Long Prairie

Alexandria Area Parish Nurse Group:

Val Trumm & Kathy Fischer (contact info below) meet as needed. Others are welcome to join them.

  • Val Trumm, First Lutheran Church, 320-762-2162
  • Kathy Fischer, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 320-759-2208

Integrators of Faith and Health: Ten Nurses Commissioned as New Faith Community Nurses

Congratulations to ten Registered Nurses who were commissioned as new faith community nurses at an online ceremony on November 20, 2020 after completing the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing class.

Faith community nursing is a specialized area of professional nursing recognized by the American Nurses Association. These nursing professionals, who have taken on additional training to be leaders in their faith communities, are known as Integrators of Faith and Health. The class members who were commissioned include:

  • Renee Becker - MN
  • Alishia Claibourn - CA
  • Jeanne Cleary - MN
  • Rebecca Dotson - NC
  • Deb Hendrickson - MN
  • Della Kenion - NC
  • Ashley Marquardt - MN
  • Lisa Moschkau - MN *
  • Cindy Steffl - MN
  • Christine Zaineddin - NC

*CentraCare employee


Photos From Past Faith Community Nursing Events

2019 - Blessing of Hands

2018 - November FCN Commissioning

2018 - Blessing of Hands

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

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  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO