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Faith Community Nurse Foundation Classes (Required)

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum

Across the United States, 140 locations/universities/agencies provide the basic education required for a Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse. Including our...

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class - May 2020
For currently licensed RNs who want to practice as Faith Community Nurses. This hybrid class includes 30 on-site hours and 8 self-study hours.
The Health Ministries of Central Minnesota Committee is offering scholarships of up to $250. To apply for a scholarship or for questions, please contact Annette.Jesh@centracare.com prior to payment.
Review class information
Download program flier (PDF)
Scholarship application (PDF)
Sample bulletin announcement (PDF)

This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, which curriculum is owned by Church Health of Memphis, Inc. 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 142, Memphis, TN 38104.

Other regional organizations that provide the basic program:

  • Concordia College of Moorhead – Visit website for more information.
  • Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities (FCNNTC) offers the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) certified course in a 42.4 CEU format taught by professional nursing faculty who are both educators and experienced faith community nurses representing an array of faith community nursing practice. For more information or questions about the Faith Community Nursing Course, please contact FCNN at 651-204-0904 or contact@fcnntc.org. To register, download a brochure and to learn more, please visit www.fcnntc.org/education/foundations-course/.

Continuing Education: Required Ongoing Education

Parish Nurses are required to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing criteria for continuing education which is 24 hours every two years. These continuing education programs may include both clinical nursing as well as courses that enhance the parish nurse role.

  • MN Board of Nursing contact hours (formerly referred to as Continuing Education Units or CEUs) are based on 60 minutes of learning. Last at least 0.25 contact hours (15 minutes). Continuing Education. Overview (CE Rules & Requirements) from MN Department of Nursing Continuing Ed Link: MN Board of Nursing CE Rules. Learn more at http://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/continuing-ed/
  • Parish Nurses in the Diocese of Saint Cloud are required to complete the Diocesan Safe Environment Training and report the training to the parish office.

For more on Faith Community Nursing monthly meetings, please review our Group Meetings Information page.

Parish Nurse Recruitment Samples

Parish Nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting wholistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community. It is a part of a broader outreach health ministry. With parish nursing and a structured health ministry program, the parishioners find connectedness, encouragement, hope and love.

Download the following resources to help recruit other Faith Community Nurses and share information about its mission.

Sample Bulletin Announcement (PDF)
FCN Recruitment Letter (PDF)
Letter From Alison Jergens, FCN, on Her Ministry (PDF)
FCN Exploration and Implementation Packet (PDF)


News

Annual Mass for Health Care Professionals

Save the Date: The White Mass for Health Care Professionals has been set for Sunday, November 8, 10:30 a.m., 2020 at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph. The Bishop’s Blessing of Health Care Professionals (PDF) can be used in your church.

New FCNs Commissioned

The third Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class was held this May 2019. Five new FCN’s were Commissioned on Friday, May 17, bringing the total to 21 new FCN’s since we started a class in St. Cloud in April of 2018.

Pictured here (left-to-right) are: Back row - Carol Engelhart, RN, MS, FCN, Foundations of FCN Class Educator; Joyce Simones, RN, EdD, FCN, Foundations of FCN Lead Educator. Front row - Rebecca Anderson, Faithbridge Church, Park Rapids; Barb Friederichs, St. Mary’s, Alexandria; Sheila Klous, Fellowship Bible Church, Pierz; Tami Rieland, St. Paul’s Church, Sauk Centre; May Schomer, Fellowship Bible Church, Pierz.

Congratulations to this wonderful group! They bring diverse nursing and faith backgrounds to this ministry.

  • May and Sheila are from the Bible Fellowship Church in Pierz.
  • Barb joins Parish Nurse, Kathy Fischer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria.
  • Becky joins 3 other FCN’s at Faithbridge Church in Park Rapids.
  • Tami is new to St. Paul’s Church in Sauk Centre.
  • Four work as RN’s, one is retired and another is retiring.