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Upcoming Events to Share With Faith Communities

The Realities of Aging

Remaining Classes:

  • Tues., Jan. 8, 2019
  • Tues., Feb. 5, 2019

Learn More: Download informational flyer now (PDF)

Where: St. Francis Xavier Gathering Space, 219 2nd Street North, Sartell

RSVP: Encouraged. Please e-mail Rose or Bev.

Central Minnesota Council on Aging (CMCOA) Classes

The CMCOA has a number of classes available. Among them include sessions on:

  • improving balance
  • increasing physical activity
  • being aware of one's risk of falls
  • helping people live successfully with chronic pain

To see the schedule of upcoming classes and for more information, visit http://www.cmcoa.org/calendar.shtml. From this calendar, most classes have a flyer that you can print and post in your church and community.

Education Opportunities

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.

Find a Faith Community Nursing Foundation's course by date, state or online.

In Minnesota, there are two 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. In 2018, the class will be offered April 9-13 and October 8-12. 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The St. Cloud School of Nursing Alumni Association.
    The Alumni group budgets money each year for Parish Nurse Scholarships. Among the purposes in our Constitution and Bylaws are the objectives to promote fellowship and mutual support among the graduates of our (now-closed) School of Nursing and to provide continuing education opportunities to our alumni. Please call Elaine Prom, Treasurer, if you have any questions 320-253-7363.
  • The Central MN Parish Nurse Advisory Committee is offering $250 scholarships for persons intending to work as parish nurses in Central Minnesota. Conditions of the scholarships include:
    • The parish nurse role will be activated within 6-9 months of course completion.
    • In a brief letter (one page or less), please address how the above criteria will be met in your parish nurse ministry.
    • Reside in Central Minnesota or have approval from the Central Minnesota Parish Nurse Ministry Committee Officers.
    Contact Annette Jesh for a scholarship guidelines and application questions 320-249-0280. Download the scholarship application (PDF)
  • The Catholic Education Ministries Grant generally covers about one third of tuition with the expectation that the parish and the awardee each pay one third. Application deadlines are Jan. 15, May 15 and Aug. 15. Processing and approval are usually completed within five weeks. Please submit the completed grant application to: Linda L. Kaiser, Director, Catholic Education Ministries, Diocese of St. Cloud, 305 7th Ave. N, St. Cloud, MN 56303, 320-251-0111. Catholic Education Ministries Grant Application (PDF)
  • Scholarships from Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN) of the Twin Cities. FCNN is committed to increasing the number of faith community nurses practicing in the metro area. FCNN will award a limited number of $150 scholarships to Registered Nurses who live in the 11-county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, or Wright County).

    For consideration, the nurse must submit an initial $300 payment along with a letter of support from her congregation’s leadership (i.e. pastor, rabbi, church council) documenting (1) the congregation’s intent to initiate a faith community nursing program and their support of this nurse’s candidacy and (2) a statement of financial need. The nurse will be notified if a scholarship will be awarded within 2 weeks of receipt of all required materials. Learn more at http://www.fcnntc.org.

Funding Opportunity

Elim Care Faith Community Nursing offers up to $1,000 in matching funds to North Central District EFCA churches to assist in starting a Faith Community Nurse Ministry. Funding may cover education costs for a 36 hour FCN preparation course. For more information, contact:

Joanne Hall, RN, BN
Faith Community Nurse/Director of Faith Community Nursing
Elim Care Ministries
7485 Office Ridge Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Joanne.hall@elimcare.org
952.259.4461
www.elimcare.org

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)

Questions?

Email the St. Cloud Hospital Parish Health Ministries Program.