The Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg had a vision of holistic health care as being facilitated through the church. After a parish nurse pilot project was successful, the idea of parish nursing began to spread quickly. As parish nursing grew and expanded to other countries, the name of the center he founded changed to become the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. In 1987, 78 people gathered in Park Ridge, Illinois for the Granger Westberg Parish Nurse Symposium. Parish Nurse is the historical term Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg chose as the name of this specialty practice. This is a professional ministry; it connotes service not only to the congregation but also to the wider community within the geographic area surrounding the physical location of the church or sanctuary. ( Orientation Guide on FCN- Faculty Guide).
The scope and standard of practice (2017, 3rd ed.) now uses the term Faith Community Nursing (FCN). FCN provides spiritual care in the faith community as well as the broader community. The goals of FCN are the protection, promotion and optimizing of health and abilities, the prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human responses, and advocacy in the context of the values, beliefs, and practice of a faith community such as the church, congregation, parish, synagogue, temple, mosque, or faith–based community agency (ANA/HMA, 2017, p2).
The Faith Community Nurse serving in this specialized ministry reflects the following learning outcome:
- Integrate into faith community nursing practice the core concepts of spiritual formation, professionalism, shalom as health and wholeness, and community, incorporating culture and diversity.
- Demonstrate competence and confidence in various ways of thinking, knowing, analysing such as the application of the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation with emphasis on theological perspective.
- Develop skills in advocating, leading and collaborating through partnership between faith community nurses, other professionals, individuals, families, congregations, and other faith–based communities.
- Integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, with, and through the community of faith in which faith community nurses serve.
Learning / Teaching Strategies
The presentation of each module needs to be enriched through use of small group discussions or sharing, experiential exercises (individually or in groups), and other teaching strategies.
Due to the diversity of settings represented, the professional nursing standards of practice and regulations, cultural norms, geographic area, and the faith traditions of the particular location are highly considered.
- 36.5 hours. (15 modules)