3 Places to Find Education in Faith Community Nursing

If  you are thinking about becoming a parish/faith community nurse…or about becoming certified in faith community nursing, then you need foundational education to support your practice.


I’ve identified 3 places where nurses can find both in person and online continuing education opportunities.


Photo source: Being Truly Well blog

Photo source: Being Truly Well blog

1. The Church Health Center

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing and Faith Community Nursing Coordinator courses are offered year-round by educational partners across the country and internationally. Search for an upcoming course by location or date. Don’t forget to check out upcoming online and international courses, too!

On this site, you can find many states that do offer in person foundations courses; however, since there were not any near me, I took an online course from Western Kentucky University with Carol Bradford, MSN, RN and Beverly Siegrist, EdD, MS, RN.  It was comprehensive, self paced, interactive with instructors and classmates, and I came out of it with useful completed course projects and many resources and materials to support my practice as a faith community nurse. I highly recommend this course! 

2. The Health Ministries Association

Current listings include Foundations of Faith Community Nursing, Basic Training for Congregational Health Leaders, Congregational Nursing Foundation Course: Save the Date, and Omaha System International Conference.


3. Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC, designs and develops continuing professional education courses, certificate programs, curricula, classes, and workshops for an interdisciplinary audience, including nurses, health care professionals, and other interested individuals. With a focus on integrative health, wellness, and a holistic perspective, ALLEGRA Learning Solutions is the premier education provider for those who wish to enhance their health care knowledge, skills and abilities.

On this site, I highly recommend any of the courses that make up their Certificate in Spirituality, Health, and Healing.  I took several of these and found that they provide in depth material on the subject matter, and I was impressed with the extensive supporting literature!  You will not be disappointed if you take one of these courses, except for the fact that it will give you knowledge, not experience.

Licensed photo courtesy Denise Krebs

Licensed photo courtesy Denise Krebs

Does anyone have recommendations for learning spiritual care?  Where can a new faith community nurse (or one seeking to expand their practice) find this?

Does anyone have other recommendations for continuing education in faith community nursing?

Please share in the comments, along with reviews of any of the above if you’ve participated in them.


About courtholmes

Nurse Practitioner, Faith Community Nurse, Parish Nurse, Certified Wound Specialist, DNP Student at Quinnipiac University, Social Media Enthusiast... Passionate about integrating faith and health! CT Faith Community Nurses on Twitter @CTFCN

Posted on November 11, 2014, in Continuing Education, Foundational Education, Professional Development and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Check out Dayton University’s Virtual Learning Community For Faith Formation online Parish Nursing courses.
    These two courses will enrich your practice.


    • Fran,

      Thank you for sharing this! For others interested, click this link https://vlc.udayton.edu/courses/courses.php?group_by_track=1
      then look under the “Spirituality” heading for the parish nurse focused courses.
      Lots of others available!

      “The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation is a new initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet.

      The goal is to support the church’s professional ministry of religious education and faith formation in cyberspace.”


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