9 Strategic CE Courses for Faith Community Nurses

As faith community nurses, we need to be lifelong learners so we can competently serve those who look to us for health guidance in our communities. We may be called upon to use our knowledge and skills in a wide variety of content areas within healthcare, so a broad knowledge base is what we need (along with experience of course).

Where do we begin? I looked to the ANCC’s Portfolio Content Outline for faith community nurse certification for strategic guidance on this endeavor. Under the Professional Development category, it says…

The Faith Community Nurse is to provide evidence in the professional development record, resume, and/or exemplar of:

Acquiring knowledge and skills appropriate to the faith community nursing role, setting, or situation, (e.g. intentional spiritual care, communication, conflict resolution, environmental health, or population health concepts, leadership, care coordination, education).

So, I present for you 9 continuing education courses to meet these needs. In addition to a broad knowledge base in other health topics that we commonly become involved with, such as hypertension, nutrition, smoking cessation, mental health, fall prevention, obesity, medication management, vaccination, etc (this list could really go on, and on, and on), these are special content areas of knowledge that will help us with our unique role in the faith community.

Intentional Spiritual Care

In addition to my recommendation for Allegra Learning Solutions here, the Journal of Christian Nursing offers Prayer in Clinical Practice: What Does Evidence Support?

Licensed photo public domain.

Licensed photo public domain.

Abstract: A Korean-born U.S. nurse educator shares a perspective on prayer in clinical settings in South Korea and asks what appropriate, ethical prayer practice should be in the United States. A review of research on prayer for health and in nursing practice is offered, concluding with evidence-based suggestions for prayer with and for patients in clinical settings


The Journal of Christian Nursing offers Motivational Interviewing: Helping Patients Move Toward Change

Licensed photo courtesy RunOnBeat

Licensed photo courtesy RunOnBeat

Abstract: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a valuable tool for nurses to help patients address behavior change. MI has been found effective for helping patients with multiple chronic conditions, adherence issues, and lifestyle issues change their health behaviors. For Christian nurses, MI is consistent with biblical principles and can be seen as a form of ministry. This article overviews the process of MI, stages of change, and offers direction for further learning.

The American Nurses Association offers Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.  This opportunity expires 12/31/14, so take advantage soon if you like this one.

The American Nurses Association presents a unique opportunity to attend a recorded (December 8, 2010) webinar about The New York Times bestselling book from Vital Smarts–Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High. Conversations become crucial when the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Crucial conversations happen every day and impact our ability to get things done, and yet few people invest in the skills for holding them well.

This introductory webinar will educate nurses about how to recognize the need for a crucial conversation and provide the basic skills on how to conduct these conversations successfully. These skills are integral for conversations with peers, managers, physicians, and other hospital staff.

Purpose/Goal: To educate nurses to recognize the need for crucial conversations and to learn how to successfully conduct conversations with peers, managers, physicians, and other staff.

Conflict Resolution

The American Nurses Association offers a Conflict Competence module that awards 3.8 CEUs. This opportunity expires 12/31/14, so take advantage soon. The two courses can also be taken separately.

With this purchase you get both of ANA’s new multi-media conflict competency modules together, Why Does Conflict Competence Matter? and It Is Worth Saying Again: Conflict Is Inevitable.

While conflict can be constructive in providing the groundwork for improved communication, far too often, conflict is disruptive to an individual or workplace environment. There can be significant consequences for individual nurses facing conflict in the work environment and on patient care. The ability to successfully manage conflict can help nurses feel more comfortable speaking up.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with skills to constructively deal with conflict and increase their confidence to effectively engage in conflict.

Environmental Health

The Journal of Christian Nursing offers Disability and the Church: How Wide Is Your Door?

The faith community is one key for providing support to families with children or other family members with disability. How can churches be more welcoming places for the disabled?

Population Health Concepts

The Journal of Christian Nursing offers Faith Community Nursing: Supporting Healthy People 2020 Initiatives.

ABSTRACT: One innovative community-based setting to promote health is the faith community, where care is provided by a faith community nurse (FCN). This descriptive study describes the practice of FCNs, FCN functions and standards, identifies Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators being addressed by FCNs, and explores how the FCN model of community-based practice can support implementation of Healthy People 2020.


The American Nurses Association Leadership Institute partnered with Capella University to bring nurses 9 courses on leadership, each offering 5 CEUs. You can view them all here, but “Develop and Refine Your Leadership Style” looks like a great place to start:

Having a vision is a great start to developing your individual leadership style, but knowing how to make that vision come alive is where this ANA Leadership Institute™ self-paced course can help. Learn how to incorporate the four key attributes of an effective leader in order to empower yourself and your team to reach better outcomes. Gain the ability to know what behaviors and styles will strengthen your skills as a nurse leader. Discover how to apply selected perspectives of change theory to adapt to complex and changing situations. In addition, gain practical tips on how to incorporate the aspects of emotional intelligence through an interactive simulation, and develop the ability to recognize and respond to nonverbal communication in others. At the end of the course, you will walk away with a plan for how to stay motivated and committed to improving and strengthening your leadership style.

Care Coordination

The American Nurses Association offers Navigating New Frontiers: Care Coordination and the Essential Role of Nursing.

An estimated 44,000 to 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors according to key findings in a report published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM-1). Lack of coordination among healthcare providers lead to medical errors; which often lead to death.

The monumental shift from a provider-focused paradigm to patient centered care has resulted in a more efficient health care system and improved care coordination among providers working to improve models of care.

Nurses hold the unique opportunity to lead the transition to care coordination and reap the rewards of improved patent care quality, patient satisfaction and the effective and efficient use of health care resource. This webinar will show you how to step up and draw attention to the integral part the RNs play in improving the delivery of care and prepare you for the path to care coordination.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this webinar is to offer insights and strategies to advance nursing’s role in the care coordination and healthcare transformation.


Under their “Patient Teaching” category, the American Nurses Association offers The Nurse’s Role in Helping Patients Maintain a Healthy Weight.

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese . As the most trusted health care professionals, nurses’ are critical in guiding and supporting patients during weight loss and weight management, as well as in modeling a healthy lifestyle.

Attend this webinar to learn self-management health and weight techniques. These techniques will enable nurses to be better health and wellness role models, advocates, and educators for their families, communities, colleagues, and patients.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to assist nurses in guiding and supporting patients during weight loss and weight management, as well as to gain knowledge in how to model a healthy lifestyle.

I hope this blog provided you with some places to find valuable CE opportunities to help you develop your practice.  Please share your experience with these or other opportunities for us to learn in the comments section.

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 15, 2014, in Continuing Education, Education, Professional Development, Spiritual and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Courtney, these are all great ideas for continuing education for faith community nurses!


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