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Posted on November 19, 2014, in Certification and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have to agree with Deb P. I have reached a point in my life where additional letters after my name are not necessary for me to do my passion–parish nursing. I have been a parish nurse for 15 years and am in the 6th decade of my life. Certification puts monetary barriers in yet another ministry that is not needed in a rural area with unpaid FCN positions. Churches today are by and large struggling to pay staff. Most of our parish nurses only work a few hours a week along with having other paid jobs,a family and other church duties. Paying for more CEUs plus a large sum for the certification is not necessary for most. I also am not opposed to those who are inclined to have further education to pursue it but would hate to see it become a requirement as it would be the end of parish nursing in the rural area where it is sorely needed. I vote no.


    • I agree, not necessary, but it’s an option. I believe it is a stepping stone along the path to paid positions for FCNs through validation of professional nursing practice in this setting. I hope that one day, faith communities and unpaid FCNs will not have to shoulder the cost of this important ministry and that instead it is financially supported by the healthcare system.


  2. I agree, more initials behind ones name is not a need and the states get enough money with licenses and CEUs. What we do need to do, in this field, is bring in the CNA and LPN. We need good team nursing. There is need and room for all if we truely make this about care of the human and the soul.


  3. I’m wondering where are the “yes” and “maybe” comments? You represent approx 2/3 of those who voted. Let us know what your thoughts are about getting Faith Community Nurse certified.


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