Who are we? Where are we going?

The CT Faith Community Nurse blog was born on October 17, 2014, with the intention of being a resource and connection space for Connecticut faith community nurses and others to support each other in health ministry.

Licensed photo courtesy Hamed Al-Raisi

Licensed photo courtesy Hamed Al-Raisi

I want to share with you that this intention has exceeded my expectations!  I am surprised that in only one month we have connected with communities across the nation and the world, far beyond the geographic boundaries of Connecticut!

I am not certain what this means for our community, so I ask, who are we? and where are we going?  I look to you, this community, for direction. 

Listen to some tunes while you read?  I love this song by The Who, and it just keeps playing in my mind as I write this blog.

Who are we?

There are 467 people who follow this blog via email, WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter

Together, we have viewed this blog 1,896 times with an average this week of 69 views per day.  Most of us are from the United States, but many are from other countries (shocker for me!).

CTFCN WordPress blog stats Nov 21, 2014

CTFCN WordPress blog stats Nov 21, 2014

Our Facebook page has 95 fans and reaches an average of 150 people per day.  Our top post reached 1,051 people.  This exciting online community is wide reaching and only in its infancy!

Number of people reached by country are

2,318 people in the United States,

31 in the United Kingdom,

12 Mexico, 12 Canada, 9 Brazil, 8 Philippines,

then 3 or less reached in Zambia, Australia, Netherlands, Swaziland, India, China, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Thailand, Guinea, Kuwait, Qatar, Barbados, France, Cape Verde, Greece, Jamaica, Nepal, Nicaragua, Italy, Nigeria, Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Poland, Slovakia, Pakistan, Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Portugal.

Number of people reached in Connecticut cities are Milford 134, West Haven 116, New Haven 106, Branford 70, Orange 70, Wilton 49, Hamden 41, Shelton 31, East Haven 29, Stamford 28, Fairfield 25, Trumbull 24, Norwalk 23, Guilford 23, North Haven 21, Wallingford 21, Naugatuck 21, Westport 18, Stratford 18, Bridgeport 17, Woodbridge 17, Danbury 13, Meriden 13, Hartford 12, Bethany 12, Ansonia 11, then 10 or less from North Branford, Oxford, Madison, Seymour, & Middletown.

Number of people reached in other cities are Crossett, AR 41, Visalia, CA 34, New York, NY 32, Phoenix, AZ 24, Boston, MA 16, Hot Springs, AR 15, Seattle, WA 14, Little Rock, AR 13, then 10 or less from Atlanta, GA, Monticello, AR, Bronx, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Dallas, TX, Washington DC, Fresno, CA, Burlington, VT, Livingston, NJ, & Conway, AR.

I just threw a bunch of numbers at you!
What does it mean?

The most exciting thing about all of these statistics is that each and every one of the people touched by us now knows that faith community nursing exists! And hopefully they have a little bit of a clue as to what we are about! I don’t know about you, but most nurses and other people that I talk to have NO idea what faith community nursing is.  Maybe you are actually one of those people, and I am so thankful that you have discovered this community!  It’s up to us to promote this beautiful way to practice nursing and health ministry, so it can continue to thrive and grow throughout healthcare!

Thank you for participating in the promotion of faith community nursing! Let’s keep the conversation flowing. Tell other nurses and friends about this community who you think may be interested in health ministry. I’ve tried to include lots of resources and links to help people understand who we are and get started on the path to their own health ministry…and also to help those of us who are not new to faith community nursing as we continue our practice.

What do we like to read about?

The top five most viewed blogs are…

#1  Conference Call: West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Updates for Faith and Community Based Organizations in the United States

#2  Summary of 10/18 CDC Ebola call & Invitation for 10/22 call

#3  Top 10 Reasons to Get Certified as a Faith Community Nurse

#4  9 Strategic CE Courses for Faith Community Nurses

#5  Let’s Talk About Documentation…

So, current top topics are Ebola, certification, education, and documentation.

The top five most viewed Facebook posts are…

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 Where are we going? Cast your vote!

This poll is anonymous, unless you leave a comment.

Will you share your voice with us?

I ask this because I realize the singularity of my own voice, especially after seeing who we are.  If you have a helpful message or resource to share with faith community nurses, please contribute a blog to this page.  I will  help you navigate the ropes of WordPress, so don’t let that hold you back!  Also, remember that you can always post to the Facebook page with links or comments of interest to our community to help us help each other.

Let’s multiply and diversify (locations and faiths) our messages to help each other with our ministries in all of the communities that we serve!

The information you provide through this form is only shared with me, Courtney Holmes, and I promise not to share it elsewhere unless you give me express permission to do so.


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

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