NEW COURSE IN CT for Parish Nurses! Register by 9/28 for “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” with Retreat at Mercy by the Sea!

I am thrilled to post about this course being offered for the FIRST time in Connecticut!!

“Foundations of Faith Community Nursing: Promoting Congregational Health, Healing and Wholeness for the 21st Century”

A hybrid online/retreat is offered October 19, 2015­ – December 10, 2015.

Register by Sept. 28th!

Earn 40 Contact Hours and enjoy a retreat at the Mercy By the Sea in Madison, CT from Dec. 9, 2015 9am through Dec. 10, 2015 4pm.sea at sunset

I have to admit that I am envious of those of you who will be attending this course, as I took my “Foundations” course entirely online.  It was an excellent growth and learning experience, but…there was no retreat option in CT at the time!  We are so lucky and I am grateful to have my colleague, Deborah Ringen, MSN, RN-BC, bring this course to us here in CT, through Azusa Pacific University!


Download this flyer for more information and to register for this excellent course by September 28th (that’s this coming Monday).


The following information is taken directly from the flyer:

The Concept: ​ The Parish/Faith Community Nurse (FCN) is a registered nurse who facilitates
the whole­person health of a congregation and in so doing reclaims the healing ministry of the
church or synagogue. Thousands of FCNs practice in congregations of every denomination in
rural, urban and suburban settings across the United States and Canada.

Faith Community Nursing Facts:

● Founded by Granger Westberg in Chicago, IL at Lutheran General Hospital in the 1980’s

● Recognized by the American Nurses Association. Board Certification available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center by portfolio.

● “The Scope and Standards of Practice: Faith Community Nursing” was developed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Health Ministry Association.

● The ANA defines Faith Community Nursing as the “the practice of a professional nurse that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting wholistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.”

● The FCN responds to suffering in the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community such as a church, congregation, parish, synagogue, temple or mosque.

The Course:​ ​ Using the​ ​ Foundations of Faith Community Nursing 2014 Revision ​ curriculum developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center A Ministry of the Church Health Center © 2014 Church Health Center, ​ participants will engage in ​ 7 weeks of online learning (approximately 5 hour per week) followed by a 2 day retreat for an optimum
educational and personal growth experience. Reliable computer access is required.

Participants will learn to apply the nursing process in a leadership role of health ministry in a community of faith. Personal spiritual growth is encouraged. The curriculum is developed from a Judeo­Christian perspective that is respectful and applicable with other faith traditions. The content includes introduction to the four major concepts of faith community nursing: the spiritual dimension, professionalism, wholistic health and community and cultural diversity.

Required Textbooks:
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Participant Manual ​ 2014 revision​ (Instructions and a code to purchase the manual will be emailed upon enrollment)
ANA (2012). ​ Faith community nursing: Scope and standards of Practice.​ Silver Springs, MD: ANA (Amazon)

Registration Information:

● The ​ course tuition is $590.
Please complete the attached registration form and mail it along with a ​ $295 ​ deposit by Sept. 28, 2015.​ The balance of the tuition is due ​ Oct. 12, 2015​ . Register early!​ ​ Space is limited for the retreat days. Your registration will be confirmed by email upon receipt of the deposit.
● The online course begins October 19, 2015
● Retreat Reservation due by October 19, 2015

California retreat: Dec. 3, 2015 9am through Dec 4, 2015 at 4pm
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, Sierra Madre, California, 91024
Directions and retreat details will be emailed.
Fees: Overnight single room accommodations including all meals will be $175.
Commuters pay a facility use fee and meal charge of $115. (California retreat fees for overnight and commuter are to be paid directly to APU)

Connecticut retreat: Dec. 9, 2015 9am through Dec. 10, 2015 4pm
Mercy by the Sea, Madison, Connecticut 06443.
Directions and details will be emailed.
Fees: Commuters pay a facility use fee and meal charge of $75 directly to APU.
**Overnight accommodations may be booked with Mercy By the Sea at 203­245­0401.
(The single room rate is $140, double rate is $115. Tell them you are with the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course.)

Accreditation and Contact Hours: ​ Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 2722, for ​ 40 contact hours​ . Students must complete all online course work and attend the full retreat to receive the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing certificate of completion.
● ​ Refunds: ​ Refunds (minus a $25.00 administrative fee) will be issued if requested in writing before ​ September 28, 2015

Instructor:​ ​ Deborah Ringen MSN, RN­-BC Faith Community Nurse, Adjunct Faculty Azusa Pacific University. Questions: 805-­216­-5809


Registration is done by mail or fax.  The registration form is here and due by Sept 28th with a deposit.

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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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