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About Parish Nursing
In October, 1997 the Parish Nurse Program began its development and was acknowledged by Lee Health as an important health and spiritual initiative to connect the health system with the community. A steering committee was developed and a coordinator was hired to educate nurses and to provide leadership. The name Parish Nurse, Faith Community Nurse (FCN) and Congregational Nurse is used inter-changeably. Registered Nurses with active licenses complete a Foundations Curriculum which follows the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing as set by the American Nurses Association. About 50% of FCN's are in a paid model and 50% are in a volunteer model of ministry. The decision regarding paid vs volunteer is at the discretion of the faith community leadership and the nurse.
Faith Community Nurses who are partnered with Lee Health meet monthly for a collegial, educational, and spiritual connection. Currently, Lee Health has 28 nurses in an ecumenical group of many denominations.
Community Outreach and Congregational Health and Wellness is a primary function of the group. This is accomplished through hosting community health fairs, various health programming, and direct health counseling and education. Parish Nursing continues to grow in importance as part of the continuum of care between Lee Health and the community. "Bringing a spiritual component to the encouragement of health and wellness makes for a successful plan to focus on whole person health," shares Manager Nancy Roberts.
There is a difference between a nurse in a church and a parish nurse--not every person is called or qualified. The parish nurse bridges two disciplines, nursing and ministry, and must be prepared in and responsible to both. Qualities needed for this role include a deep commitment to their own spirituality as well as the healing mission of the church. Determination of spiritual maturity is evidenced through the completion of a spiritual autobiography and interview process with the pastor, parish nurse director, and other faith community members.
Completion of the endorsed Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course is required, in addition to attending monthly PN meetings to share worship, experiences, resources, encouragement, and organizational issues. The new "Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing" states that the preferred minimum preparation for an RN or ARNP entering this specialty of nursing is a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing, experience in using the nursing process and knowledge of community resources.
The majority of Parish Nurses are BSN prepared and several have Masters with degrees in nursing and business administration. In addition, all of our Parish Nurses have taken the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course that is endorsed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center.
The functions of the Parish Nurse are:
Coordinator of Volunteers
Developer of Support Groups
Integrator of Faith and Health
Parish Nurse Education
Lee Memorial Health System has sponsored the Foundations for Faith Community Nurse Course since year 2000 and is an educational partner with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, at The Church Health Center in Memphis, TN.
The content of this curriculum is core to the educational preparation of Parish Nurses comprising 40 credit hours. It focuses on the concepts of spiritual formation, professionalism, leadership and community. It also emphasizes theological concepts to reclaim the spiritual dimension of nursing.
Participants attending this course will be able to:
- Embrace the integration of faith and health as central to the parish nurse role.
- Demonstrate knowledge, attitude and skills to practice as a beginning parish nurse.
- Value and inter-collegial peer system of support.
- Identify a network for continuing development and support.
- Commit to continued spiritual formation to more effectively understand and carry out the parish nurse role.
Parish Nurse Course Schedule
BASIC FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE FOUNDATIONS COURSE
This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course is based on the revised 2nd Edition curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
You must be a Registered Nurse with an active nursing license to attend this program.
Register early, attendance is limited! Registration deadline: July 23rd, 2018.
2018 IPNRC Foundations Course:
- August 3, 4, 5
- Fri, Sat &amo; Sun
- 9 am - 6:00 pm
- August 10
- 9 am - 7:00 pm
- August 11
- 9 am - 6:00 pm
- August 12
- 9 am - 4:30 pm
Must attend all dates to receive full CEUs and pin.
Casual clothes recommended.
- Zion Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
- 7401 Winkler Ave
- Fort Myers, Florida
$425 for 40 CEU and Parish Nurse Pin
Partnering Faith Communities/Parish Nurses
|South Fort Myers|
|North Ft. Myers/ East Ft. Myers/ Alva|
|Fort Myers Beach|
|Bonita Springs/ Sanibel Island/ Naples|
Call us today to schedule a spititual consultation or to make an appointment. Our main phone number is 239-343-5199.
Chaplains are located at each campus:
- Cape Coral Hospital: 239-424-2383
- Gulf Coast Medical Center: 239-343-1130
- HealthPark Medical Center: 239-343-5199
- Lee Memorial Hospital: 239-343-2467
- Parish Nurse Program 239-343-5182
- Bereavement Coordinator 239-343-6812
You may email the Spiritual Services Department at:
- Lee Health Pediatric/Pregnancy Bereavement Program is located at HealthPark Medical Center - 4th floor. You may email the Bereavement Coordinator at: SpiritualServices@LeeHealth.org.