Chapter 45 The Nurse in the Faith Community. Objectives. Describe the heritage of health and healing ministries in faith communities. Relate models of faith community nursing to the current scope and standards of practice of faith community nursing.
Describe the heritage of health and healing ministries in faith communities.
Relate models of faith community nursing to the current scope and standards of practice of faith community nursing.
Develop awareness of the nurse’s role as a faith community or parish nurse within faith communities for spiritual care, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Use the nursing process in a faith community to assess, implement, and evaluate programs for healthy congregations using Healthy People 2020 guidelines.
Examine the professional issues related to faith community nursing.
Faith community nursing or parish nursing is the dynamic process of working with faith communities to promote wholeness of body, mind, and spirit
Work in close relationships with individuals, families, and faith communities to establish programs and services that significantly affect health, healing, and wholeness.
Wellness committee or health cabinet
Health Care Delivery
Holistic Health Care
In the roots of many faith traditions are concerns for justice, mercy, and the need for spiritual and physical healing.
The appeal for caring, healing of diseases, and acknowledging periods of illness and wellness is universal.
Religion plays an important role in the lives of many individuals.
An important aspect of living out one’s spirituality and religion is being a part of a community of faith from birth to death, throughout wellness and illness.
Shift in health care delivery to a more comprehensive wellness-focused program
Consumer demand for involvement in health care decisions
Collaborative practices and formation of partnerships
Emphasize nurses and patients embrace of a commitment to optimal wellness
Focus nurses and patients on seeking the meaning of wellness for the individual or situation, and on considering options from an array of therapies.
Harmony between the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual self is sought
American Holistic Nurses Association standards (2000)
Characteristics of the Practice
Scope and Standards
Activities of the Faith Community Nurse
Health promotions and disease prevention services for underserved urban and rural areas
Embrace the vital role of families and community support for healthy outcomes.
Working with the congregation as a population group
Spiritual dimension of health
Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2004)
1998 Scope and Standards of Parish Nursing Practice
Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA and HMA, 2005)
Extensive continuing education contact hours
Designated coursework in a faith community nurse preparation at the baccalaureate or graduate level
Personal health counseling
Referral or liaison activities
Integrating faith and health
Coordinating volunteer services
Faith community nurses can develop comprehensive, population-focused practices.
The continuing challenge for nurses, other health care providers, and the communities will be to garner government, foundation, and private funding and combine it with support from volunteer activities, family involvement, and community groups to create the unique mix needed for the distinctiveness of each community.
Encourage communities to support individuals and families to attain high quality lives free of preventable diseases across the life span, reduce health disparities across groups, and create environments that promote health.
Enhance quality of life, promote longer disease-free years of living, create environments that promote health, and eliminate health disparities that can be readily addressed.