RNs: Discover Faith Community Nursing

Learn More about Faith Community Nursing: Intro Program Offered Sept. 17-24

Are you a registered nurse who is looking to use your professional skills for a higher calling? Parish Nurse Ministries of New York (PMNY), based in Buffalo, encourages you to consider faith community nursing, an American Nurses Association (AMA)-recognized nursing specialty.

Trocaire College supports Parish Nurse Ministries of New York as its higher education sponsor.

According to PNMNY, faith community nurses (also called parish nurses) are licensed, registered nurses who practice holistic health, in either paid or unpaid positions.The focus of their work is on the intentional care of the spirit, assisting the members of the faith community to maintain and/or regain wholeness in body, mind, and spirit.

“Combining nursing knowledge and spiritual care, they advocate for needs of self, congregants and the community at large,” the website explains. “Generally, parish nurses do not provide hands-on care, but through their roles as health educator and counselors, referral sources, volunteer coordinator, and health advocates, they assist others in finding health and wholeness.”

PMNY is holding a week-long course called “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” from Sept. 17-24 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. This 38-hour course will prepare registered nurses to assume their roles as faith community nurses and address the needs of their faith communities.

Participants will be introduced to unique functions they will perform in this role, as well as the philosophy, history and evolution of faith community nursing. Legal issues and grant writing specific to this specialty will also be addressed, and there will be time for prayer and reflection.

A $575 registration fee covers the programming, program materials and room and board. Scholarships may be available. Learn more and register at the event website.