As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace!
1 Peter 4:10
A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) is a registered nurse who has chosen to serve in a faith community to offer a healing presence. A FCN works alongside members a faith community to empower them to make positive health choices, always promoting the understanding of the relationship between faith and health. The Health Improvement Organization is proud to support Faith Community Nursing, recognizing the impact that FCNs have on the community.
Areas of Service
The role of a FCN may vary depending on the needs and capacity of the faith community and its members. FCNs often serve in the following ways:
Health Counselor – Discuss health concerns, emphasizing early response to problems and encouraging healthy lifestyles
Health Education – Provides opportunities to learn about health issues
Health Advocate – Speaks out to help others obtain needed health services
Referral Advisor – Provides referral to healthcare and social services
Volunteer Coordinator – Coordinates volunteers who help those in need
What FCNs do not provide
A FCN cannot provide “invasive” nursing care. This means the nurse cannot draw blood, give injections, or perform any procedures that would be performed in a hospital setting.
Joining the Faith Community Nursing group
Any registered nurse who is a member of a faith community in the Jackson County area is welcome to be a part of the Faith Community Nursing group.
The Faith Community Nursing group hosts five meetings a year. Participants enjoy:
- opportunities for fellowship with other nurses
- continuing education hours
- educational information and programs to use in practice as an FCN
- information about community events and resources
- access to materials to check-out for short term use (blood pressure machines, scales, etc)
- opportunity to apply for mini-grants to host programs
If you would like to learn more about the Faith Community Nursing group, please call 517.788.4800 ext 6734