FCN/HMN Courses

2018 Course Schedule
Tacoma, WA: Pacific Lutheran University
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
In person only
20 Contact Hours

Dates - In Person: April 19th and 20th, and June 29th
             Online: April 30th through June 23rd
Location: Center for Continued Nursing Learning
Register here on Pacific Lutheran University's Website
Registration Deadline: March 9, 2018

Foundations Course Brochure - Tacoma, WA

Bellingham, WA: Health Ministries Network
Health Minister Preparation Course
Hybrid - In person and online

Dates - In Person: March 2nd and 3rd, and April 29th
              Online: March 4th through April 27th
Location: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Contact to register: carol@healthministriesnetwork.net

Phone: 360-510-9797
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2018
Foundations - Health Minister Prep Course Brochure - Bellingham,WA


2017 Course Schedule
Foundations in Faith Community Nursing (FFCN) Classes for 2017

All FFCN Classes in 2017 will use the newly revised Curriculum issued in 2015 through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center sponsored by the Church Health Center in Memphis, TN.

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2017 Courses
Please note: Classes noted "Hybrid" require both in-person class days as well as an online component.  Classes noted "In Person only" do not have an online component.  
Also note: to date in 2017, there is one Coordinator class scheduled.  It offers the second level of specialty FCN coursework for the FCN who desires advanced training in Faith Community Nursing. This is an in-person only course.  
Vancouver, WA: Peace Health Southwest Medical Center
Hybrid Class: September 17, 18 and December 3 (face to face)
8 weeks online between September 25 and November 20
For more information:
Contact: Carol Reitz
Email: cwreitz.6@gmail.com
Phone: 701-361-1704
Salem, OR: Salem Hospital and Redeemer Lutheran
Hybrid Class: September 21, 22 and December 1 (face to face)
8 weeks online between September 25 and November 20
For more information:
Contact: Jonet Schutz
Email: jonet.e.schutz@gmail.com
Phone: (503) 508-1016

Tri-Cities, Washington at The Chaplaincy
Hybrid: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course 
In Person: January 20, 21, and March 24 
Online: January 23 – March 17, 2017
For more information:
Contact: Jan Jacobson
E-mail: janjacob@umich.edu
Phone: (509) 628-3724 or (509) 539-9787
Website: www.npnm.org

Cheyenne, WY: Wyoming Health Council

Hybrid: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course  
Online: Jan. 23 - April 24, 2017 (Mondays only) 6:00-8:30pm and
In-Person: Fri. May 5 - Sat. May 6, 2017 in Cheyenne, WY
For more information:
Contact: Amanda Hubbard
Phone: 307-632- 3640
E-mail: ahubbard@wyhc.org
Register online: www.wyhc.org
Tacoma, WA: Pacific Lutheran University
Hybrid: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
In Person: March 9,10, and May 19
Online: March 13-May 12
For more information:
Contact: Louise Reulbach
Email: ccnl@plu.edu 
Phone: (253) 535-7683

Portland, OR: University of Portland

1. In Person Only: FCN COORDINATOR CLASS: 2.6 CEUs 
In Person: March 15-17, 2017
For more information:
Contact: Annette Stixrud
Email: annettestixrud@gmail.com
Phone: 503-896-3649

Hillsboro, OR: Tuality Healthcare

In Person Only: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course  
In Person: July 13-15 & July 27-29, 2017
For more information:
Contact: Sandy Madsen  
Phone: 503-681- 1364
E-mail: sandy.madsen@tuality.org

Who Should Take the Foundations of Faith Community Nurse Training?

What is a Faith Community Nurse (FCN)?

A FCN is a registered nurse with an active license in the state he/she has or has had a practice, who has taken the Foundations for Faith Community Nurse training to promote and practice Health Ministry. Whereas most health disciplines are trained in our aspect of medical care, FCNs are trained to nurture the whole person — body, mind and spirit. FCNs work in partnership with pastors, churches, hospitals, social service agencies, and the community. FCNs focus on prevention, wholeness, and wellness. In many communities of faith, the FCN is the Health Ministry team leader.

What is a Health Minister?

A Health Minister is a person in the congregation (other than a licensed RN) who has taken the  Foundations for Faith Community Nurse training. His/her individual skills gifts are added to the Health Ministry Team and are often guided by a FCN or Health Ministry team leader. The Health Minister’s skills are assessed and used where most appropriate and helpful. Ministers are encouraged to go through the FCN course to better understand and direct the Health Ministry Team.

What is included in the FCN training?

There are 18 modules developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) which are included in the Foundations course. Faculty trained by IPNRC are responsible for the trainings offered.

What are the Core Modules?

The following is a list of the required core modules in the Foundations course:
Module 1 – History and Philosophy
Module 2 -- Health, Healing and Wholeness
Module 3 -- Spiritual Care
Module 4 -- Prayer
Module 5 – Self-Care
Module 1 – Ethical Issues
Module 2 – Documenting Practice
Module 3 – Legal Aspects
Module 4 – Beginning Your Ministry
Module 5 – Communication and Collaboration
Module 1 – Health Promotion
Module 2 -- Behavioral Health
Module 3 – Transforming Life Issues – Family Violence
Module 4 – Transforming Life Issues – Loss,  Suffering, and Grief
Module 1 – Assessment
Module 2 – Accessing Resources
Module 3 – Advocacy
Module 4 – Care Coordination
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Is advanced training offered for FCNs?

Yes. There are two levels of continued education training available. The first is Supplemental Training Modules developed by IPNRC. These trainings may be administered singularly or in groups, depending on regional preference. Below is a list of Supplemental Modules administered by IPNRC trained faculty:
Supplemental FCN Modules
Wholistic Health of Children
Wholistic Health of Adolescents and Young Adults
Wholistic Health of Middle Adults
Wholistic Health of Older Adults
Providing Spiritual Support
Sustaining and Nurturing the FCN Ministry
Promoting Mental Wellness
Process of Theological Reflection in Faith Community Nursing
End of Life Transitions
Measuring Faith Community Ministry
Applying Leadership Skills in Faith Community Nursing Ministry
Conflict Resolution
Complementary Therapies in Faith Community Nursing: Overview
Complementary Therapies in Faith Community Nursing: Imagery
Complementary Therapies in Faith Community Nursing: Meditation
Tools and Techniques for Teaching
FCNs and Emergency Preparedness
Chronic Illness Management FCN
Practice in Rural Faith Communities
Social Justice Role of the FCN with Vulnerable Populations
Identifying Strengths of Congregations
Leadership Transitions in Congregations
Caring for Families
The next level of training offered is Faith Community Nurse Coordinator. This training is geared toward a licensed RN who will serve as a community leader and guide for FCNs and Health Ministers. They commonly bring the faith communities and community agencies together in health promotion and disease prevention activities and networking. Often FCN Coordinators are employed by Hospital Systems to direct and build the outreach and networking with Faith Community Health Ministry Programs. As with the Basic and Supplemental trainings, this curriculum was developed by IPNRC and faculty trained by IPNRC oversees the course. Below are the modules offered in this course.
FCN Coordinator Modules
Role of the FCN Coordinator / Manager
Self-Care for the FCN Coordinator
Working with Different Religious Traditions
Working with Churches
Current Issues in Healthcare
Securing Philanthropic Grant Support
Process of Theological Reflection in FCN Ministry
Human Resource Management Budgeting
Orientation of the New FCN — helping them get started
FCN Program Development
Creation of a Mission and Vision
Planning for the Ongoing Development of the FCN: Personally, Professionally, and Spiritually
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