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The President's Passage

Greetings Faith Community Nurses!

As we begin a new calendar year, I pray you are well, experiencing good health, and serving in ways that are rewarding to you and helpful to your communities. I want to say a big "Thank You" for all the time, talent, and treasure you share with your communities through faith community nursing activities, and for the richness you bring to Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI).

For those of you who were able to join me for my first President's Round Table Forum in January, I hope you found it informative. For those who missed it, you can find the recording on the FCNI website. We received comments on the strategic plan (the document is also accessible to FCNI members on the "Members Only" section of this website) and the feedback has been taken back to the Board.

I'm excited and thankful for the generosity of Widener University making available for new and renewing FCNI members the opportunity to take the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course at a discounted price. A special "Thanks" is extended to Dr. Donna Callaghan, the Chair of the FCNI Research Committee, for facilitating the course and the wonderful opportunity.

I want to encourage you to get involved in our professional organization. FCNI was created for and is led by faith community nurses and parish nurses for faith community nurses and parish nurses! I find the more engaged I am, the more I personally get out of my professional organizations-and I encourage you to join me in this venture!

Please contact us at if you are willing and able to get involved. We are looking for:

  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to work on specific topics for our Practice Toolkits. If you are an expert in an area that can help other FCNs, let us know! Some areas we are in need of experts are: infection control and prevention for FCNs, social determinants of health, legal issues in the faith community, resources for FCNs whose ministries were ended or positions eliminated, and new monthly health topics, just to name a few!
  • Several of our committees need additional members: Technology Committee, Finance and Fund Raising Committees, Education Committee, and the Spiritual Resource Committee.
  • Please plan to attend our first annual FCNI conference slated for Fall of 2023! It will be held virtually for your convenience. We are planning to send out a request for abstracts if you are interested in presenting some of your faith community work, evidence-based practice (EBP), or research. Stay tuned in for upcoming information!
  • Consider running for an office on the Board of Directors. Our Leadership Succession Committee will start recruitment activities for board positions being vacated in December. I will be offering some leadership development sessions on preparing for a leadership role in non-profit organizations.
  • We will be conducting a membership recruitment campaign to encourage you to invite friends and colleagues to join FCNI. More information will be forthcoming in the next month!
  • You will be receiving a copy of the revised bylaws next month.
Finally, this is a gentle reminder that membership renewal occurs in January. If you forgot to renew, please do so now. If you have recommendations on how we can better serve your needs, please contact me directly at

I'll close with a favorite sacred text:

Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your way acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path." Let's remember to trust God as we engage in our important work this year and set the course for moving our organization forward into the future. I am so blessed to serve with you. Let us continue to put God first to serve our faith communities and surrounding larger communities with love, faith, and compassion.

#byFCNsforFCNs     #byfaithcommunitynursesforfaithcommunitynurses     #calledtoserve

In service,

Mary Lynne

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Upcoming Events

FCNI Annual Conference
Call for Proposals!!!
FCNI Research Committee's
Scholarly Article Discussion

Exploring Dimensions of Grief and Bereavement: The Ongoing Effects of the COVID Pandemic

FCNI is Accepting Proposals for the First FCNI Annual Conference

The FCNI Research Committee will be holding the next Quarterly Scholarly Research Article Discussion Hour where Jeanne Lambert and her co-authors will be leading the discussion on What are the characteristics of the parish nursing research literature and how can it inform parish nurse practice and research in Canada? A scoping review

Three themed area will be discussed, including:

1. Practice Roles
2. Role Implementation
3. Program Evaluation

Recommendations for further research will be discussed.

This presentation holds great impact to the parish nurse/faith community nurse literature and practice. 

Please join us!

Date: Wednesday, June 7th

Time: 6pm to 7pm CT

Registration: Free to members and nonmembers, however registration is required.

Registration is now open, however registration is required. To register please click on this link: 

The link is also available on our Events Calendar! Hope to see you there!

Millerd, E., Fisher, A., Lambert, J. M., & Pfaff, K. A.  (2021). What are the characteristics of the parish nursing research literature and how can it inform parish nurse practice and research in Canada? A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 55(1), 3-24.

The COVID Pandemic continues to leave in its wake loss, grief, and fears along with untold implications for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of many people. This process of bereavement is central to the work of faith community nurses.

Please join us for the Annual FCNI Conference scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 virtually on Zoom. This is a topic that has touched each of our lives and the work that we do in caring for others. 

We are excited to announce that Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, MSN, National Director, Nurses Christian Fellowship USA, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Christian Nursing will be giving the Susan Mills Keynote presentation!

Additional conference information and The Call for Presentation Proposals is now available at FCNI Annual Conference and the Presentation Proposal Format Requirements can be obtained at

Call for Presentation Proposals 

COVID brought many difficulties to nurses and the healthcare arena. Although the pandemic has decreased, it continues the wave of amassed lingering effects, death, destruction, and devastation. We learn from one another, and we often learn through the experiences of one another. Please consider sharing your story...your experience, projects, and expertise during our first FCNI Annual Conference on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023. 

FCNI is seeking presentation proposals focusing on the grief and bereavement inherent with COVID. Consider your personal, professional, and department/congregational responses to care delivery during COVID, support, evidence-based practice, research utilization, and bereavement care and share your experience with us to make an impact on the hearts and lives of others.

Proposals are being accepted now at:

Widener University School of Nursing is offering a Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course

50% Course Discounts for FCNI Members


Dr. Donna Callaghan, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and Professor at Widener University is the lead faculty for this Foundations course. Donna is also a prior FCNI President and our current FCNI Director/Research Committee Chair. Due to the generosity of Widener University and Dr. Callaghan we are able to offer a promotional discount for FCNI members or new members of 50% off of the $400 program fee (participants will additionally need to purchase the Foundations Participant Guide, approximately $50). 

What: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum

Dates: Opens: May 22, 2023
          Closes on September 3, 2023

Registration: $400 plus text ($200 for FCNI members or newly joining members)

CNE: 36.5 PDC hours

For further information and to obtain the discount, please contact Dr. Donna Callaghan at 

FCNI extends our sincere gratitude to Donna Callaghan and Widener University for this exceptional membership benefit!

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Suggested Reading

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity (2021)

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity explores how nurses can work to reduce health disparities and promote equity, while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care into 2030. This work builds on the foundation set out by The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011) report.

You can view the manuscript here:

Other Recommended Reading

A comprehensive report published this month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine strengthens the case for primary care as the foundation of the U.S. health care system. It also makes policy recommendations that reinforce several of the AAFP’s long-standing advocacy positions.

Follow this link to the American Academy of Family Physicians' website:

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