The Board of Directors wishes you a warm welcome to our new website.
Faith Community Nurses International is the only all nurse specialty nursing organization for faith community nursing. As a group of nursing professionals, it is important in addition to the practice of faith community nursing, that we engage in the development of the ministry of this specialty nursing practice. Come join the Board and members of Faith Community Nurses International in shaping the future of this nursing ministry and practice.
FCNI has merged its two websites into one. Now, whether you type fcninternational.org or fcni.wildapricot.org you will be directed to this site. Members, you will use the same login information that you use when registering for CNEs or paying your membership fees. There is a three-lined icon on the right side of the ribbon above (aka a hamburger menu or a sandwich menu), you will find the Site Map there which will help you explore the website.
We continually strive to improve this website. If you have come here seeking information that you did not find, we welcome your questions and comments at email@example.com
FCNI President's Ramblings...
Whenever thinking of engaging with a group and paying my money to belong to an organization, it is important to determine the value of the investment of money, time and personal resources. Joining Faith Community Nursing was no different for me. The International Parish Nurse Resource Center was never intended to be a membership organization. The purpose was to provide resources as is the Westberg Institute doing today. When Rev Granger Westberg came up with the idea of an all nurse specialty membership organization for then parish nurses, I was opposed. The rational that I provided was that many parish nurses at the time were not paid, and that many did not see value in joining a professional nursing organization. But Granger persisted, as he always did. Yes,there were not enough nurses that were interested in joining a membership organization just for parish nurses, and so, the interdisciplinary membership organization of Health Ministry Association was born.
I remained unconvinced for many years of joining any membership organization for faith community nursing. What was the value?? Until in reflecting on the issues further, I realized, that if I had a high investment in the future development of the ministry of faith community nursing practice, it was important not to sit back and rely on others, but to come forward and do the work to move the ministry of faith community nursing practice forward. Also, given the small numbers involved, that every voice that believed in the unique contribution of faith community nursing needed to come together. If that does not happen, others could determine the future of the specialty ministry of faith community nursing practice. Through all of us coming together, collaborating, and making our voices heard is the only way that this specialty practice will mature, advance and be considered to make a legitimate contribution to the wellbeing of individuals, communities and countries. The more faith community nurses that come forth to support this work, the more this specialty will be legitimized. So, if you are like me, and wondering how you can make a difference in faith community nursing at a national and international level, please come join us.
~ Ann Solari-Twadell, RN, PhD, MPA, FAAN
A Moment in Time...
A “Moment in Time” is intended to give pause and assist in reflecting on past meaningful “moments” in faith community nursing .
Save the date for these upcoming CNEs offered by FCNI.
April 14, 2021 2:30-6:30 Eastern Time (2:30 Eastern, 1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific) Research Forum 3.3 contact hours CNE. Register at: https://www.spiritualcareassociation.org/agenda.html
July 15, 2021—Mental Health CNE presentation with focus on assessment and resources for the Faith Community Nurse 1.0 contact hour CNE
October, 2021 (specific date to be determined)—CNE presentation on Complicated/Holiday Grief with interventions for the FCN 1.0 contact hour CNE; followed by FCNI annual meeting
We will post registration information on the FCNI website closer to the dates of these CNEs