Faith Community Nurse


January 2023

In Case You Missed It

Recaps from our recent meetings

By Sue Cox BSN, RN- BC

Faith Community Nurse Network Manager, Advocate Aurora Health

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment

During the Nov. 10 meeting, Faith Community Nurse Network Member Amanda Kelley, manager of the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Clinic at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford, Wis., shared her extensive knowledge about wound care to help us understand the many types of wounds that can be treated, and the different modalities used in treatment. 

Amanda emphasized that social determinants of health can have a tremendous effect on an individual's overall health and ability to achieve healing of wounds. To faith community nurses meeting health needs within communities, this is another reminder of the significance of addressing social determinants of health in our settings.   

Holiday and Year-End Celebration

During the Dec. 7 meeting at the Advocate Support Center in Downers Grove, Faith Community Nurse Network Member Julie Ruchniewicz led our centering meditation for the day, reflecting on Joyce Landorf Heatherley’s book, Balcony People - those who are gifted in affirmation and the ability to shout words of encouragement from the balconies of our lives. 

Our day also included time to share with one another about our faith community nurse work, making decorative paper stars, a healthy and delicious lunch, and a wonderful selection of reads in our infamous book exchange.  

See the full report for more details about these two meetings.
Next FCN Network Meeting will be CPR certification on Wednesday January 25th at the Downers Grove Support Center. Contact for additional information and to sign up for class.

Caring for the Human Spirit® and The International Westberg Symposium Conference

April 17 - 19, 2023, St. Louis

The Annual International Westberg Symposium is a gathering place for education, fellowship and information sharing for faith community nurses and others interested in spiritual care.

Register today!

News and Updates

New Resource Available

Healing Congregations: 

Nurturing Love, Life, and Hope in a Hurting World.

This resource explores how faith communities can be healing-centered places of care for their members and communities.

Written collectively and integrating real stories of suffering, grace and healing, this resource doesn’t provide easy answers, but invites the reader’s own questions and yearnings into a conversation to discover their own wisdom and pathway to love, life and hope. 

While it was written for Christian communities, people of all faiths will recognize the themes in their own traditions. 

Download your free copy here.

Americans Continue to Rank Nurses Most Honest and Ethical Professionals

Courtesy: American Nurses Association

For the 21st consecutive year, nurses ranked #1 in Gallup's annual Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll. The American public rated nurses the highest among a host of professionals, including medical doctors, pharmacists, and high school teachers. Nurses kept their place atop the poll despite the challenges presented by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, high rates of flu and RSV infections, staffing issues and the pernicious threat of workplace violence. Their ranking in this year’s poll directly reflects both nurses’ unparalleled skill and deep connection to their patients and communities.

Keep reading.

Racism’s Impact on Nursing Survey Released

A nationwide survey conducted by the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing demonstrates that racism in the nursing profession is a problem.

For example:

  • Nearly half of nurses say there is “a lot” of racism in nursing,
  • 63% of nurses have personally experienced racism in the workplace,
  • 3 out of 4 nurses have witnessed racism in the workplace.

Data was collected between October 7-31, 2021. Some 5,623 nurses completed this survey.

Learn more

ANA Releases Racial Reckoning Statement

With the release of a formal racial reckoning statement, the American Nurses Association kicks off a journey of accountability, healing, and reconciliation.

This action signals a multiphase journey involving acknowledging past harms, apologizing, and seeking forgiveness from ethnically minoritized and indigenous nurses, which includes ethnic-nursing minority organizations.

Download the Racial Reckoning Statement
Download the Journey of Racial Reconciliation Toolkit

Continuing Education

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.

View the manuscript.

Faith Community Nurses International offers a growing library of practice toolkits and continuing education videos on a variety of topics, including advance care planning, fall risk prevention, aging, telehealth, mental health, and more.

The Faith Community Nurse Knowledge Sharing Platform provides a safe, private community for all faith community nurses and those interested in spiritual care in nursing with the ability to communicate electronically.


Nurses from around the world interact individually and through the many interest groups that make up the FCN Knowledge Sharing Platform.

Learn more and register.

For Those You Serve

Ever have a congregational member look to you for a referral for services? Or have a family that needs extra support and you aren’t sure where to send them? Need to know more about programs that are available in the neighborhood you are serving? Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care offers a free Local Services Guide that provides an up-to-date, reliable, tested list of community services that are easily accessed with a click of a button.

Share this free resource with members of your community.

Submissions Welcome

Perspectives: Spiritual Care in Nursing and Faith Community Nursing Practice welcomes feature, research and academic articles, resource reviews, reproducible resources, ‘practice perspective’ articles, and other pieces.

Learn more here.

The International Journal of Faith Community Nursing welcomes scholarly articles about innovative faith community nurse practice, as well as research and evidenced-base practice.

You can submit to the Fall 2023 issue through Oct. 1. Click here to learn more.

Faith Community Nurses International has created a digital prayer book to encourage patients, family, and fellow nurses.

Submit your original prayers by first filling out this release form. Your prayers will then be read by others to provide strength and support.

Philosophy of Faith Community Nursing

Faith community nursing is a recognized specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry. Faith community nursing emphasizes health and healing within a faith community. The philosophy of faith community nursing embraces four major concepts: spiritual formation; professionalism; shalom as health and wholeness; and community, incorporating culture and diversity.

~Westberg Institute

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