Education for Faith Communities
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
October 12-13, 2018 & October 26-27, 2018
Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium
1400 Locust Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-5144 (Uptown)
As an important educational partner of the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, a ministry of Church Health, Pittsburgh Mercy is an approved provider of the “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” course. This four-day, 34-hour preparation curriculum is a hybrid course that includes in-person and online learning. The majority of the course modules are taught in person by our approved faculty. The remaining modules involve related, self-directed, online learning.
This course is designed for registered nurses, other health care professionals, and laypersons who are interested in:
- Beginning or growing a visitation ministry
- Coordinating volunteers
- Promoting health, wellness, and spirituality in their faith communities.
Since 2001, we’ve educated and commissioned more than 400 registered nurses as faith community nurses and hundreds of others – including licensed practical nurses, social workers, physicians, and clergy – as health ministers.
The course covers the seven main roles of the faith community nurse:
- Coordinator of volunteers
- Developer of support groups
- Health advocate
- Health counselor
- Health educator
- Integrator of faith and health
- Resource and referral agent.
The course modules include:
- Accessing resources
- Beginning your ministry
- Behavioral health (mental health and addiction)
- Care coordination
- Communication and collaboration
- Documenting practice
- Family violence
- Health, healing, and wholeness
- Health promotion
- History and philosophy of faith community nursing and health ministry
- Legal aspects
- Spiritual care
- Suffering, grief, and loss.
Course modules are taught by qualified faith community nurse educators and subject matter experts in the respective fields of practice.
Registered nurses who complete the course in its entirety will be commissioned as faith community nurses and receive 34 contact hours and a pin. The cost for registered nurses is $395 per person. In order to receive all 34 continuing education credits (CEs), nurses must complete all required in-person and online learning.
Laypersons who complete the course will be commissioned as health ministers and receive a pin and a certificate. The cost laypersons and others is $200 per person.
Course materials, continental breakfast, and parking are included for all participants..
Limited, partial scholarship funds and special group rates for church groups of three or more people are available. Please inquire.
The class size is limited to 20 participants. Be sure to inquire about our early registration discount.
Registration and payment must be postmarked by September 15, 2018.
For more information about the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course, please contact us at 412-232-5815.
Continuing Education Credits
UPMC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC’s) Commission on Accreditation. UPMC and ANCC do not endorse any commercial products as a result of the continuing education (CE) activity.