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 is designed for registered nurses, other health care professionals, and laypersons who are interested in:
Promoting health, wellness, and spirituality in their faith communities
Beginning or growing a visitation ministry
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
Integrator of faith and health
Resource and referral agent.
The course modules include:
Advocacy, Care Coordination & Transitional Care
Assessment & Accessing Resources
Beginning Your Ministry
Behavioral Health and Faith Community Nursing
Communication and Collaboration
Health, Healing & Whole-Person Health
History & Philosophy of Faith Community Nursing & Health Ministry
Loss, Suffering & Grief
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 for 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 two or more people are available. Please inquire. For out-of-town participants, overnight accommodations are available at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, 5244 Clarwin Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 (West View) at a reasonable cost. For details, contact Sister Donna Smith, SHS at 412-931-9766.
The class size is limited to 20 participants.
To be eligible for the early registration discount, registration and payment must be postmarked by August 28, 2020.
The deadline to register for this course is September 1, 2020.
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.
“The simplest and most practical lesson I know … is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.”
Catherine McAuley, RSM, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy
Pittsburgh Mercy Health Ministry Prayer Breakfast
Save the date!
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium
1400 Locust Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-5144 (Uptown)
Registration for the Prayer Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship, followed by breakfast and program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will provide continuing education, resources, and networking opportunities to individuals who are interested in starting or enhancing health ministries in their faith communities, as well as in the general public. Attendees will consider what is working and not working within their ministries, how they can acquire needed resources and people, how they can rejuvenate an established health ministry, and what established programs can help them care for people in need within their faith communities.
This prayer breakfast is expected to draw parish and faith community nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, health ministers, clergy, pastoral and social ministers, physicians, health and social service professionals, licensed professional counselors, health care educators, nursing students, seminarians, and others interested in promoting whole-person health (balancing body, mind, and spirit).
The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program offers creative heath ministry workshops and education programs for laypersons and health professionals who want to serve their faith communities. We’ll work with you to prepare programs that will meet the unique needs of your faith community or organization. We’ll also tailor topics to fit your learning needs.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
What is Health Ministry?
Advocacy & Referral
Building a Health Ministry Team
Promoting Health & Wellness in Your Faith Community
Spiritual Care of the Elderly with Dementia
Understanding Grief & Loss
Depending on the topic, health ministry education programs can last from two to six hours.
We encourage a minimum of 10 participants per program.
Health ministry education programs are offered at no cost to faith communities and faith-based organizations. However, to cover the costs of travel, education materials (hand-outs), and advertisement in “The Faith Connection,” our monthly e-newsletter, we gladly accept donations.
To design a health ministry education program to meet the needs of your faith community or organization, please contact us at 412-232-5815.
“Sacred Dance to the Rhythm of Life”
Saturday, March 7, 2020
The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program offered a spiritual retreat on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in Pittsburgh’s West View area. A special thanks to Sister Donna Smith, SHS at Martina for providing a wonderful space and lunch. Our retreat facilitator, The Rev. Dr. Joan Prentice, brought her insight, expertise, and creativity to this special group of 28 retreatants.
The purpose of the retreat was to spend time away from our busy lives and to focus on our relationship with our Creator. We learned about contemplative prayer and to pay attention to what emerges inside us in silence such as our feelings, emotions, thoughts, surprises, words, images, and music. Through contemplation and the holy dance with our Creator, we become more self-aware of what needs to be freed in us in order to dance… like our vulnerabilities, challenges, hesitancies, fears, joys, peace, excitements, freedoms, etc. Many of us left our day together with a commitment for a deeper prayer life and an appreciation to our Creator for contemplative healing that is most needed during this challenging time in our world.
May we close with these special words from our retreat facilitator Joan… Today, dance, tomorrow, dance. May your days be filled with dancing and may you find yourselves in rhythm with the One whose music and rhythms fills all creation. And may the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen!
Christ Church at Grove Farm
249 Duff Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program is part of the planning team. For details, visit http://www.pghpcc.org/.
Faith Community Nurse & Health Ministry Educational Meetings – Spring 2020
Dates and details coming soon!
The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program is hosting four Faith Community Nurse & Health Ministry Educational Meetings in Allegheny County that will provide two contact hours for registered nurses and valuable information for others who attend.
The meeting can benefit faith community nurses, health ministers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, clergy/laity, and anyone interested in learning about wholistic care approach (whole-person health) and committed to educating their local parishioners. The goal of the meeting is to emphasize the importance of networking, fellowship, learning, and peer support for faith community nurses and health ministers as they assist their congregations and local community to better whole-person health – body, mind, and spirit.
The meeting is free for those who do not wish to receive continuing education credits and $10 for registered nurses who want the educational credits. There will be a variety of locations offered. While attending the location nearest to one’s faith community is suggested to benefit from peer support and local community resources, participants are welcome to attend the session that best suits their schedule. A check or cash are acceptable at the door. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to register, contact the Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program at 412-232-5815 or email ParishNurse@pittsburghmercy.org.
25th Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Symposium
Reflections from Our 25th Symposium: “Celebrating Health Ministry: Our Past, Present, and Future”
Our 25th symposium, held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and entitled “Celebrating Health Ministry: Our Past, Present, and Future,” was a great success, assisting participants in reflecting more deeply on how we provide wholistic care (whole-person care) to those we serve in our faith communities. The symposium celebrated our past in faith community nursing, magnified our present service to those in need, and moved us forward to the dynamic vision for the future of health ministry.
We explored important health care trends:
Complex community needs
Behavioral health concerns.
Our wonderful guest speaker, Marlene Feagan, MA, BSN, RN-BC, president of Health Ministries Association, Inc. (pictured holding a beloved Terrible Towel), encouraged all 52 attendees to address our own individual callings to health ministry as well as to look honestly at areas needing further discernment and prayer in our faith communities.
Marlene also facilitated roundtable discussions to move us beyond our ecumenical boundaries, and intersect faith and health concerns across social avenues focusing on those who are identified with homelessness, addiction, behavioral health concerns, and spiritual challenges.
She also engaged us with questions that may not always have answers when it comes to providing wholistic care in faith communities. The spirit-filled room opened and closed with prayer and singing as attendees bonded together.
We learned from each other and became better equipped to lead our faith communities through the ministry of healing. As it says in Isaiah 40:11 NIV, “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads…”. God’s blessings to you in your ministry!
For more information about the 25th Annual Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Symposium, please contact us at 412-232-5815.