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Faith Community Nursing
Primary Health Ministry

Twice a year, UIndy offers the Faith Community Nursing Primary Health Ministry course to prepare nurses to work in faith communities and religious organizations. The course may count for contact hours or credits can be applied to an MSN program. For more information or to apply for this course, please contact Jane Kress.

Faith Community Nursing is an emerging practice for professional nurses that integrates faith and health while focusing on health promotion, health maintenance and illness prevention. It holds the spiritual dimension to be central to nursing, but also encompasses the physical, psychological and social dimensions of nursing. Faith Community Nursing Primary Health Ministry is practiced within a faith community and is based on the assessed needs of that group of people.

In practice, Faith Community Nursing may include:

  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Cholesterol screenings
  • Health fairs
  • Weight-loss programs
  • Seminars on health topics
  • Bereavement and grief support groups
  • Wellness information in weekly bulletins
  • Home visitation
  • One-on-one health counseling

Faith Community Nursing does not involve "hands on" medical care, such as giving medications, dressing changes, or drawing blood.

This Faith Community Nurse Foundations course is based on curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, 1210 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. The Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.