Faith community nursing is dynamic; it reflects emerging nursing practice and healthcare trends. The revisions to the Faith Community Nursing Scope of Practice, 2nd edition, 2012 provide the current competencies in this nursing specialty.

The recent announcement by ANCC and HMA to commence work toward certification in faith community nursing is a celebrated milestone in a long-intended effort. Certification of individual FCNs will provide formal recognition of their expertise and skills to peers, health and faith-based colleagues, and the healthcare consumers they serve. Nurses in this specialty are called upon to share information about this process or direct inquirers to those who can respond with accurate information.

Please contact HMA if you are seeking more information or clarification about faith community nursing standards or certification.

Faith Community Nursing Certification

By Nancy Durbin, MS, BSN, RN-BC Faith Community Nurse and Alyson Breisch, RN, MSN, Faith Community Nurse

Friday, August 29, 2014, the ANCC officially launched the certification through portfolio for Faith Community Nursing.  The “Apply Online” link to the online portfolio application system on the ANCC specialty webpage for FAITH COMMUNITY NURSING was fully activated and is now ready to accept applications.

HMA is most grateful to the ANCC and all who have contributed to this process and achieving this milestone. For further information go to the ANCC website and check the details:  http://www.nursecredentialing.org/FaithCommunityNursing

Faith Community Nursing Society

In an effort to identify and recognize HMA faith community nurses who have achieved certification through ANCC in Health Ministries Associations, has developed the Faith Community Nursing Society.

Statement of Purpose

  • To recognize superior achievement in the specialty practice of faith community nursing for faith community nurse members of HMA.
  • To strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession and the organization that supports the work of faith community nursing.
  • To encourage ongoing leadership and involvement {present and future} in the evolving practice of faith community nursing through efforts led by HMA.
  • To share best practices, attend educational seminars, discuss research, promote professional publication, and engage in peer-to-peer networking.
  • To support and assist with improvement of the related specialty through identification and development of new skills.

Faith Community Nurses who have achieved certification in the professional nursing specialty of faith community nursing through ANCC and meet the membership criteria are invited to complete an on-line application found on the HMA Members Only section.  If you have achieved this and are an active member of HMA, please log into the member’s section and complete the application.

For more information on the Faith Community Nursing Society, please contact Nancy Durbin, Director for Faith Community Nursing.

Welcome New Faith Community Nursing Society (FCN) Members!
– Alyson Breisch, MSN, RN-BC
– Deborah Candace Dixson, BSN, RN-BC
– Helen Bhagwandin, Ed.D, MSN, RN-BC
– Deborah Candace Dixson, BSN, RN-BC
– Kathy Gardner BSN, RN-BC
– David Paulette Golden, MS, BSN, RN-BC
– Sharon Hinton, DMin, MSN, RN-BC
– Peggy Matteson, PhD, RN-BC
– Nancy L. Rago Durbin, MS, BSN, RN-BC
– Deborah Ringen, MSN, RN-BC
– Debbie Rivard, MSN/ED, RN-BC
– Marilyn Seiler, MS, RN-BC
– Felicia Stewart, DNP, NP-BC, RN-BC
– Ruth Syre, MSN, RN-BC
– Pat Welsh, MSN, RN-BC
– Carla Warnock, MSN, MPA, RN-BC
– Deborah White, BSN, CPN, CPON, RN-BC
– Jill Zahm, MSN, RN-BC

Faith Community Nurse Mentor Program

HMA recognizes that many FCN begin their role as a lone practitioner without the benefit of a health system or network or provide them a nurturing environment for growth and development both spiritually and professionally.

Upon completion of a Foundational FCN Curriculum, the novice FCN needs guidance and support in order to establish and sustain a successful professional practice.

The HMA FCN Mentor Program has been established to link the novice FCN with an experienced HMA FCN leader in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experiences and wisdom and to encourage growth and achievement by providing an open and supportive environment.  We invite you to consider being a part of this exciting progra.

Requirements to participate:

  • Recently completed a Foundational FCN course
  • Membership in HMA
  • Seeking support and guidance in your new FCN practice
  • Willing to commit to a one year relationship with an experienced FCN who will work collaboratively with you in your FCN practice development

For more information please contact: Nancy Durbin!

Information for FCN Foundational Curricula Educators

Are you teaching a Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course?  Download the HMA Presentation (PowerPoint) or HMA Presentation (pdf) to use during your course.