Once and Again: Wisdom Revealed Through Shared Narratives
Narratives and sacred stories are an integral aspect of many faith traditions. Every person has a story – something that ultimately and uniquely defines who they were, who they are, and who they are continuing to become. Sharing our life stories encourages community. We can discover the meaning of our life by sharing our stories, listening to another’s story, and connecting with God’s word revealed through metaphors and story. Reframing life events – including those of hardship and tragedy – into stories of resilience, discovery, and growth can foster personal agency, faithfulness, and healing. Our speaker will share practical tips gained from her 15-years’ experience of incorporating individual and group shared narratives in health ministries and faith community nursing.
Alyson is a nationally recognized faith community nursing and health ministries consultant. She was employed as a faith community nurse for 19 years and is a retired commissioned minister for congregational health in the United Church of Christ denomination.
Alyson’s advanced practice included CNS and NP positions at Duke Heart Center and adjunct faculty at Duke University School of Nursing and Duke Divinity School. Alyson directed the Duke Health and Nursing Ministries graduate degree program for 8 years and developed a faith community nursing curriculum she continues to teach nationally.
Alyson established the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Faith Community Nursing (FCN) Council. In 2015, she was awarded the NCNA Nursing Impacting Society award. She achieved ANCC certification by portfolio in faith community nursing in 2015. In 2017, she received HMA’s Wilkerson-Droege Award in recognition of her vision, creativity, and faithfulness to the faith and health movement. Alyson was selected by The American Nurses Credentialing Center to receive the 2019 Certified Nurse Award in Faith Community Nursing.
Alyson has an extensive background in the use of narratives and expressive writing in health ministries. She has led national workshops and retreats on journaling, life review, and spiritual renewal. She was lead editor for revision of Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd edition, and 3rd edition. She has served as an advisor to two Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students; most recently advising a DNP student on use of spiritual reminiscence in persons with dementia.