Faith community nursing is dynamic; it reflects emerging nursing practice and healthcare trends. The Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd edition (2017) provides the current competencies in this nursing specialty.

Please contact HMA if you are seeking more information or clarification about faith community nursing standards and to purchase the new edition.

Faith Community Nursing Certification

October 24, 2017

Status Update for Faith Community Nurse Certification from the ANCC

Our dialogue with the ANCC continues regarding the options for Faith Community Nursing certification.

We received official notification yesterday from Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN regarding an extension of the portfolio program. We have also been in further conversations. Their memo with their new plan, details and the deadline extension is below.

We are pleased to share this updated information with you. We encourage our members who are interested in completing the Faith Community Nursing Certification Through Portfolio to take advantage of this extension. HMA leadership will continue to participate in meetings with the ANCC to explore options regarding certification.




To:                              Marlene Feagan, President

Representing:          Faith Community Nursing

From:                        Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, SVP, Accreditation, Certification,
Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research

Date:                         October 23, 2017

RE:                            Status Update: Portfolio Program for Board Certification

Following ANCC’s decision to terminate the portfolio program, I have received requests for re-consideration of that decision and requests to support applications from individual nurses who were in the process of drafting document submission. In response, the Certification and Measurement leadership team, in collaboration with ANCC executive leaders, has developed the following plan:

ANCC will accept applications from individual nurses for the portfolio program until November 17, 2017. This date cannot be extended, therefore nurses are asked to submit their applications as soon as possible.

ANCC will provide a certification decision on or before December 8, 2017.

For questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me directly at or (301) 628-5231.

October 9, 2017

In an effort to be transparent, we wish to share important news we received from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) on Monday, October 9, 2017.

During a phone conversation between HMA President Marlene Feagan and Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, the ANCC SVP Accreditation, Certification, Measurement and the Institute for Credentialing Research, we were notified that the Faith Community Nursing Certification by portfolio program, was ending effective October 10, 2017. This decision also affects the other six specialties who have certification by portfolio. Read the official notification from ANCC.

While this news is disappointing, HMA is proud to have been part of this partnership with ANCC to bring this program to our specialty practice. We are currently in dialogue with ANCC and the six other organizations affected by this decision to explore our options.

ANCC is the appropriate resource for information regarding the issue. Questions should be directed to Dr. Chappell at ANCC as noted in the above notification. You may also reach out to Marianne Horahan at ANCC via email

HMA is the membership organization representing the specialty practice of Faith Community Nursing. Moving forward, we will keep you informed as more details are available via our newsletters and website notifications.


Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Edition, 2017

The newest edition is now available for $32.95, to order go to our HMA Publications page under the resources tab. If you are a member, in order to purchase this publication at a discount ($27.95) you must do the following:

  • Log into the member’s section
  • Once you are on the Member Dashboard page, hover over the “Get Educated” tab at the top of the page
  • When the drop down menu appears, click on HMA Resources
  • Order

Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards Workshops:

Continuing education workshops on the Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd edition are now being held.  These half-day programs examine how nursing specialty standards of practice are developed and brought into use in clinical practice.  It describes the emerging trends that are influencing faith community nursing, health care, and the nursing profession, and discusses competencies associated with evaluation of professional practice.

A conference was held at BayCare Health Systems in Florida in July and another was held at Gwinnett Medical Center in Georgia on November 3rd. A webinar for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists/Health Ministries is scheduled on November 7th, and a workshop will be offered at Atlantic Health System in New Jersey on November 16th.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area,  download the procedure for requesting a workshop, then complete the Request Form then scan and email to the HMA Office.

Faith Community Nursing Society

To identify and recognize HMA faith community nurses who have achieved certification the Health Ministries Association has established the Faith Community Nursing Society.

Statement of Purpose
Faith Community Nurses who have achieved certification in the professional nursing specialty of faith community nursing 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 Helen Bhagwandin, Faith Community Nursing Society Chair.

Welcome New Faith Community Nursing Society Members!

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 program.

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.