January 8, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 24

Mercy Parish Nurse program for 2013

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, has released the 2013 dates for its four-day Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse Preparation Course.

The course is designed for registered nurses, other health care professionals, and laypersons who are interested in promoting health, wellness, and spirituality, coordinating volunteers, or starting a visitation ministry in their faith communities.

The 34-hour, four-day course will be offered three times in 2013:

• Winter session: February 15-16 and March 8-9, 2013

• Spring session: May 31-June 1 and June 21-22, 2013

• Fall session: October 4-5 and October 11-12, 2013.

Forty-six nurses and three health ministers of the Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic faiths completed the course in 2012. The majority of participants were from Southwestern Pennsylvania, but several traveled from as far away as New Jersey and New York to complete the course.

The course curriculum covers the five main roles of the faith community nurse: educator, counselor, advocate, developer of support groups, and integrator of faith and health. Additional course modules include prayer; self-care; healing and wholeness; ethics; documenting practices; legal aspects; communication and collaboration; family violence; suffering, grief, and loss; advocacy; care coordination; and more. All of the modules are taught by faith community nurse educators and other professionals who are considered subject matter experts in their respective fields of practice.

Upon successful completion of the course, nurses will receive 34 hours of continuing education credits and will be commissioned as faith community nurses/parish nurses. In order to receive credit, participants must attend all four dates during the session for which they register. Other health care professionals and laypersons will be commissioned as health ministers.

Each session is limited to 20 participants. All three sessions will be held at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, Level 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown Pittsburgh).

The cost is $395 per person and includes course materials, continuing education credits for nurses, and free parking in the hospital parking garage. Limited scholarship funds are available.

Course applications may be downloaded at http://www.pmhs.org/parish-nurse-program/education-and-resources.aspx. Registration and payment are due a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of each session.

For more information, or to register, contact ParishNurse@mercy.pmhs.org or call 412.232.5815.

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