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Faith Community Nurse Preparation course


The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, announces the fall 2013 dates for its Faith Community Nurse Preparation Course.

The four-day, 34-credit course, which provides valuable education and resources to faith community nurses and lay health ministers, will be held October 4-5 and October 11-12 at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown).

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program is an approved provider of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center-approved curriculum. Designed for individuals who are interested in faith community nursing and health ministry, the course covers the seven main roles of the faith community nurse (FCN):

• Health educator

• Health counselor

• Developer of support groups

• Integrator of faith and health

• Coordinator of volunteers

• Resource and referral agent

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. Course modules are taught by certified faith community nurse (FCN) educators and subject matter experts in the respective fields of practice.

Upon successful completion of the four-day course, nurses are commissioned as faith community nurses and receive 34 hours of continuing education credits; lay persons are commissioned as health ministers.

The cost is $395 per person and includes course materials, 34 continuing education credits for nurses, and free parking in the hospital parking garage. Limited scholarship funds are available.

To download a copy of the course application, visit

Registration and payment are due by Friday, Sept. 27.

For more information about the course, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at or call 412-232-5815.


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