December 31, 2013 | Vol. 74 No. 25

Mercy offering program for faith community nursing

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, will host “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing,” a basic preparation course for faith community nurses and health ministers.

This four-day, 34-credit course offers valuable education and resources to faith community nurses and lay health ministers and will be held February 28, March 1, March 28, and March 29, 2014 at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown).

 The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program is an approved provider of the curriculum developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC), a ministry of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee. 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; Health advocate; Developer of support groups; Integrator of faith and health; Coordinator of volunteers; and, 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.

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

 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 http://www.pmhs.org/parish-nurse-program/education-and-resources.aspx. Registration and payment are due by Friday, Feb. 20, a week prior to the course.

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