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Faith Community/Parish Nurse Literature: Exciting Interventions, Unclear Outcomes

Dandridge, Robyn

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000063
Feature: parish nursing/research: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Faith community/parish nurses provide a variety of services thought to yield positive health outcomes. An integrative literature review was conducted to identify interventions most commonly used by parish nurses in the United States and determine the value of the parish nurse in health promotion and disease prevention. A review of 22 articles published 2008 to 2013 revealed that parish nurses are providing a wealth of interventions to diverse populations but are not successfully evaluating outcomes.

Faith community nurses (FCNs) report an impressive amalgamation of services and interventions in professional literature but few outcomes. How can FCNs capture and report outcomes to document their practice?The CE test for this article is available only online at NursingCenter.com/CE/CNJ

Robyn Dandridge, MSN, RN, CAPA, is a staff nurse in the recovery room of an outpatient surgery center. She completed her parish nurse training in 2010.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 5/2/2013.

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