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Faith Community Nursing: Real Care, Real Cost Savings

Yeaworth, Rosalee C.; Sailors, Ronnette

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000075
Feature: parish nursing

ABSTRACT: At a time when healthcare costs are increasing more than other aspects of the economy, churches are stepping up to help fill needs through congregational health ministries. Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is a rapidly growing health service in the churches of many denominations. This article documents healthcare services and financial savings provided by FCNs and health ministries, showing the critical role faith community nursing can play in containing healthcare costs.

Healthcare costs and access to care are huge concerns today. How can church health ministries document services and demonstrate financial savings?The CE test for this article is available only online at NursingCenter.com/CE/CNJ

Rosalee C. Yeaworth, PhD, RN, is a Faith Community Nurse at Dundee Presbyterian Church, Omaha, Nebraska.

Ronnette Sailors, BSN, RN, is the Coordinator of the Faith Community Health Network, Alegent Creighton Health, Omaha, Nebraska.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 8/14/2013.

© 2014 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship