A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) Program was initiated by a Magnet® hospital and developed through collaboration between hospital departments and a university nurse educator. This article describes the program's development and activities that offer FCNs networking, free continuing education, and are an extension of the hospital's mission and values.
Read about one hospital's successful, cost-effective program to support parish nursing.
Sally Messerly, BSN, RN-BC, is employed in the Health Education Center, Robinson Memorial Hospital and helped developed the Faith Community Nurse Program. She is a volunteer parish nurse for Neuman Center, Kent, Ohio.
Michalene A. King, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a parish nurse researcher, consultant to the Robinson Memorial Hospital Faith Community Nurse Program, and a volunteer parish nurse for Wintersville Parish Families.
Suzanne Hughes, MSN, RN is the clinical education project director for the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She was instrumental in the development of the Faith Community Nurse Support Group.
Conflict of Interest Statement: Michalene A. King receives monetary compensation (mileage) for attending Faith Community Nurse meetings at Robinson Memorial Hospital.