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Creating a Culture for Evidence-Based Practice in the Faith Community

Lashley, Mary

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318293d2df
Feature: parish nursing: CE Connection

ABSTRACT Faith community nurses (FCN) are in an ideal position to lead the faith community in creating structures and models to integrate research and evidence-based practices into faith-based ministries. In transforming an organization, the FCN considers ways to educate the community on the value of research. By embracing research as a method for informing practice, the FCN plays a vital role in evaluating faith-based interventions.

There is little research that addresses the impact of faith community nursing (FCN) on health outcomes or evaluates FCN programs. How can FCNs bring research into the faith community and build evidence-based practice?The CE test for this article is available only online at

Mary Lashley, PhD, RN, is a Professor of Community Health Nursing at Towson University, Towson Maryland. She is board certified in advanced public health nursing, and a volunteer parish nurse at the Loch Raven Baptist church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Conflict of Interest: Dr. Lashley currently serves as 2nd Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Helping Up Mission discussed in this article.

Accepted by peer review 1/25/13.

© 2013 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship