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Why a Faith Community Nurse Program? A Five-Finger Response

Ziebarth, Deborah Jean

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000159
Feature: parish nursing

ABSTRACT: The value of a faith community nurse (FCN) program is difficult to communicate in a concise and effective manner to hospitals. It is important for FCNs and FCN Coordinators to have a well-rehearsed, value-added response to the question, “Why a Faith Community Nurse Program?” This article presents a concise, evidence-based response to this question and demonstrates the value of a hospital-supported FCN program in a five-finger response illustration. A concise “elevator speech” is an important strategy to provide a quick response in scheduled, intended, opportunistic, or spontaneous informal interactions in hospitals, and impact stakeholder perception of FCN program value.

The value of a faith community nursing program can be difficult to communicate concisely and effectively. Learn an easy “five-finger illustration” that can positively impact stakeholder perceptions..

Deborah Jean Ziebarth, MSN, ED, PhDc, RN, is Manager of Research and Special Projects at the Church Health Center, Memphis, Tennessee, and a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has 30 years of experience in nursing; 8 as an FCN and 12 as a manager of FCN programs.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 12/10/2014.

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