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Value and Meaning of Faith Community Nursing

Client and Nurse Perspectives

Mock, Gabrielle Sheridan

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000393
Feature: CE Connection: faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: The literature that supports and describes faith community nursing (FCN) practice is extensive, but limited in describing the value and meaning of FCN to the community. A qualitative investigation of one FCN program led to emergence of five themes that illustrate the perceived importance of FCN to this community: tasks and services offered, nursing expertise, spirituality, familiarity, and community support. This exploration reveals the deeper value and meaning of FCN to the communities these nurses support.

Gabrielle Sheridan Mock, MD, studied medical anthropology at Creighton University and earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She continues her training in internal medicine at Brown University.

The author received a scholarship from the American Federation for Aging Research to complete this project. There are no other conflicts of interest to declare.

Accepted by peer-review 8/22/2016.

Acknowledgment: Data collection and analysis was supervised by Dr. Barbara Dilly at the Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Creighton University.

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