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An Innovative Role for Faith Community Nursing: Palliative Care Ministry

Lentz, Judy, C.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000478
Feature: CE Connection: faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: Although the specialty of palliative nursing and palliative care continues to grow in hospital and outpatient settings, a paucity of home-based palliative services remains. This article discusses a new paradigm of faith-based palliative care ministry using faith community nurses (FCNs). Under the leadership of a palliative care doula (a nurse expert in palliative care), nurses in the faith community can offer critical support to those with serious illness. Models such as this provide stimulating content for FCN practice and opportunity to broaden health ministry within faith communities.

Judy C. Lentz, MSN, RN, FPCN, is an advanced practice palliative care nurse. She created the role of palliative care doula to serve people as they walk the journey to end of life. As a faith community nurse, Judy values her ministry in service to God.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 8/27/2017.

*All names changed to protect privacy.

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