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Promoting Successful Aging Through Faith Community Nursing

Hixson, Lina B.; Loeb, Susan J.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000528
Feature: faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: Promotion of successful aging is imperative for the growing population of U.S. adults 65 and older, who will outnumber those 18 and under by 2035. Faith community nurses (FCNs) provide interventions targeting health promotion and disease prevention, with a focus on faith and health. This study examined the most frequently documented interventions and attended services provided to older adults by FCNs. A secondary analysis of data from the web-based Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries Documentation and Reporting System reveals how FCNs are contributing to successful aging.

Lina B. Hixson, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. She serves as a faith community nurse and is involved in Nurses Christian Fellowship in the Pittsburgh area.

Susan J. Loeb, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, is an associate professor of nursing and director of the PhD program at Penn State University. Her research foci are older adults coping with chronic comorbidities and end-of-life care in prisons.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 5/2/2018.

© 2018 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship