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Welcome!

 Our website is undergoing revision. The Evangelical Lutheran Faith Community Nurse Association (ELPNA) has
become the Lutheran Faith Community Nurse Association (LFCNA).
Updating of the website pages will occur over the next few weeks.  Thank you for your patience. 


Welcome to the website of the Lutheran Faith Community Nurse Association!  We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health in the ministry of parish/faith community nursing.  Here you will find information about parish/faith community nursing, tools to assist you in your ministry, as well as updates on our progress and activities. May God bless you with peace and joy!


The COVID Corner

Are Your Patients Using This
Anti-COVID Secret Weapon
?

The evidence is piling up that physical activity can lower the risk of getting very sick from COVID. The CDC, based on a systematic review of the evidence, has reported that "physical activity is associated with a decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, while inactivity increases that risk." Other research has linked regular physical activity with a lower risk of infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID.

To read the entire article, click HERE

Covid recovery program

NIH National Institutes of Health Turning Discovery into Health

The RECOVER Initiative brings together patients, caregivers, clinicians, community leaders, and scientists from across the nation to understand, prevent, and treat PASC, including Long COVID. This group is called the RECOVER Consortium.

Many of our parishioners and some parish nurses have had covid and now have symptoms that comprmise their lifestyle.  Follow this link to read more about this new initiative.

https://recovercovid.org/

The Consortium represents and supports more than 100 researchers who are leading studies on Long COVID at more than 200 places around the country. These studies have a diverse group of participants, including adults, pregnant people, and children. 

Covid Vaccine Facts for Nurses Another GREAT Resource 

https://covidvaccinefacts4nurses.org/

The American Nurses Association is proud to partner with the American Nurses Foundation and other leading nurse and healthcare organizations to bring critical and current COVID-19 vaccine information to nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic.


Health Articles for your Congregation

 Focus on Body, Mind, and Spirit

Are you looking for health articles to include in your congregation's newsletter?

You don't have to re-invent the wheel! Advocate Health Care is kind enough to allow us to post their monthly health flyers on a variety of helpful topics. 

You can find more health articles and other helpful tools for ministry by clicking here:

Parish Nurse Ministry Tools page under Resources. 

More Health Flyers to use!!


These are free health tip sheets that you can download and are published in English or Spanish.  There is a current month bulletin amd also an archive of hundreds of other topics to choose.   

The link can be found in the Member's Only section under Parish Nurse Ministry Tools.  Check it out now!!




Like and Follow us On Facebook!

Scroll down to the bottom of this page and visit us on Facebook.  Be sure to click the Like And Follow us on the Facebook page.  


FREE Printable Resource: 

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events was developed in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This booklet provides practical guidance for caregivers—including parents, family members, teachers, clergy, and volunteers—on how to help support children after a traumatic event. This booklet provides readers with an overview of common reactions to violent acts, including a breakdown of common signs and symptoms by age. Concrete steps for caring for children’s emotional and spiritual needs in the wake of a traumatic event are also provided. 

To access and print the book click here

Position Openings

LFCNA will post Position Openings for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses on our website. They will be featured under the Parish Nurse index tab, on select regional pages, and on our Home Page! Each listing will be posted for 30 days. At that time, it may be reposted for 30 additional days. To submit an opening, please submit the information to elpna.national@gmail.com

No positions posted




Grants Available for Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse Ministries

We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations! Members of the LFCNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, LFCNA will annually provide funds for start-up or development of a new focus in an existing parish nursing ministry, for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding. 

 Click here for more information and for the application form. The next deadline will be published in early 2023.


Seasonal Tips: Winter

Many people think poinsettias and Christmas cacti are poisonous. They aren’t. But here are some real dangers to watch out for in winter:

  • Antifreeze Poisoning
  • Salt on Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Mercury in Thermometers
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

For more detailed information and a flyer that con be used in your congregation, click here.

Source: Human Resources and Services Administration / Poison Help

NEW ON THE WEBSITE

Just added to the Program Library under Spiritual Health is a SERVICE OF NEW BEGINNINGS. This is New Years Service that includes the rite of anointing. The service was submitted by Beth Ewing from Region 6. While New Years is over for 2023 you might remember to reference this service when planning for New Years 2024! Thank you for sharing, Beth.

Suicide Prevention


Supporting LFCNA with AmazonSmile

Step by step directions on how to benefit LFCNA while shopping at Amazon have been added to the Members Only page when you click on LFCNA Edge.  There are several ways that you can support LFCNA with your financial gifts. One convenient way is to enroll in Amazon Smile which allows a donation to be made to LFCNA with each Amazon purchase, and happens at no additional cost to you. Amazon helps support over one million local and national charitable organizations.


Step by step instructions on how to benefit LFCNA while shopping at Amazon have been added to the Member's Only page when you click on LFCNA Edge.  






LFCNA Board Member Contact Information

It is our desire that members of LFCNA to have full access to contact information for our Board Officers and Directors.  For security purposes we have added this information to the Member's Only page.  The Board List with contact information is now available.  Click on the Officer and Director Contact List link.


Not a member yet?

LFCNA exists to support Parish/Faith Community Nurses who are Lutheran or who serve in Lutheran Congregations.
If you are from another denomination please contact
lutheranfcna@gmail.com for further information.

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ELPNA©
Please contact us with any website recommendations or corrections at lutheranfcna@gmail.com

Click for LFCNA brochure:
LFCNA Brochure

Email us at:
lutheranfcna@gmail.com

Mail us at:
LFCNA
6626 Eliot View Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55426


Last updated: 01/11/23

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