Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association

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Welcome to Region 3!

Region 3 includes:

Western North Dakota Synod, Eastern North Dakota Synod, South Dakota Synod, Northwestern Minnesota Synod, Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, Minneapolis Area Synod, Saint Paul Area Synod, and Southeastern Minnesota Synod 

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Phyllis Bruce
Minneapolis, MN

Marie Wiegert
Minneapolis, MN

Becky Hulden
Taylors Falls, MN

Getting to Know Your Directors

Phyllis Bruce

I graduated from North Park College (now University) and Swedish Covenant Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL.  Following graduation I worked in ICU at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, then became a Clinical Nursing Instructor  in the same ICU.  I found I really enjoyed working with nursing students, but following the birth of my two sons, it was more practical to work on weekends as a staff nurse.  I continued to work in ICU and CCU at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital and eventually was hired as Nursing Instructor for the Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing.  I also attended graduate courses in Allied Health Education at the University of St. Thomas, achieving a MA in Education.  When this 3 year program closed  I was able to find a teaching position at The College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis Campus, a two year nursing program.  I taught there for 14 years before retiring from education accepting a paid position at 20 hours a week with benefits at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis.  I had felt God's call into parish nursing and have been blessed in so many ways by those I had the privilege to teach, help, minister to, and advocate for, during my 9 years there.   I had found my true calling and my true self during this time.  As others have said, “This was the frosting on the cake, of a fulfilling career.” 

Following retirement of my paid position, I continued to serve as unpaid parish nurse in my church and have enjoyed serving on the Region 3 and National Boards of the ELPNA.  I fully believe that every church should have a parish nurse on staff, and I support the ELPNA as we work toward making this happen. We do this by providing grants for taking Faith Community Foundation courses, starting Health Ministries, working with the leaders of the ELCA and other Lutheran churches and seminaries, and providing resources, information, and support through our ELPNA.org website and Newsletters. 

As National Membership Chair, I thank you all for your support and hope that you will continue to be not only a paid member, but an active member.  We need you to be willing to be part of the National Board, to be on committees, and keep working in your own churches and Synods to promote parish nursing. 

Marie Weigert

I received my Master’s Degree in Transcultural and Community Health Nursing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  For my masters project, I developed a nursing model using Jean Watson's Nursing Theory on Caring.  This included the various aspects of the theory and parish nurse functions. I was able to find stories from the members using all parts of the theory, and parish nurse functions.

I have been the chair of the Health Ministry at my church for several years.  We have arranged CPR/AED classes on the odd numbered years for the staff, and also congregational members.  Some of the classes for Adult Education that I have taught are “Living Well”, Healing Oils of the Bible, Making Your Home Healthy, Removing Toxins, and co-presented “What is Parish Nursing".

During the week, the Augsburg Central Health Commons uses one of the Sunday school rooms for those who are homeless and the working poor to receive basic health care.  Advanced nursing students from Augsburg University come to complete some of their practicum hours.

Region 3 Peer Group Gatherings

We will be scheduling further meetings in 2022, so stay tuned!!

Networking Opportunities

Faith Community Nurse Education Collaborative Facebook 

Coordinators of faith community nurse groups across Minnesota are working together to create a clearinghouse of continuing education offerings. The Faith Community Nurse Education Collaborative Facebook group is a place for FCNs to discover educational opportunities of interest. This group is also open to RNs interested in faith community nursing. You will find information on Foundations of Faith Community Nursing courses, symposiums, and other programs that offer contact hours.

Check it out, find upcoming events, and request to join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fcneducationcollaborative 

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Courses in Region 3

The Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN) offers the Foundations Course based on the newest curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing. This is now owned by the Spiritual Care Association, New York, NY. The course is a pre-requisite for RNs who would like to become Faith Community Nurses.  It incorporates the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course Spring 2022 -  March 24 -25, April 5 -6, April 21 -22

 Virtual course offered by the Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities
38.25 contact hours for RNs
ANCC Approved: CE valid in all 50 states!
Time  8:45 AM –4:00 PM (CST) each day

Click here for flyer and registration information

 For more information and registration instruction:  Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course (fcnntc.org)

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
Concordia College, Moorhead MN - In Person Class April 25-29, 2022

The Parish Nurse Ministry Program of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN is offering a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing/Parish Nursing course April 25-29, 2022 (the deadline to register is April 11th) at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. The course format is in-person as we do not offer a distance learning option. The program is open to licensed registered nurses interested in starting health and healing ministries.

Click here for the flyer with registration information

Resources for Parish Nurses and Caregiving


Lyngblomsten is a Christian nonprofit organization serving older adults and their families through healthcare, housing, and community-based services. Some of the community services provided that are especially helpful for Faith Community  Nurses are listed below. 

Caregiver Resources
The Gathering (group respite)
Parish Nurse Ministry Resource Group
Care Ministry Network

Last updated: 11/30/21

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