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    • 10/05/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Faith Community Nurse Network

    FOUNDATIONS Refresher Course

    NEW in Fall 2023

    Course description: Has it been more than 5 years since you attended the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course to prepare you as an FCN?  Westberg Institute recommends that FCNs who’ve attended their preparation course more than 5 years ago should actually retake the Foundations Course due to many revisions.

    This BRAND NEW REFRESHER course may be just for you!  FCNN created this short course to update current FCNs on both the revisions that have occurred in the Foundations Course the last few years, and timely information not included in the existing Foundations Course (Trauma-Informed Care; Drugs of Abuse; Social Determinants of Health.)

    Note:  This is not the required preparation course RNs must take to become FCNS.

    Dates: Thursday, October 5, 2023; Thursday, November 9 ,2023; Thursday, February 1, 2024 --- All 3 sessions are required

    9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. (Central) 

    Course Fee: $150.00 We reserve the right to cancel if class size is below our minimum. Full fee refunded.

    For More Information and to register, please follow this link:

    • 10/10/2023
    • 7:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    The Church Mental Health Summit. During the Summit, you can learn from experts from around the world and be equipped with practical tools, biblically-based resources, and research-backed strategies to support mental health. The event is for pastors, volunteers, and church members who want their church to become known as a safe place for those dealing with mental health challenges. 

    Virtual all day event. October 10th at 7am Eastern Time

    Click below for more information and to register.

    • 10/12/2023
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • St. Paul, MN or virtual

    Faith Community Nurse Network

    “Driving and Aging: Recognizing Risks and Safety Behind the Wheel”

    Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM | IN-PERSON or LIVE via Microsoft Teams|

    Education Center | Community Health & Wellness Hub

    M Health Fairview | 45 W. 10th St. | St. Paul

    With each passing day we all age—causing physical and cognitive changes that can affect many activities of daily living, including driving.  In this session, you’ll learn how to assess those changes as well as the actions that can be taught to aging drivers to mitigate their risks.  You’ll learn about valuable resources and what to do if someone if “turned in” to the Department of Vehicle services.

    Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standard 5B:  Health Teaching and Promotion.  The faith community nurse employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Upon completion, participants will be able to:
    1. Identify changes that accompany aging which may affect driving behaviors.
    2. Use cognitive screening tools that identify drivers at risk of unsafe driving.
    3. Describe actions that can be shared to increase safety when driving.
    4. Locate resources that can assist others to make decisions and take actions related to driving safety.
    5. Outline what happens when a driver is “turned in” to the Department of Vehicular Services.
    6. Discuss emotional and spiritual care interventions to help persons who lose their ability to drive.

    Speaker:  Joan Somes, PhD, RN-BC (Geriatrics) CEN, CPEN, FAEN worked at the bedside as well as a department educator for 40 years in the ERs of Divine Redeemer and St. Joseph’s hospitals in St. Paul, MN.  After retiring, she continued teaching and doing special projects for the MN Dept of Health and Dept of Transportation.  She currently is working on the 4th year of a MN Department of Transportation grant to increase older driver safety in Minnesota and has presented information about what is being done in Minnesota at national as well as local conferences.  Joan is the geriatric section editor of the Journal of Emergency Nursing and has authored numerous articles including “Building a Campaign to Increase Older Driver Safety” found in the November 2022 issue.

    This symposium was designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing criteria for ​3 hours of continuing education for RNs. It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if the offering meets CE requirements for their profession.

    This symposium provides 3.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours approved by the Spiritual Care Association Nursing Division (New York) which is accredited as a joint provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center #P0623 . Contact hours are valid in all 50 states for RN continuing education. To receive your certificate, you must complete the ANCC evaluation. This will be emailed to you within 24 hours after this symposium. When you submit the ANCC evaluation, you will immediately receive the ANCC certificate. Please print or save this certificate immediately. (Contact FCNN ( if you do not receive the evaluation link.) Other professionals should check with their licensing organizations regarding contact hour eligibility. Please also complete the FCNN evaluation that will be emailed to you. This evaluation is important feedback for our speakers and for the FCNN Education Committee. Thank you!

    Disclosure to Learners: It has been determined that there are no financial relationships with any individuals in a position to control content of this course.

    Registration & Cost

    • Cost of individual symposiums (MN FCN $35, Out of MN FCN $45, Non FCN $45, Student $15)
    • Registration closes 72 hours prior to the program start time
    • When registering, you will be asked to select In-Person or Virtual.


    • 10/14/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (MDT)
    • Fort Collins, CO or virtual

    Spirit of Caring Conference

                  Trauma Informed care/Disaster Preparedness

    Saturday, October 14, 2023

    First United Methodist Church

    1005 Stover St.

     Fort Collins, Co 80524


    Live Online via Zoom (for those who can't attend in person)

    To Register:

    • RNs - $50.00 (includes FCN membership & zoom or in-person conference)
    • Non-RN Health Ministers/Clergy/Stephen Ministers - $25.00 (no membership – zoom only)
    • RSVP ASAP by October 6th, 2023
    • Clarify whether you will be attending in person or on-line.
    • Scholarships available on request.

    For more information on the schedule and registration materials, please CLICK HERE

Mental Health First Aid is likened to CPR certification, where information is shared to assist individuals experiencing mental health or substance use-related issues. Specific risk factors and warning signs are discussed, with shared strategies to meet the needs of individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychoses, substance abuse disorders, and trauma. The outcome focus is the development of recovery and resiliency.

The 4 reasons to become trained in Mental Health First Aid:

1. Being Prepared 
2. Being Helpful learn recommended strategies 
3. Mental illnesses affect 1 in 5 adults
4. Share caring for one another

To learn more, go to the Mental Health First Aid website at and if you are interested in taking a course, click on "Get Trained" and if you are interested in being an instructor, click on "Be an Instructor".

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