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    • 06/25/2022
    • 12:00 AM
    • 08/31/2022
    • 11:30 PM
    • Webinar Series

    Become a Faith Community Nurse Coordinator by completing the online Leadership and Coordination Webinar Series. This 8-module series will prepare FCNs for leadership roles in settings such as networks, organizations, and other groups. 


    1. Introduction to the Leadership and Coordination Series

    2. Spiritual Leadership

    3. Marketing and Promoting FCN Practice

    4. Human Resource Management

    5. Growing and Sustaining the FCN Practice

    6. Relationships: Faith, Culture, and Geography

    7. Functioning as an FCN Coordinator in Leadership and Management Roles

    8. Documentation

    Click on the URL below for more information and registration. CEU's available.


    • 08/05/2022
    • 09/01/2022
    • Topic Ideas and Title are due by September 1, 2022

    Invitation to Present:
    Annual Parish Nurse and Congregational Health Ministries Conference 

    "Compassionate Service"

    May 17-18, 2023

    Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI

    For more information, contact
    Dr. Carol Lueders Bolwerk, Conference Chairperson

    mailto:Carol.LuedersBolwerk@cuw.edu or 262-243-4233

    Consider joining our team of presenters! 

    Presentations will focus on compassionate ministries and services to our churches and communities.

    Please email Carol Lueders Bolwerk at the email address above with your topic idea and title by September 1, 2022

    • 08/05/2022
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/14/2022
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church 5011 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 3390

    What is a Faith Community Nurse?
    An FCN has a current Registered Nurse license from the state where she/he practices in a paid or non-paid model working in a Faith Community. “Faith Community nursing is a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.”


    Participants attending the Foundation of Faith Community Nursing Course will be able to: 

    1. Embrace the integration of faith and health as central to the faith community nurse role.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge, attitude, and skills to practice as a beginning faith community nurse.
    3. Value an inter-collegial peer system of support.
    4. Identify a network for continuing development and support.
    5. Commit to continued spiritual formation to more effectively understand and carry out the faith community nurse role.

    Dates: Aug. 5-7 and Aug. 12-14, 2022

    Registration Fee:  $425

    Registration Deadline: July 14, 2022

    For more information and registration details please click here. 

    2022 Foundations Course FINAL.pdf

    • 09/01/2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • ZOOM meeting

    Monthly peer meetings for FCN's in Regions 7 & 8.

    • 09/13/2022
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • 09/27/2022
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Living Dying Well Flyer.pdf

    3-Week Digital Course September 13, 20, & 27 Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Zoom

    In 3-weeks we will cover: Topics to discuss with doctors and family members, treatment plan and care, Palliative Care and Hospice Care, final days/vigil and caregiving, practical things after the death, grief, healing & more

    • 09/15/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10/28/2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virtual and onsite - Sioux Falls, SD

    Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
    September 15 – October 29, 2022

    Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

    Are you hearing the call to serve your community of faith, or the greater community, through your vocation as a nurse? Would you like to learn more about caring for the whole-person through a faith-based lens? In these tumultuous times, many are feeling a pull to connect health and faith, love and compassion in their daily lives and their work. If this is true for you, this may be the course for you! The Foundations of Faith Community Nurse (FCN) course prepares registered nurses to provide leadership as a faith community/parish nurse or incorporate these holistic care skills into their current practice.

    Dates: In-person sessions September 15 – 16, 2022 with closing session October 29, 2022, at Augustana University, Sioux Falls.
    Online learning occurs September 17 – October 28, 2022


    • $325 – Early Bird: Application and payment  are made by
      August 18, 2022
    • $375 – Application and payment made from August 19-
      September 1, 2022

      NOTE:  Cost includes meals during in-person days, Foundations of FCN Text, and FCN Scope and Standards of Practice. 

    For more information and to register, click HERE.  

    1_Flyer_Foundations of FCN Augustana SF.pdf

    • 09/27/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Spending Time in Their Shoes: Spiritual Care with the Elderly and Those Dealing with Dementia

    By Rev. Kent Mechler, Director of Pastoral Care at
    Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, Iowa

    In this webinar, we will seek to get into the hearts and minds of the elderly we serve and explore what influences their thoughts and actions.  We will also discuss how we can best walk with them on the last phase of their life’s journey, with special attention
    being paid to their spiritual needs.

    Date: September 27, 2022

    Time: 4-6 pm PT, 5-7 pm MT, 6-8 pm CT, 7-9 pm ET

    Location: Zoom

    Registration fee: $20 for ELPNA members/ $30 for non-members

    Learning Objectives: At the completion of this education presentation, the participants will:

    1.     Articulate the most helpful attitude we can bring to our ministry with the elderly and those with dementia.
    2.     Learn what motivates the elderly and those with dementia
    3.     List at least two practical interventions to use in our ministry and dealings with the elderly and those with dementia.

    ELPNA has applied for 2 contact hours for this nursing continuing professional development activity through the Montana State Nurses Association.

    • The nurse planner, content experts, faculty and others in control of content (individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
    • To receive contact hours for this event, attendees must attend the entire event and return a completed evaluation form. 

    Registration will open soon!

    • 10/03/2022
    • 10/07/2022
    • Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND


    The Parish Nurse Ministry Program of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN is offering a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing/Parish Nursing course October 3-7, 2022 (the deadline to register is September 19th ) 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.

    Based on the current 2019 curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute, the program topics include: 

    • The role of the faith community nurse within the ministry team
    • Spiritual care and prayer
    • Integrating faith and health, health and healing, and caring for those experiencing issues across the lifespan 
    • A mentoring session, Service of Healing, and Service of Dedication

    The program cost of $450 includes the participant workbook and a copy of the ANA’s practice standards for FCNs (this is a $100 value), and a binder of program specific materials. A small scholarship may be available to those who are not sponsored by a faith community. The cost also includes refreshments and some meals for the week! Lodging is not available on site but there are many hotels in the F/M area.

    For additional information, please email Dr. Jean Bokinskie, PhD, RN, PNM Program Director, at bokinski@cord.edu or call 218-299-3825 or 701-866-3063.  Please visit our website for detailed information, program resources and a link to complete your registration.

Upcoming National Events

National Education Programs

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 https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/ 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".

Last updated: 07/03/2022

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