In October, 1997 the Parish Nurse Program began its development and was
acknowledged by LMHS as an important health and spiritual initiative to connect
the health system with the community. A steering committee
was developed and a coordinator
was hired to educate nurses and to provide leadership. The name Parish Nurse,
Faith Community Nurse (FCN) and Congregational Nurse is used inter-changeably.
Registered Nurses with active licenses complete a Foundations Curriculum which
follows the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing as set by the
American Nurses Association. About 50% of FCN's are in a paid model and 50% are
in a volunteer model of ministry. The decision regarding paid vs volunteer is at
the discretion of the faith community leadership and the nurse.
Faith Community Nurses who are partnered with LMHS meet
monthly for a collegial, educational, and spiritual connection. Currently, LMHS
has 24 nurses in an ecumenical group of many denominations.