Faith Community Nursing

Advocating Greater Partnerships to Care for Elderly

Improving the Lives of Older Adults through Faith Community Partnerships: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

This 25-page booklet makes the case for greater partnership between health care organizations and faith communities in service to the elder populations they serve. It provides examples of current partnerships, suggestions for how to get started and shares relevant websites and resources. The document’s use is recommended for community benefit professionals, population health leaders, mission leaders, Faith Community Nurse coordinators at health systems and Faith Community Nurses.
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Elders and Faith Community Partnerships webinar (May 5, 2017)

Recommended Reading

Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, RN: A Nurse of Mercy, the first lay registered nurse to be beatified, recounts the extraordinary life of a holy, 20th-century woman whose tireless efforts to serve her patients both medically and spiritually - even in the face of Communist oppression - changed Polish healthcare and the worldwide Catholic Church.
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Catholic Support

Basis for health ministry in the parish setting and the parish nursing role

Inspiration for the Journey

Resources to feed the parish nurse emotionally and spiritually

In the News and Media

Articles pertaining specifically to parish nursing, as well as, Catholic news in general to keep the parish nurse informed

Recommended Reading List

  • Faith Community Nursing by Janet S. Hickman
  • Faith Community Nursing: Developing a Quality Practice by Carol J. Smucker
  • Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice by ANA
  • Parish Nursing: Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities by Solari-Twadell and McDermott

Contact for More Faith Community Nursing Information

Julie A. Trocchio, BSN, MS
CHA Senior Director, Community Benefit/Continuing Care Ministries
(202) 296-3993

Faith Community Nurse Networking Calls

The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is pleased to host networking calls among parish/congregational nurses working with Catholic parishes, Catholic hospitals or other Catholic health care organizations. These calls will be an opportunity for nurses practicing in health ministry in a Catholic setting to meet each other over the phone, to share inspiration, challenges and successes.

Upcoming Networking Calls:

  • Dec. 10, 2019, 3-4 p.m. ET

Access Phone Number: (866) 642-1665
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If you have a topic you would like discussed on one of the calls or would like to speak briefly about your program, please contact Julie Trocchio, BSN, MS, (202) 721-6320.

Materials from Networking Calls:
Suicide Prevention from a Faith Community Nurse Perspective
Cari Moodie, RN - Coordinator, Faith Community Nursing
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

Centura Health - Lawrence Seidl, Group Vice President, Mission Integration, South State Operating Group, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

End-of-Life Ethics Guides

End-of-Life Ethics Guides

These ethics publications, available in English and Spanish, are designed to help patients, families and caregivers think about end-of-life decisions and prepare an advance health care directive. CHA has developed these in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care. Although a reflection of the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information is helpful to persons from any religious tradition.

Advance Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes
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Teachings of the Catholic Church: Caring for People at the End of Life
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