Nursing Overview


The tradition of nursing in Catholic health care is one of providing holistic, compassionate care to all those in need. From nurse executives to nursing assistants, in hospitals, long-term care organizations, hospices and community-based programs, we follow the example of those who founded Catholic health care.

The Catholic Health Association provides this site as a place to collect articles, stories and reflections about nursing in Catholic health care. You can contribute by submitting any resources you think would help others in our ministry to Julie Trocchio.

Faith Community Nurse Coordinator Course

The Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing’s Faith Community Nurse Center is offering an advanced preparation course for nurse coordinators and managers November 2-4, 2016.
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Faith Community Nursing

While the concept of parish nursing may be relatively new to many, the role of the parish nurse is deeply rooted in the Catholic Church's healing tradition. Not only does the parish nurse often provide underrepresented individuals with a valuable link to health care, but acting of his or her own faith, the parish nurse also becomes a healing hand of the Church. The parish nurse always includes a focus on the spiritual dimension of health, often utilizing prayer, support groups, and Sacraments to promote healing. The parish nurse is an advocate, an intercessor and a representative of God's healing love.

Faith Community Nursing Resources

Faith Community Nursing 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 faith community nursing call:

  • Nov. 10, 2016, 3-4 p.m. ET
  • May 23, 2017, 3-4 p.m. ET 
  • Nov. 7, 2017, 3-4 p.m. ET

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.

Nursing Networking Calls

The Catholic Health Association has offered conference calls where nurse leaders from Catholic health systems connect and exchange information and gain a broader understanding of what is happening across Catholic health care. While there are no upcoming calls scheduled, if you would like information, please contact Julie Trocchio, CHA's senior director of community benefit and continuing care.

Nursing Resources

Nursing Care and Laudato Si': Climate Change and the Nursing Response Webinar - Free for CHA Members and Non-Members