Welcome to the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association Inc.
We are the peak professional body for Faith Community Nurses (FCN) working in the pastoral health and care ministry (HCM) of Australian Christian churches/faith communities. We promote and practise
♥ Faith in Action
♥ Hope in Expression
♥ Love in Motion
…through Faith Community Nursing.
Faith Community Nursing is not just ‘another’ ministry of the church. It fits within the core church function of health and care ministry demonstrating the healing mission and ministry of Jesus. Sometimes Faith Community Nursing is referred to as Parish Nursing.
We are here to support you as a Faith Community Nurse or help you become one. As an FCN you unite your nursing skills and your Christian faith to strengthen individuals, families and communities.
Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) provide whole person care of body, mind and spirit. Their practice focuses on promoting health and preventing illness, abuse or injury, and managing existing conditions to maintain optimal health and wellbeing.
FCNs are based in a faith community, a church, church-based school, aged care service or other community service conducted under the auspices of the church. FCNs serve the people within that faith community and/or the people within a geographic or cultural community that particular faith community serves.
Upcoming event in Adelaide South Australia: The Art and Science of Spiritual Care
We are whole people incorporating many dimensions including a body, mind and the spirit. Spiritual care is paying attention to the spiritual dimension in life, offering a way for people to find and experience meaning even during difficult times. Spiritual care is person centred, culturally sensitive and doesn’t impose the practitioner’s beliefs or values on the person they are caring for. There is an art to attending to the person and science with measuring practice. For nurses spiritual care is a regulated part of nursing practice.
The workshop covers
- Overview of spiritual care
- Assessing spiritual needs
- Spiritual care and interventions
- Challenges in providing spiritual care
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While our focus is supporting Faith Community Nursing, we also support churches with health and care ministry resources and guides for setting up Faith Community Nursing.
If you want to know more about why the Faith Community Nurse role is an important function of the local church, click here to receive a short e-book that answers this question looking at
- why the church needs a health and healing ministry
- a Christian perspective on health
- some links between faith and health
- and a brief history of nursing
To keep up-to-date with AFCNA and resources for FCN’s and churches health and care ministry please ‘like’ our Facebook page and subscribe to Whole Health, our AFCNA newsletter. For the latest newsletter click here
For downloadable Fact Sheets and other FREE resources click here
Until we have our own YouTube channel, click here to view the Canadian Association of Parish Nurse Ministries video which explains Faith Community Nursing (called Parish Nursing in the video) to see how this role fits in the health ministry of your local church and replicates the healing ministry of Jesus.
You can help us
AFCNA provides many free resources for nurses and churches. To support our work please consider making a donation or becoming a member.