Facilitating Faith Community Nursing in Australia
Faith Community Nursing – bringing ‘nursing’ to the ‘faith community’ and ‘faith’ to ‘community nursing’!
It offers a health dimension to pastoral care that increases its growth in scope, depth and reach. offers a unique approach to addressing many current problems in health, aged, disability and community care, by mobilising the many gifts and strengths of local churches in innovative ways to address contemporary health and social issues.
A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) bridges the gap between the person or family and the health and community care systems, by connecting the person with local support that can improve their whole health and promote wellbeing.
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Next course starts May 2, 2021
Add health to pastoral care in 2021. Free introductory resources to help you.
As an FCN I make a REAL difference in someone’s life right where I live – you can too!
Kevin was tired… Eve, his wife, was becoming more challenging to care for. With her advancing dementia came more complicated behaviour, more cooking, cleaning and household work. The woman he loved was disappearing and the grief left Kevin sad, exhausted and overwhelmed.
Kevin knew there were aged care options to help him, but he was too tired to be bothered trying to navigate the ‘maze of paperwork’. He was sad at the thought of Eve moving to aged care, saying he felt as if he was failing her. “All her memories are here and she will have nothing of her past to hang on to if she goes into a home.” said Kevin dejectedly. I listened to Kevin’s heartfelt concerns. I located information about services and processes for respite and possible permanent care and talked to Kevin and his family about their options.
As a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) in my church I see people holistically, as body, mind and spirit, living in relationships, with God, others and the creation, so their support and care needs to consider all these aspects. I always begin by listening and praying with people (if they want this). I also counsel, educate, help navigate systems, find resources, provide information and support to help people like Kevin to make decisions and take actions to support their health and wellbeing. I am part of the health and pastoral care ministry of my church. God places us into community to “love one another”. Pastoral care is the way my church organises that support. As an FCN I bring additional depth, focus and scope to this ministry, by using my professional knowledge and skills to support the various situations of people of all ages in my church and in my local community.