AFCNA board has a 2020 vision to see 20 new nurses trained as FCNs for 20 new churches

“At the start of a new decade I am excited for what God has in store for AFCNA. You might say I have ‘20:20 vision’—the term we use to express normal clarity or sharpness of vision. I see before me a new generation of nurses and churches rising to meet God’s call to love people in the way God does, as an expression of worship and adoration to Jesus for his saving sacrifice.”

Anne van Loon  Chairperson AFCNA

2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dedicated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – the first time this has occurred for a professional group. It aligns with the final year of the ‘Nursing Now’ campaign to raise the status and profile of nursing around the world, recognizing the crucial role nurses play in health care, health promotion, and disease prevention and treatment.1

Florence Nightingale is an inspiration for Faith Community Nursing. Read more on pages 2-3 in the April 2019 Whole Health magazine

In 2020 Nursing Now is spearheading the ‘Nightingale Challenge’  which encourages workplaces and nursing organisations to provide leadership and development training for 20 young nurses and midwives aiming to grow their skills so they can play a more influential role in global health.

20 Churches adding health to pastoral care

AFCNA can help your church or faith-based organisation add a health dimension to pastoral care.

The church has a vital role to play in health, healing and compassionate care provision.

People in churches may view health ministry as synonymous with pastoral care of ill, injured, bereaved, or distressed people. Pastoral care provides the church’s reactive responses that support a person in a time of acute need or crisis.

Health and Pastoral Care Ministry is much more than that. It takes a whole-of-life approach to promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities across the continuum of life from birth to death. Read more

Learn more about adding health to pastoral care in your church with these resources and training

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AFCNA also provides resources to help you investigate and establish Faith Community Nursing in your local church or faith based organisation. Many of these will launch in March 2020.

20 Nurses adding faith to community nursing

Faith Community Nursing joins faith with community nursing in a practical way.

The FCN (parish nurse or pastoral care nurse) responds to Christ’s love by offering her/his personal gifts and nursing knowledge/skills in service for all. This occurs in the context of a faith community (church, school, aged care facility, community service) as a part of the Christian church’s response to Jesus’ message: “… whatever you do for one of the least of these children of mine, you do for me.” [Matthew 25:40]

The FCN cares for the body, mind and spirit, nurturing growth towards wholeness in and through Jesus Christ. The FCN ministry is part of the Christian church’s caring ministry that puts faith into action to promote health, healing, hope, peace, justice and faith.  “…Faith by itself, if not accompanied by action is dead” [James 2:17] Read more about the Faith Community Nurse role

AFCNA can help you to become a Faith Community Nurse.

Join us to celebrate International Nurses Day on May 12th 2020 and find out how you can make a real difference in your community using your nursing knowledge and skills in the FCN role. Attending this workshop on Faith Community Nursing can count as continuing professional development (CPD) points (see below or click here). Why not participate in AFCNA’s commitment to the Nightingale Challenge and be prepared for free in an exciting ministry role that unites faith with community nursing, by nursing within your faith community!

Be prepared and equipped as a Faith Community Nurse

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Learn more about the role with these resources

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Key dates for 2020: