This comprehensive internationally recognised course prepares and equips Registered Nurses to become Faith Community Nurses.

It covers topics such as spirituality, theology, professionalism, holistic health, health promotion, illness prevention, community health and much more.

Building on the ‘Introducing Faith Community Nursing’ (AFCNA) and the ‘Be Care’ (Baptist Care SA) workshops, this 36.5-hour course provides the foundational entry-level knowledge needed to become a Faith Community Nurse (FCN). AFCNA and Baptist Care SA are collaborating to provide the first face to face course over 4 days. The course is split into two x two days with some additional online work.

Face to Face course details

  • Part 1 Dates:  Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd June 2020
  • Part 2 Dates: Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th July 2020 (You must do part 1 to complete part 2)
  • Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm each day
  • Venue: Baptist Care SA, Unit 3, 5-7 Stephen Street, Melrose Park, South Australia 5039
  • Please provide your own lunch. There are cafes close to the venue to purchase take away.

It is unlikely the face to face course will go ahead due to Coronavirus restrictions. We are preparing an online version commencing on the same dates (hopefully) with online interactive class time.

Bookings essential - registrations open on International Nurses Day Tuesday 12th May for a short time. Contact us to register your interest

Topics covered:

  • History and philosophy of Faith Community Nursing
  • Theology of health, healing and whole-person health
  • Spiritual care
  • Prayer
  • Beginning your ministry
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Legal aspects
  • Ethical issues
  • Documenting practice
  • Health promotion
  • Mental health
  • Violence
  • Loss, suffering and grief
  • Assessment and accessing resources
  • Advocacy, care coordination and transitional care

 This course will enrich your practice with:

  • Research related to the topics
  • Faith tradition and theological exploration
  • Key terms with clear definitions to support core concepts
  • Content outline to serve as reference material in the future
  • Critical thinking questions to help you process content and apply learning
  • Learning activities for personal and group application

The entire course will be available in an on-line format via flexible learning in the second semester of 2020. AFCNA will have set commencement and completion dates to facilitate teaching and learning. Become a member to be kept up to date or contact us to be added to the waiting list for the next online course.

International curriculum

 ‘Foundations of Faith Community Nursing’ is an internationally recognised course developed by a panel of experts from the Westberg Institute (USA). This course uses the updated version released in late 2019 to prepare Faith Community Nurses to the same standard around the world.

In America this course fulfills the educational requirements for board certification as a Faith Community Nurse mandated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) aligning the content with the Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2017, 3rd edition) published by the American Nurses Association and the Health Ministries Association.

Australian Faith Community Nurses Association has been approved and licensed by the Westberg Institute to provide this course to Australian nurses. The course content will be contextualised to meet the Australian cultural and health care context, and adapted to meet Australian Registered Nurse competencies and standards of practice, codes of ethics and conduct, and Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) regulations and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) guidelines

‘Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing’ has been a leader in faith community nursing education, consultation, and research for over 30 years, serving health ministry programs worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of high-quality outcomes-based FCN practice as part of an overall health ministry program.