Faith Community Nurse

- your partner in whole person health

The Faith Community Nurse role is an advanced form of community nursing founded upon Christian principles which seeks to support and strengthen the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

A Faith Community Nurse (FCN) can provide HEALTH:

Health promotion

  • promote whole person health
  • promote family and community health
  • empower self-care and support self-management

Education and counselling

  • help people understand their health issues
  • support individuals, families, groups and community with health education via print, seminars, groups and personally
  • brief health counselling

Advocacy and Referral

  • enable people to navigate the health system
  • locate resources, obtain referrals, source health support
  • advocate with services if necessary

Training and Coordination

  • develop health and pastoral care volunteers to ensure quality support in all activities
  • care coordination and case management support

Listening and visiting

  • discuss health, social and spiritual concerns
  • visit at home, residential care, hospital and after discharge
  • enable people to stay connected to family and community

Hope and Spiritual Care

  • sustain spiritual growth and healing
  • prayer and spiritual support  
  • provision of pastoral care

All FCN functions are undertaken to promote HEALTH, HEALING and WELLBEING of the WHOLE PERSON - body, mind and spirit.

Learn about the FCN role in 2020

AFCNA can help prepare you to become an FCN and help churches establish the FCN role in their faith community

FREE Introducing Faith Community Nursing short online course

Introducing Faith Community Nursing course has 5 short sessions to increase your understanding of the role and covers some of the basic practicalities to start the role including how AFCNA can help nurses become a Faith Community Nurse, and churches with establishing Faith Community Nursing in your local community.

To read more click here and to access the course in our education hub click here

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing online course

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.

Next intake Semester 1, 2021. You can register using the 'Registration Form' on the web page which has details on how to make payment

As a member/subscriber your will be the first to know when Foundation course registrations open for each semester. Click here to sign up or use the contact form to register your interest

The Faith Community Nurse role is an important function of church ministry’.

To increase your understanding of why the FCN role is integral to the church become a subscriber or member and receive a short eBook called ‘The Faith Community Nurse role is an important function of church ministry’.

It covers why the church needs a health and healing ministry, a Christian perspective on health, some links between faith and health, and a brief Christian history of nursing.

Health areas of focus

There are four areas where FCNs are making a positive difference