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.

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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.

Health areas of focus

There are four areas where FCNs are making a positive difference

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

Learn about the FCN role

The FREE 'Introducing Faith Community Nursing course' has 5 short sessions to increase your understanding of the role. It covers some of the basic practicalities of the role, how to start it, and explains how AFCNA can help nurses become a Faith Community Nurse, and churches to establish a Faith Community Nursing ministry in your local community.

Gabrielle speaks briefly about what she learned in the Foundations course

The Foundations of Faith Community Course is a comprehensive internationally recognised course to prepares and equip 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. Members receive a large discount. The next course starts on 3 September 2023. Click here to learn more and register

Download factsheets

The FREE 'Introductory Pack' has these factsheets and more, and delivers an 'Introducing Faith Community Nursing booklet' which introduces you to the FCN role and steps to take to consider regarding implementation of the FCN role