Who We Are

About Faith Community Nurse Ministries

Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries NW (FCN/HMN), an interfaith, non-profit agency, initiates, develops and supports faith community nursing / health ministries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Membership is open to anyone interested in advancing wellness and wholeness within communities of faith.

Philosophy FCN/HMN emphasizes whole-person health, including the physical, emotional, spiritual and relational dimensions, while reflecting the principles of the faith group served by the parish nurse/health minister.

Focus FCN/HMN assists and empowers people to take charge of their health, especially those who have little or no access to basic heath care services. In particular this ministry serves the elderly, children, families with limited resources and the physically and mentally disabled. It encompasses all nationalities, races, creeds, lifestyles, color, gender and age.

What is a Faith Community Nurse? – A Faith Community Nurse is a registered nurse who has completed the Basic Preparation Class for Parish Nurses and combines both nursing and spiritual commitment in a healing ministry within a faith community. Faith Community Nurses do not do hands-on nursing, but work in partnership with pastors, churches, hospitals, social service agencies and the community. They function as…

  • Health educators promoting wellness;
  • Health counselors advocating personal responsibility;
  • Teachers and coordinators of volunteers;
  • Referral agents and liaisons with community resources;
  • Integrators of faith and health;
  • Developers of support groups; and
  • Health advocates.

What is a Health Minister? A Health Minister is a person in the faith community who is not an RN but has taken the Basic Preparation Class for Parish Nurses. This person then contributes his/her skills to the Health Ministry Program, often under the guidance of a Parish Nurse or Health Ministry Team Leader.

FCN/HMN provides Parish Nurses / Health Ministers with…

  • Educational programs
  • Resources to enhance health ministries
  • Networking and information exchange
  • Community connections