Faith Community Nursing


Church Health Center/International Parish Nurse Resource Center
In October 2011 the International Parish Nurse Resource Center joined in ministry with the Church Health Center. The IPNRC now operates under the department of Faith Community Outreach, a department at the Church Health Center. The website includes Resources and information for faith community nurses, clergy and educators; including the Annual Westberg Parish Nurse Symposium.

Church Health Reader
Church Health Reader produces innovative resources on health and healing for lay leaders and clergy. We bring you:

Interviews with leaders and thinkers
Tips and advice on running effective ministries
faithful reflections on living with disease
Reviews of relevant resources
Recipes for larger groups such as soup kitchens and church suppers
Tested curricula such as our own Walk & Talk

Our mission is simple, to make you and your church healthier in body and spirit. It begins with each of us making healthier decisions for ourselves and our churches. Church Health Reader is here to help you do just that.

Health Ministry Association
A professional membership organization for all those participating in health ministry. On-line newsletter (HMA Today). Hosts an annual conference; register on-line. Has links for Pandemic Flu Preparedness for Faith Based Organizations. Lots of other resources & useful links.

Family Community Nursing - Health Ministries NW (Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries)
Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries (NPNM), 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.

National Episcopal Health Ministries
Has an on-line newsletter (Body & Soul) and lots of resources. Hosts Annual NEHM Conference; register on-line.

United Methodist Church - Congregational Health Ministries
Search under “Health Ministry Network.” Lots of news articles related to parish nursing and health ministry.

Carle Foundation Parish Nurses
A nursing resource for the body, mind and spirit

Faith Trust Institute
FaithTrust Institute is a national, multi-faith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.

American Nurses Credentialing Center
The ANCC Faith Community Nursing board certification through portfolio assessment provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of registered nurses in the faith community nursing specialty after initial RN licensure. Once you complete eligibility requirements and successfully pass the portfolio review process, you are awarded the credential: Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC). This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your license to practice and meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of your certification renewal.

Health Resources

    Helpful website from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
    Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
    Health topics, monthly health observances, health news.
  • Eat Healthy - Be Active Community Workshops
  • Let’s Move Faith Communities
  • Go4Life
    Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

    You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.