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South Carolina Faith Community Nurses Association links healthcare reform and the role of congregations.

Faith community nursing is a practice specialty recognized by the American Nurses Association, in collaboration with the Health Ministry Association. As documented in our Scope and Standards of Practice, Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health care and preventing or minimizing illness in the faith community (ANA, 2012).

The state-level organization, South Carolina Faith Community Nurses Association (SCFCNA), works as a network and hub of support in the state for nurses in this specialized practice of professional nursing. SCFCNA's purpose is to strengthen and engage nurses and health promoters interested in health ministry and faith community nursing (Parish Nursing) through basic and advanced education to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health in faith communities. A key resource provided by SCFCNA is an annual conference focused on both building health ministries in our state as well as provided continuing education opportunities to Faith Community Nurses. This year the annual education conference titled, "Empowering Congregations to Respond to the Changing Health Care Environment," will examine connections between faith community role in the midst of health care reform and other current issues impacting individual and congregational health. The conference will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Northeast Presbyterian Church on Polo Road in Columbia, SC. The program will include a keynote speaker, concurrent breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon, and a variety of exhibitors. The registration fee is $25.00, which includes lunch and refreshment breaks. As in previous years, application for continuing education credit will be submitted. For conference registration information or membership in SCFCNA, please contact Katora Campbell at 803-296-3068 or


American Nurses Association and Health Ministries Association. (2012), Faith Community Nursing. Scope and Standards of Practice Scope and Standards of Practice 2nd ed. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.

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Author:Alexander, Judith; Campbell, Katora; Collins, Helen
Publication:South Carolina Nurse
Geographic Code:1U5SC
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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