Faith Community Nurse Preparation Course Provides Valuable Education & Resources

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The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, announces the fall 2013 dates for its Faith Community Nurse Preparation Course. The four-day, 34-credit course, which provides valuable education and resources to faith community nurses and lay health ministers, will be held October 4-5 and October 11-12, 2013 at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown).

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program is an approved provider of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center-approved curriculum. Designed for individuals who are interested in faith community nursing and health ministry, the course covers the seven main roles of the faith community nurse (FCN):

·         Health educator

·         Health counselor

·         Health advocate

·         Developer of support groups

·         Integrator of faith and health

·         Coordinator of volunteers

·         Resource and referral agent

Additional course modules include prayer; self care; healing and wholeness; ethics; documenting practices; legal aspects; communication and collaboration; family violence; suffering, grief, and loss; advocacy; care coordination; and more. Course modules are taught by certified faith community nurse (FCN) educators and subject matter experts in the respective fields of practice.

Upon successful completion of the four-day course, nurses are commissioned as faith community nurses and receive 34 hours of continuing education credits; lay persons are commissioned as health ministers.

The course is limited to the first 20 participants who register.

The cost is $395 per person and includes course materials, 34 continuing education credits for nurses, and free parking in the hospital parking garage. Limited scholarship funds are available.

To download a copy of the course application, visit http://www.pmhs.org/parish-nurse-program/.

Registration and payment are due by Friday, September 27, 2013.

For more information about the course, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at ParishNurse@mercy.pmhs.org or call 412.232.5815.

About the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program

Established in 1991, the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, was the first parish nurse program in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The program integrates faith and health, and has served more than 4,000 health care professionals and laypersons who volunteer in their faith communities and has commissioned more than 250 faith community nurses and health ministers through its faith community nurse preparation course. To learn more about the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, or to make a donation in support of its important work in our community, visit www.pmhs.org.

About Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS), part of Catholic Health East and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is one of the region’s largest health and social service nonprofits and also one of its largest employers. PMHS includes A Child’s Place at Mercy, McAuley Ministries, Mercy Behavioral Health, Mercy Community Health, Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Operation Safety Net®, and Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. Together, these PMHS programs and their 1,700 employees serve more than 26,000 individuals annually at 60+ locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more about PMHS, or to make a donation in support of its important work in the community, visit www.pmhs.org.