The Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN) offers the Foundations Course based on the newest curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, which is owned by the Spiritual Care Association, New York, NY. The course is a pre-requisite for RNs who want to become Faith Community Nurses and incorporates the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing.
Our unique course provides between 37 – 39 contact hours, depending on the semester, taught by a diverse faculty of advanced degreed nurses with experience in education and faith community nursing. We welcome all faiths to our course and engage our students in active learning.
Spring 2024 Course
This course is jointly provided by Faith Community Nurse Network and the Spiritual Care Association Nursing Division. The Spiritual Care Association Nursing Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. ANCC Provider Unit # P0623. ANCC contact hours are accepted in all states. If you are an international participant consult your accrediting body.
8:00 am to 2:00 pm (Central)
Fridays- 4/5; 4/19; 5/10
8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Central)
Attendance at all 6 sessions is required
Deadline to register: February 23, 2024
Class attendance policy: Due to ANCC requirements, students must attend all classes. Because of the highly interactive nature of the course, we cannot excuse students except in the case of emergencies (illness, attendance at funerals for next of kin) In those cases, we will allow a student to make up no more than 3 modules by viewing recordings and completing assignments related to those modules. The status of FCN cannot be granted unless the student meets these attendance requirements. Please do not register for the course if you’re unable to attend the 6 sessions.
Our course includes the 15 required modules plus a module on Trauma-Informed Care for FCNs for a total of 37.1 contact hours. Learning outcomes for the 15 modules are based on the Westberg Institute’s curriculum.
- What makes Faith Community Nursing unique from other nursing specialties
- How to blend your nursing knowledge and skills with the spiritual dimension of FCN practice; how to “intentionally care for the spirit” of your clients in your ministry
- Practical steps for beginning your ministry including professionalism, communication, teamwork, legal and ethical issues
- How to promote whole-person health in your FCN practice
- How healing, health, prayer and spirituality are integral aspects of FCN
- How to care for yourself as you care for others
The Course is designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses; only RNs will receive Continuing Education Units. Chaplains, health ministers, faith community nursing coordinators and other related professionals may also enroll in the class but will not receive certification as a faith community nurse.
The cost of the online course is $435. This fee includes contact hours, materials and certificate. A deposit of at least $200 is due at registration with the balance due by the first day of the course. The full $435 can be paid at registration.
Refund policy: Cost will be refunded, except for $200 deposit, if request is received no later than 2 weeks before start of course.
The Faith Community Nurse Network is pleased to offer scholarships to help defray the cost of the Foundations of Faith Community Nurse course.
The Catholic Faith Community Nurse Ministry Association also has $250 scholarship opportunities available to increase the number of FCNs in Catholic churches. Contact Nancy at email@example.com for more information.
The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) offers funds to start a new ministry or develop new programs for existing ministries. Contact Lu Kimpel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sondra Weinzierl, RN, MA, FCN
Sondra received her Bachelor in Nursing degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Masters of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Adult Education and Human Resource Development with a Certificate in Training. Her nursing experience includes Medical-Surgical, Neurology, Diabetes Education and Health Promotion and Education. Sondra was the owner of Weinzierl Education Associates for over 25 years and provided workshops, team facilitation, strategic planning and health promotion consultation to a wide variety of organizations in government, health care, education and industry. She has served as an FCN in faith communities in Boston, MA and in Minnesota over the past 11 years. She received her board certification in Faith Community Nursing in 2018.
Dr. Daniel U’Ren, D.Div
Dr. Daniel U’Ren, M.Div, is the Senior Minister at Western Oaks Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma City. His ministerial career began in 1999 when he became the Youth Minister for First Christian Church (DOC) in Emporia, KS, but has served in churches in Oklahoma since 2001. In addition to serving full time at WOCC, he volunteers with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on the Corporate Fundraising Committee and he serves as the chair for the City/County Health Department’s Wellness N.O.W. Coalition Faith-based committee and has helped to create a health ministry academy in Oklahoma City.
He has served on a number of boards involving health issues including the Tulsa Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, served as a State Substance Abuse Advisory Facilitator, coordinated suicide prevention trainings, and helped to create programs for children encouraging healthy choices including Girl Power, BASIC Training, and Woodward’s Outstanding Winners (WOW) in partnership with the Woodward County Health Department. He has also been the guest speaker for groups like the Faith Community Nurses of Oklahoma, State Department of Health’s Certified Healthy Congregations training events.
Prior to the ministry he served in the United States Army as a medical specialist and served as the supervisor of the base emergency room and in charge of the field emergency room. In ministry, his passion for the advancement of wellness has included the development of health fairs, community events, partnerships with outside groups and incorporating church events to promote increasing physical activity, such as the “Walk to Jerusalem” during Lent. He has also helped churches achieve the level of excellence through the State Department of Health’s Certified Healthy Oklahoma Congregations program. He helped to write the manual for the State Department of Health that offers insight to congregations to develop their own health ministries.
Lori Anderson, RN, MSN, PHN, FCN
I have had the privilege of practicing and leading in faith community nursing in several roles over the past 20+ years. Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul School of Nursing. Additionally, I coordinate student clinical experiences which include using FCN Preceptors. I have the opportunity to teach content that introduces students to the FCN role and I have students working with me in my own FCN role as Pastoral Nurse at Scandia Shores Senior Living. Prior to my work at Northwestern, I launched and developed the HealthEast Faith Community Nurse Network. I’ve been involved in the Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities since its inception in 2005, and have held a variety of roles over the years, most recently on the Research Committee. I have an MSN from Bethel University and also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Program in 2005.
David Cheesebrow, MPA, MN, RN, FCN
David holds a BA in Nursing and Psychology, a MA in Public Administration and Nursing. He was certified in Critical Care (CCRN) and Emergency Nursing (CEN) for 5 years. His clinical experience has been in critical care, emergency care as both a nurse and educator. His geriatric experience includes, expansion of the Block Nurse Program in Highland Park in St., Paul, completion of the Faculty Learning about Geriatric (FLAG) program, and a co-author of a chapter on Emergent care of Older Adults in Gerontological Nursing by Dr. K. Mauk. He retired from Bethel University where he team taught in nursing to older adults, end of life simulation, and leadership. He started as a FCN in 2018 and has been Head Deacon of his local church for 20 years.
Donna Behler McArthur, Ph.D, FNP, MSN, FCN
Donna has over 50 years of experience within nursing, including 40 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), NP educator and administrator within ambulatory health care settings in the US and Saudi Arabia. She began her career trajectory within the USAF to include being a flight nurse.
She received her diploma in nursing from Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing, an MSN (FNP) degree from Vanderbilt School of Nursing and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Currently retired, she holds adjunct clinical professor positions at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the University of Arizona College of Nursing and Department of Neurology. In recent years, her scholarship, practice and community activities have focused on the healthcare of adults living with ALS. She and her husband are active members of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Tucson where she is the Faith Community Nurse. She also volunteers at a homeless women’s center in the area.
Sr Annette Toft Langdon, MA, BSN, RN, FCN
The weaving of faith and health has been prevalent throughout Annette’s career, from nursing and faith community nursing to chaplaincy and spiritual care, to advance care planning and the title of deaconess. Annette is thought of as a pioneer in FCN in Minnesota and has served in both rural and metropolitan communities. Annette has talked and taught about Faith Community Nursing in many venues, including: education and retreats for FCNs; as Adjunct Faculty for Concordia College, Moorhead; presentation of papers and workshops at the Westberg Symposiums; authoring of curriculum on prayer and spiritual care; and authoring two chapters in two books on FCN. Annette received a BSN from Mankato State Collage, Mankato MN and an MA in Pastoral Theology from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul MN. She has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, is a rostered leader in the ELCA and a member of the Deaconess Community of the ELCA. Now in retirement, her personal mission is to share compassion and to be a healing presence in the world.