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To protect the health and safety of our staff and participants, the continuing education symposiums scheduled for April 2, 2020 and June 18, 2020 have been postponed.  We will send more information on rescheduling for a later date as soon as possible.

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The "Staying Healthy" weekly articles provide information and education on Covid-19 relevant topics. They are created by Nancy Lee Nelson, J.D., MPH, BAN, FCN who has generously given permission for other faith community nurses to use or modify them for their own faith community newsletters.

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FCNN Offers Online Continuing Education

The Faith Community Nurse Network is excited to announce the launch of a series of online continuing education programs designed specifically for faith community nurses. We are adapting our symposiums to an online format and bringing them to nurses around the state, region, and country.

The first course, The Art of Listening: Healing Ourselves, Our Clients, Our Communities, is a reprise of Elizabeth Andress' October 2017 symposium. Through this course, learners will be guided to improving their deep listening skills as faith community nurses. Learners will also use contemplative prayer and meditation to deepen their listening to God and self, and reflect on the interconnections between listening to God, self, clients and in the broader community for healing to happen.

The Art of Listening will be available on August 15, 2018 at Each course costs $35 and learners will be awarded 3 contact hours for State Boards of Nursing.

Area Seniors Keep ‘Stepping On’ this Winter, Faith Community Nurses Provide Fall Prevention Courses

February 7, 2018

St. Paul, MN – The Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities is sponsoring highly effective fall prevention programs for older adults across the Twin Cities. The Network has trained 48 faith community nurses – registered nurses who practice in Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith communities – to provide the seven-session Stepping On program.

The Network is currently sponsoring a workshop at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 7025 Halifax Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 on Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. through March 19. Additional workshops will begin in February at the Augustana Apartments in Minneapolis, Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits, hospitalizations, and deaths for Minnesotans aged 65 or older. Among the elderly, the Minnesota death rates from falls are more than three times the national average. Older adults in MN experienced over 29,900 falls in 2009, causing 638 fatalities and an estimated medical cost of $255,435,200. Falls are society’s most expensive injury. The Network is addressing this problem by training and supporting nurses to help prevent falls. It is made possible by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Stepping On is a seven-week community workshop for adults 60 years and older that combines balance and strength exercises with home modification, a review of medication, community safety, vision and sleep. According to a 2004 study, completing the Stepping On course leads to a 31 percent reduction in falls. Volunteer physical therapists, pharmacists, community safety experts and vision specialists participate in the courses, providing expertise in areas that are proven to affect an individual’s risk of falling.

Media: Please contact Jessica Drecktrah, MHA, MN, RN, FCN, Program Director, 612-237-4639 or, to schedule an interview and a visit to one of the Stepping On workshops.

Minnesota Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference

As recipients of a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Jessica Drecktrah, MHA, MN, RN, FCN and Becky Afzali, BA, will present the FCNN Stepping On program and progress to date at the Minnesota Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference in Duluth June 20-22. Jessica and Becky will have the opportunity to network with other professionals and advocates, learn about various services and supports, and share the goals and accomplishments of FCNN's Stepping On. View the poster that will be exhibited at the conference.

FCNN has met all 27 Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council

FCNN has been reviewed by the Charities Review Council and meets all twenty-seven of the Council’s Accountability Standards and was awarded the “Meets Standards” seal.

The Charity Review Council reviews nonprofit organizations in four areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising. The review works to ensure that an organization’s operations, structure and policies meet widely accepted standards for accountability and transparency. The awarded “Meets Standards” seal shows our commitment to accountable and ethical practices. FCNN is now listed as a reviewed organization on the Council’s Smart Givers Network and the Smart Giver newsletter distributed to households, businesses and nonprofits.

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