FCNN is committed to fostering, supporting and generating faith community nursing research
Faith community nursing is an important and growing area of nursing practice in the 21st century. Faith community nurses promote high quality care and work to prevent disease for individuals, families and communities. Scholarly work is needed to bring attention to its potential for improving the health of congregations and communities. The FCNN seeks to promote research in faith community nursing to document its overall effectiveness and impact.
FCNN is committing resources in 4 research related areas:
- Strengthening Network research infrastructure
- Partnering with regional graduate programs to promote research in faith community nursing
- Encouraging young nursing scholars to focus research on FCN practice
- Raising awareness of evidence-based practice among practicing faith community nurses in the Network.
White Paper on Research Emphasis within the Network
The Faith Community Nurse Network’s White Paper on Research details our commitment to research and evidence-based practice in faith community nursing. According to Joann Wessman, PhD, RN, FCN, “The Paper provides a blueprint of vision, mission and implementation that can guide Faith Community Nurse Network research activities for months, if not years ahead.”
Dr. Wessman, parish nurse and health minister at Riverdale Church, is a member of the Network’s Research Committee. She authored the White Paper.
Read our White Paper on Research Emphasis Within the Network.
Executive Summary: Faith Community Nurses November, 2007 (pdf)
Supporting Seniors Across Systems: Effectiveness of Parish Nurse Interventions (pdf)
Care of Community-Dwelling Older Adults by Faith Community Nurses (pdf)
Faith Community Nursing Literature Reference List
Rydholm, L., Moone, R., Thornquist, L., Alexander, W., Gustafson, V., Speece, B.(2008) Care of community dwelling older adults by faith community nurses. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 34 (4): 18-31
Rydholm. L. (2006) Documenting the value of faith community nursing: Saving hundreds, making Cents. Creative Nursing Journal 2006, (2): 10-12
We welcome your input and suggestions and if you have interest in joining our Research Committee, please contact Wanda Alexander at Wanda.Alexander@hennepin.us