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Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

Event Details

Start Date:  June 8, 2014
End Date: July 1, 2014
Email: cdrenning@francis.edu

Parish Nurses

The Saint Francis University Nursing Department will present a Faith Community Nursing course June 8-10 and June 29-July 1. Faith community nursing is a recognized specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry. Faith community nursing emphasizes health and healing within a faith community. The philosophy of faith community nursing embraces four major concepts: spiritual formation; professionalism; shalom as health and wholeness; and community, incorporating culture and diversity.

Saint Francis University is an Educational Partner with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC), A Ministry of the Church Health Center, Memphis, TN.

Faith Community Nurses engage in a variety of ministries, including:

  • Visiting church members at home or in the hospital
  • Providing counseling on health-related issues
  • Making referrals to community resources and providing assistance in obtaining needed health services
  • Assisting members in adapting to important lifestyle changes
  • Teaching classes on how to maintain good health
  • Providing health screenings
  • Developing support groups within the church
  • Training and coordinating volunteers
Registration Information

Registration

Please mail the completed application form and check by deadline: May 23, 2014, to:

Saint Francis University
117 Evergreen Drive, PO Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940
Attn: Cindy Drenning - Nursing Dept.

See the Faith Community Nursing flyer for more information.

Location

All course will be held at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness located on the campus of Saint Francis University in room 211 unless otherwise noted in the course schedule.

Tuition Cost

CHECK ONLY (made payable to SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY): $350.00 - includes meals (3 lunches, 4 dinners, and snacks), all conference materials, and continuing education credits.

Optional Fees:

  • Single Room (Christian Hall): Add $184.00 ($45.00/night x 4 nights)
  • Double Room (Christian Hall): Add $224.00 ($56.00/night x 4 nights)
  • Additional Breakfasts (for individuals staying on campus): Add $23.00 ($5.75/breakfast x 4 meals)

Refund

Full refund if canceled on or before May 16, 2014; partial refund if canceled after May 16 (a $50.00 processing fee will be charged).

Continuing Education Credits

Saint Francis University's CERMUSA is an approved provider of continuing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 33 Contact hours will be awarded by the ANCC upon completion of the entire course (participants are required to attend all six dates).

Contact Information

Please refer all questions to Cindy Drenning, MSN, CRNP, Vice Chair and Clinical Associate Professor, Saint Francis University Department of Nursing, at 814-472-3027 or cdrenning@francis.edu or visit the Department of Nursing website: http://francis.edu/nursing/

Curriculum Content

The curriculum content:

  • Focuses on core concepts of spiritual formation; professionalism; shalom as health and wholeness; and community, incorporating culture and diversity.
  • Encourages individual spiritual growth.
  • Is developed from a Judeo-Christian theological framework of care and is applicable to and respectful of other faith traditions.
  • Is inclusive of socio-cultural and geographic diversity including ethnicity, gender, lifestyle, sexual orientation and faith traditions.
  • Includes various ways of thinking and knowing such as the application of the nursing process which involves assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation; a theological perspective is also emphasized.
  • Develops the nurse for a leadership role in collaborative health ministry.
  • Supplies the content to develop and sustain a faith community nursing practice.
  • Fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among educators.
Presenters

Amy Armanious, RN, DNP, MSOL
Health Ministry Specialist
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Pittsburgh, PA

Ms. Armanious has been a nurse for 26 years. From 2007 – 2008, she worked as a full-time salaried Parish Nurse at the Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, PA. As a Health Ministry Specialist at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, her responsibilities include continuing education programming, annual symposium coordination, monthly newsletter, church consultation, and teaching the Faith Community Nurse and Health Ministry preparation course.

Cindy Drenning, MSN, CRNP
Vice Chair and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Nursing
Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA

Ms. Drenning received her BSN degree from Penn State University and her MSN from West Virginia University. She is certified by the ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner and practices in the area of hospice and palliative care. She worked in Faith Community Nursing at Suncrest United Methodist Church, Morgantown, WV from 1995 – 2002. She developed Health Ministry/Faith Community Nursing programs at churches in West Virginia, and currently serves as the Faith Community Nurse in a volunteer capacity at First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg, PA.

Dorothy Mayernik, RN, MSN, FCN
Health Ministry Specialist
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Pittsburgh, PA

Ms. Mayernik’s experience includes fourteen years in Parish Nursing. Since 2001, she has served as parish nurse for her church and coordinator of Bethany Ministry outreach to the sick, homebound, and bereaved. She is also Chair of committee to initiate Bethany Ministry (health ministry) in other parishes of Archeparchy (Diocese) of Pittsburgh. She has conducted training classes at ten parishes in the Pittsburgh area, and developed a training manual and 2-hour training class recorded on DVD to be used as a self-study module to help parishes in outlying regions to start the ministry.

Carolyn Nickerson, EdD, RN, CNE
Retired Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Ms. Nickerson was an associate professor for the School of Nursing at Duquesne University. She received a BSN from Georgetown University, an MSN in Maternal/Child Health and Midwifery from the University of Utah, an EdD in Higher Education Program Planning and Evaluation from Pennsylvania State University, and a MA in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from Loyola University of Maryland.

Course Schedule

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Time Event
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Registration (DiSepio Atrium - 2nd Floor)
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Welcome and Devotions
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. History & Philosophy, Cindy Drenning, MSN, CRNP, Vice Chair and Clinical Associate Professor Department of Nursing, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Prayer, Carolyn Nickerson, EDD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing (retired), Duquense University, Pittsburgh, PA
5:30 p.m. Devotions and Dinner (Torvian Dinning Hall)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014
Time Event
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Devotions (DiSepio Meditation Room)
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Self Care, Dr. Nickerson
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 12 noon Healing & Wholeness, Dr. Nickerson
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Healing & Wholeness (cont.), Dr. Nickerson
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Communication and Collaboration, Ms. Drenning
5:15 p.m. Devotions & Dinner (Torvian Dinning Hall)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time Event
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Devotions (DiSepio Meditation Room)
8:30 - 10:15 a.m. Beginning Your Ministry, Dorothy Mayernik, RN, MSN, FCN, Health Ministry Specialist Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Pittsburgh, PA
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 12 noon Transforming Life Issues: Family Violence, Amy Armanious, RN, DNP, MSOL, Health Ministry Specialist Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Pittsburgh, PA
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Documentation, Ms. Mayernik
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:30 p.m. Care Coordination, Ms. Armanious
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Devotions & Dismissal

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time Event
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Gathering and Devotions (DiSepio Atrium - 2nd Floor)
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Health Promotions, Ms. Drenning
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 - 5:30 p.m. Health Promotions (cont.), Ms. Drenning
5:30 p.m. Devotions and Dinner (Torvian Dinning Hall)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014
Time Event
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Devotions (DiSepio Atrium - 2nd Floor)
8:15 - 10:15 a.m. Ethical Issues, Ms. Drenning
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 12:00 noon Legal Aspects, Ms. Drenning
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Community Assessment, Ms. Drenning
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Transforming Life Issues - Suffering Grief and Loss, Ms. Drenning
5:00 p.m. Devotions and Dinner (Torvian Dinning Hall)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time Event
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Devotions (DiSepio Atrium - 2nd Floor)
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Advocacy
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Accessing Resources, Ms. Drenning
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12 noon Commissioning Service
12 noon Reception (DiSepio Atrium - 2nd Floor)

Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at http://francis.edu/accessibility-accommodation-request/.