Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Role: Assisting Faith Communities in Developing and Maintaining a Faith-Based Nursing Ministry

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164065
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Role: Assisting Faith Communities in Developing and Maintaining a Faith-Based Nursing Ministry
Author(s):
Asper, Maureen
Author Details:
Maureen Asper, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, email: maasper@hsh.org
Abstract:
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: An important aspect of the mission at Holy Spirit Hospital (HSH) is to "help develop health communities" in our area. The Faith-Based Nursing Ministry (FBNM) serves that mission by providing assistance to all faiths to develop or enhance their ministry of health and ongoing guidance and education to faith community nurses (FCNs) and health ministers. SIGNIFICANCE: Health education has been shown to save considerable dollars in treatment costs. FCNs that develop health and wellness programs offer many rewards for their congregation now and in the future. The FBNM assists nurses and health ministers with integrating their religion into a health and wellness program within their congregation. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Previously our area had a fee-for-service congregational program developed by a local hospital. HSH also had a volunteer parish nurse program for inpatients, and some local FCNs were meeting to network. These programs have all disbanded. The FBNM was conceived to support and serve the FCNs and health ministers in their efforts to offer health and wellness programs in their congregations. DESCRIPTION: Free services offered to all local faith communities include: an assessment of the congregation's needs; assistance in developing an individualized wellness program; ongoing guidance; networking opportunities; a resource center and lending library; and monthly lunch-n-learn programs. On-site visits are offered along with assistance in identifying volunteers, training staff, creating programs, and integrating the unique mission of the faith community into their health and wellness program at no charge to any faith community in our area. OUTCOME: From the original databases of our volunteer parish nurses and the local informal parish nurse group, we have increased the number of FCNs interested in receiving monthly information by over 300% with good attendance at the monthly programs. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION: This successful program meets our mission to develop health communities. Several faith communities have offered health fairs, exercise programs, and other health-related activities as a direct result of our efforts. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Several nurses have expressed an interest in FCN, but did not know how to start. This program serves them individually and also serves the experienced FCNs in developing their health and wellness program in their congregation.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
CNS as Interal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Portland, Oregon, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems, held March 3 - 6, Portland, Oregon, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePublic/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Role: Assisting Faith Communities in Developing and Maintaining a Faith-Based Nursing Ministryen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAsper, Maureenen_US
dc.author.detailsMaureen Asper, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, email: maasper@hsh.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164065-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: An important aspect of the mission at Holy Spirit Hospital (HSH) is to "help develop health communities" in our area. The Faith-Based Nursing Ministry (FBNM) serves that mission by providing assistance to all faiths to develop or enhance their ministry of health and ongoing guidance and education to faith community nurses (FCNs) and health ministers. SIGNIFICANCE: Health education has been shown to save considerable dollars in treatment costs. FCNs that develop health and wellness programs offer many rewards for their congregation now and in the future. The FBNM assists nurses and health ministers with integrating their religion into a health and wellness program within their congregation. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Previously our area had a fee-for-service congregational program developed by a local hospital. HSH also had a volunteer parish nurse program for inpatients, and some local FCNs were meeting to network. These programs have all disbanded. The FBNM was conceived to support and serve the FCNs and health ministers in their efforts to offer health and wellness programs in their congregations. DESCRIPTION: Free services offered to all local faith communities include: an assessment of the congregation's needs; assistance in developing an individualized wellness program; ongoing guidance; networking opportunities; a resource center and lending library; and monthly lunch-n-learn programs. On-site visits are offered along with assistance in identifying volunteers, training staff, creating programs, and integrating the unique mission of the faith community into their health and wellness program at no charge to any faith community in our area. OUTCOME: From the original databases of our volunteer parish nurses and the local informal parish nurse group, we have increased the number of FCNs interested in receiving monthly information by over 300% with good attendance at the monthly programs. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION: This successful program meets our mission to develop health communities. Several faith communities have offered health fairs, exercise programs, and other health-related activities as a direct result of our efforts. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Several nurses have expressed an interest in FCN, but did not know how to start. This program serves them individually and also serves the experienced FCNs in developing their health and wellness program in their congregation.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:41:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:41:21Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS as Interal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systemsen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPortland, Oregon, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems, held March 3 - 6, Portland, Oregon, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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