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Faith Community Nursing

ONLINE Course  |  Fee: $400

  • February 6 - April 3, 2017
  • May 1 - June 26, 2017
  • September 4 - October 30, 2017

Faith community nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.

40 Contact hours (4.0 CEUs) awarded for full participation in the course.

Instructor

Carol Bradford, MSN, RN, FCN
carol.bradford@wku.edu

Ms. Bradford graduated from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing in 1977; a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Kentucky in 1977; and an MSN in Nursing Education from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2010. Ms. Bradford has been a nurse educator for the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) in Memphis, TN since 2005.

Ms. Bradford became involved in parish nursing in 2001, as a charter member of the parish nurse committee at Beargrass Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, KY. After moving to her hometown in Western Kentucky, she served as parish nurse of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Mayfield, KY from 2005–2011. Ms. Bradford has been the Parish Nurse Coordinator of the Parish Nurse Ministry of Lourdes & Western Baptist Hospitals in Paducah, KY since 2005. She has taught the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing 2009 Curriculum, IPNRC publishers, at Western Kentucky University for undergraduate/graduate credit as well as for continuing education credit since 2010.

She is a member of the Health Ministries Association; Sigma Theta Tau, at–large Chapter; and the Kentucky League for Nursing.

Ms. Bradford is active on the boards of the Kentucky Health Ministries Coordinator’s Network, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation, and the Graves County ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy). She is a contributing author in Diana Crowell’sComplexity leadership: Nursing’s role in health care delivery, F.A. Davis Company publishers. She was co–author with Sharon T. Hinton for Working in Rural Communities, Equipping the saints: Continuing education for faith community nurses and congregations, IPNRC publishers. She served on the IPNRC Advisory Committee for Faith Community Nursing Coordinator Curriculum 2012, IPNRC publishers. She has conducted numerous workshops on Faith Community Nursing and appears in the IPNRC DVD Called to care through faith community nursing.

Prerequisites

You must already be a registered nurse with active licensure in good standing.

Basic Course Objectives

  • The participant will embrace the integration of faith and health as central to the faith community nurse role.
  • The participant will demonstrate knowledge, attitude, and skills to practice as a beginning faith community nurse.
  • The participant will value an inter-collegial peer system of support and identify a network for continued support.
  • The participant will commit to continued spiritual formation to more effectively understand & carry out the faith community nurse role.

Teaching Style

The course is completely online and self-paced.  All work is completed within the stated date range.  We hope to enhance the learning experience of each participant by using discussion, personal sharing, case studies, lecture, audiovisuals, or group work.

Who is Providing this Course? 

This program is offered through a collaboration of WKU Department of Nursing &  WKU Continuing & Professional Development.Curriculum based on 2014 IPNRC Foundations of Faith Community Nursing.

The South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) as a provider of continuing education under the Provider Number 5-0026,  expiration date 12-31-17.  40.0 contact hours will be awarded after attending the entire offering and completing evaluations.  KBN # 5-0026-12-17-1080 (2016 course); # 5-0026-12-17-1105 (Feb 2017 course); # 5-0026-12-17-1110 (May 2017 course); # 5-0026-12-17-11115 (Sep 2017 course)

Textbooks Required

  1. Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum: Participant. (2014). Church Health Center, Inc. Memphis, TN. ISBN: 978-1-62144-047-5
  2. Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice 2nd Edition. (2012). American Nurses Association. Silver Spring, MD. ISBN: 978-1-55810-429-7

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