South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday March 26, 2019

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March 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 9



Holy Cross Hospital and United Methodist Church Partner to Improve Health Through Faith Community Nursing Program

Holy Cross Hospital has partnered with the United Methodist Church’s Florida Conference to promote the health and well-being of its members through the hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Program.
The program is designed to assist faith communities in the development and growth of their health ministries through dedicated nurses who promote health and wellbeing by providing education, preventative care and improved access to healthcare services.
Faith Community Nurses
Known as faith community nurses, the role of these specialty healthcare professionals varies from institution to institution, ranging from part-time volunteers to permanent paid staff. 
Faith community nurses often serve as health counselors, referral specialists, patient advocates, healthcare liaisons, support group facilitators, volunteer coordinators, visitation planners, and organizers of health and wellness activities such as blood pressure screenings, exercise programs and informational classes. 
Practice guidelines for faith community nurses are outlined by the American Nurses Association. 
“Faith community nursing is a ministry that is embraced by many Christian denominations as well as other faith traditions,” said Kim Saiswick, director of community outreach and community benefit ministry officer for Holy Cross Hospital. “Faith community nurses address the mental, social and spiritual health within their local congregations, educating and motivating people to take care of themselves and their families.”
United Methodist Church Partnership
As part of the new partnership, Holy Cross will provide nurses serving in local churches of the United Methodist Church’s Florida Conference, and particularly, its South East District, with access to educational programs, networking opportunities, and important information about community resources, including:
38 hours of continuing education through the Westberg Institute’s Foundations of Faith Community Nursing virtual course,
expert consultation in the development of a faith community’s health ministry,
and ideas and sample health information for bulletin boards, health-related posters, newsletters, and access to professional curriculum for use in health promotion and disease-prevention education.
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