WKU’s Continuing Education announces a new online health ministry course for registered nurses. The “Faith Community Nursing” course emphasizes health and healing within a faith community.
Faith Community Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community. It is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition and is consistent with many faiths that believe that caring for self and others is an expression of God’s love.
Course instructor Carol Bradford, from the WKU School of Nursing, said the program helps nursing professionals understand health as a dynamic process, encompassing the whole person and beyond – body, mind, spirit, relationships and environment. “I’m excited about this unique collaboration,” she said, “which expands educational access for registered nurses who want to bridge the gap between healthcare and ministry.”
The new online program will be offered Oct. 1-Nov. 15 through a collaboration between the WKU School of Nursing, WKU Continuing Education, and the Parish Nurse Ministries of Paducah Hospitals Lourdes and Western Baptist. Fees are $300 per person and include course materials. The program has been submitted to the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 34 contact hours. Out-of-state registrants should check with their state board of nursing to determine course eligibility for continuing education. Registration ends Friday, Sept. 17.
The curriculum is based on the 2009 Basic Preparation for Parish Nurses through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Participants must be Registered Nurses with a current license in the state where the faith community is located.