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ANCC adds new certification for parish nurses

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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The American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) has added a new specialty to its lineup of board certifications: faith community nursing. The new certification was developed in collaboration with the Health Ministries Association (HMA) and reflects the growth of nursing within local religious congregations.

New Spin, Old Tradition

While the term “faith community nursing” is relatively new, the idea dates back centuries. Before the nursing profession came to be, care of the sick and injured was often provided by members of religious orders.

Today, faith community nursing, sometimes called parish nursing, is a holistic approach that uses the beliefs, values and traditions of a religious congregation or community to promote health, wellness and healing. Education is usually a major focus, as is connecting people with other resources available in the community.

While specific approaches vary depending on the congregation, the HMA and other interdenominational and interfaith organizations have been working to develop best practices for parish nursing, including balancing cultural traditions with current nursing practice and legal requirements like HIPAA.

ANCC Certification

The latest result of that effort is the new ANCC certification, announced at HMA’s annual meeting and conference in Hyattsville, Md., in September. 

Certification for the new credential is by the portfolio assessment method: Eligible applicants submit an online portfolio with evidence of their knowledge, skills, experience and application of professional nursing practice and theory. For the faith community nursing certification, applicants must have at least 1,000 hours of faith community nursing experience and 30 hours of continuing education in the last three years.

For more information, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/ faithcommunitynursing. Parish nurses may also be interested in joining the HMA. See www.hmassoc.org to find a chapter in your area.  
 

 

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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