The Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program
has new leadership for local faith community nurses!
The Shepherd’s Center and Novant Health are pleased to announce that Novant Health will begin direction of the Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry (Faith Community Nursing) Program beginning June 1, 2017.
Since 2009, the Shepherd’s Center has been privileged to direct the Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program in collaboration with congregations in our community. We have provided training, ongoing mentoring, spiritual support and educational opportunities for active Faith Community Nurses and are particularly pleased to have been of support to nurses in their ministry.
Cathy Hasty, M.Div., Th.M., Director of Health Ministry and Pastoral Education at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, will offer quarterly meetings and support the active nurses with relevant consultation and education. Karen Sigmon-Smith, Director, Community Wellness and Education for Novant Health, will co-ordinate the program and receive monthly reports for data collection and outcome reporting.
The Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program has been a volunteer-based program offering training to Registered Nurses interested in serving in local congregations, promoting health and well-being through health counseling, education and advocacy. Eighty-three nurses have received training locally since 2007 and Faith Community Nurses currently serve in over 30 congregations in Forsyth County.
Something to consider:
- Are any of your members dealing with multiple and complex needs? For example, do you have members living with or caring for a spouse with a chronic illness, grandparents caring for grandchildren, young adults caring for aging parents?
- Do congregational leaders need assistance in ministering to your home-bound or people needing access to community resources?
- Would your members benefit from education on topics such as weight control, high blood pressure, heart disease or cancer prevention?
- Are you looking for additional ways to promote meaning and purpose and inspire hope in people’s lives?
There are ways to build on the strengths of your faith community and utilize every member of your congregation in promoting whole person health.