Findings from a Survey of Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses in the United States

Source: S. McGinnis, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany, January 2007

The services provided by parish nurse/faith community nurses (FCNs) include health education, personal health counseling, referrals and advocacy – services that are increasingly important because of their limited availability in the commercial health care system.

The current study represents a pilot effort at nationwide systematic data collection on parish nurse/FCNs. Data collected included information on background characteristics of parish nurse/FCNs (e.g., demographics and education), parish nursing/FCN practice (e.g., congregation characteristics), services provided to congregations, and workplace issues (e.g., satisfaction and future plans).

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