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Adventist HealthCare Holds Faith Community Nursing Training

By Katia Reinert


The new faith community nurses who completed specialty training at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., were (left to right) Evelyn Khandagale, Linda White, Deborah Sisson, Hazel Martin, Marian Parson, Anna Roberts, Sarah Bernstein, and Carolyn Martin.

Eight new faith community nurses (FCN) recently completed the specialty training they needed in order to minister health and healing in their congregations. Adventist HealthCare sponsored the course, which was held at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. The students set aside a week from their daily work and home responsibilities to prepare for and reflect on their calling as FCNs. While in the area, the ladies were comfortably lodged at the adjacent Washington Adventist University.

Each day started with time for reflection and a healthy breakfast, followed by a brisk group walk. The classes covered topics such as integration of faith and health, grief and support group development, self care, spiritual care, health promotion, health advocacy, health education, and counseling, among others. The week was packed with class and self-care activities that helped the students reflect on their own journey in ministry and their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. A healing ceremony held midweek marked the participants’ own experience with God's healing power.

The eight nurses represented Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the area, and from as far away as Arkansas, as well as the Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, and non-denominational faiths. The participants shared their spiritual experiences, God's direction in their lives, and how He called them to this wonderful nursing specialty.

At the final dedication and commitment ceremony, the new FCN's were eager to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and ready to start their ministry of bringing healing and wholeness to the congregations they serve.

For more information about the faith community nursing program, contact program coordinator Katia Reinert, MSN, RN, at (301) 891-6102, or by email at kgreiner@ahm.com.

Reinert would like to invite other health leaders in the Columbia Union to attend two other upcoming training seminars. The Nedley Depression Recovery seminar titled “Training the Trainer” will be held October 11 and 12 at Adventist HealthCare in Rockville, Md. The registration deadline is September 28.

The Health Ministry Team Building training will be held September 19-20. Although registration is required, this session is free of charge.