June 2021
Faith Community Nurse Network Meeting Recaps
By: Sue Cox BSN, RN- BC
Faith Community Nurse Network Manager
Advocate Aurora Health

April 21
A follow up Documentation workshop, version 101.2, offered a brief review of documentation basics along with a focused tutorial on: 1) using the cost savings portion of the system, and 2) running cumulative reports from data entered. The tutorial was led by associates from the Henry Ford Health System who host our documentation system. A YouTube video demonstrating the basics of the documentation system has recently been created by the folks at Henry Ford. It is a well-done introductory video so check it out!
May 12
An update on Diabetes Management and Care was led by Advocate Aurora Health FCN Pat Shapiro. Pat is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and brings years of experience working in this field. Pat led us in a fun quiz to test our diabetes knowledge and creatively brought us up to date on current treatment trends. Pat is available for consultation to both Faith Community Nurses and their clients regarding diabetes care and management. Reach out to Pat at 414-774-5500 on Wednesdays from 9am to noon or email her at pat.shapiro@aah.org.
Upcoming Meetings
July 14, 10:00 a.m. - noon: Trauma and Resilience/Companioning Program - Amy McNicholas, Advocate Aurora Health Faith and Mental Health Specialist, and Manager, Faith and Health Partnerships, Illinois

Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon: Medical Marijuana

Oct. 5 & 7, 12 & 14, 19 & 21 - Health Ministries Association Conference (2-3 hour sessions/day)

Nov. 10: Day retreat

Dec. 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon: End-of-year holiday celebration
What is it like to be a Muslim Faith Community Nurse in a Mosque Community?
By Nancy Romanchek BSN, RN, CHPN, MPH

My favorite description of Islam is as a clear, racing river which flows through many countries, taking on the color of the stones beneath the surface as it goes. Being a part of this racing, ebbing, everchanging flowing stream of living water is exactly what it is like, being a Muslim Faith Community Nurse in the US in the year 2021.

The summer of 2007 was the first time I set foot inside a Masjid or a Mosque. It was a little frightening quite frankly, because of all the unknowns. As a seeker, I had been privately exploring Islam for several years by this time, and my spiritual connection was stronger than ever. What I did not expect was the stretching and redefining of everything I thought I knew, that followed opening my heart to new ways of understanding the same God of Judaism and Christianity. What was surprising was that I also naturally began integrating the pieces that spoke to my heart and found myself, spiritually, on that proverbial path in the woods that diverged. Most significantly for me, was that I gained Taqwa, what Muslims refer to as God-Consciousness, and came to know with certainty that I was guided. As a seasoned Faith Community Nurse, however, I found myself landing squarely and at times awkwardly, as a faith community hybrid.

In 2009, I presented at the Westberg Symposium about starting a Mom’s Group in a Mosque Community. Some of the obstacles I had discussed at that time seem simplistic to me now. They included what may be described as an altered understanding of time that observant Muslims often possess because of the ever-present vigilance to praying the five daily prayers. Further complicated by the implementation of daylight savings time, creating an 8-month plan with guest speakers and short, self-esteem building projects for young moms was challenging. Numbers could suddenly and unexpectedly swell when grandmothers and visiting mothers-in-law visited from faraway places and were welcomed to gatherings.

‘…something much needed for the community.’
Thanks to an outpouring of love and support from community members, 800 women at risk for isolation received a special card on Mother’s Day.

The Southland Gratitude Room Mother’s Day Card Project, established by Patricia Jackson, Community Health Worker with Advocate Aurora Health, exceeded expectations, with organizers receiving more cards than anticipated.

“We wanted to remind women from the community that they are loved and appreciated – that they are not forgotten,” said LaShondria Purnell, Faith Community Nurse with Advocate Aurora Health. “There were smiles and expressions of warmth when women opened their cards. It was something much needed for the community.”

Along with Advocate, Claretian Associates and the South Chicago Neighborhood Network sponsored the project.

Along with purchasing cards, community members created cards with heartwarming messages.
Staff from Windsor Estates Nursing & Rehabilitation receive donated balloons as part of the Mother’s Day Card Project.
Thank you to Renee Ruffin, CEO of Faithful Meals in Motion, and a member of the Advocate Partners of Faith & Health Network, who donated the balloons.
Many volunteers, like Chantel Bailey, made the Mother's Day Project a success.
Back Issues of e-Newsletters Available
See the latest toolkits from Faith and Health Partnerships:

Advance Care Planning: Illinois issue. Wisconsin issue.

Click here to access back copies of the Faith Community Nurse e-newsletter, COVID-19 updates, mental health e-newsletter and other Faith and Health Partnerships publications.
Health Ministries Association Updates and Resources

One Voice, One Vision: Wisdom for Healthier Communities

Oct. 5 & 7, 12 & 14, 19 & 21

As a health ministry organization, we want to acknowledge this difficult time and allow conference attendees to focus on staying well, serving others, and recovering from this crisis. With this in mind, we have decided to have the 2021 National Conference as a virtual event.

The HMA National Conference will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over a three-week period. Click here to see the brochure.
Faith Community Nurses: Answering the call to serve our communities during the global COVID-19 Pandemic 

Health Ministries Association supports the role of Faith Communities and Faith Community Nurses in answering the call to play a vital role in combating the COVID-19 crisis. To be the most effective, it is recommended that all entities collaborate with federal, state and local health care agencies for the most current and reliable information.

HMA encourages all FCNs to participate in the COVID-19 campaign. Areas of FCN Service may include but are not limited to:

  • Educator: Provides ongoing education about COVID-19 health guidelines in newsletter or bulletin announcements; provides updates on local vaccine clinics, hosts virtual educational presentations on current safety precautions, etc.
  • Coordinator: Arranges transportation and post vaccine follow-up, either virtually or by phone call; assists faith communities in reopening for in-person services (when appropriate for your local area), uses current health and safety recommendations and following state and local guidelines.
  • Advocate: Assists individuals in scheduling vaccine appointments; assists in seeking follow-up care as needed, provides resources for any needs that arise.
  • Vaccinator: Collaborates with a health care agency, department of health, etc., serves as part of the vaccination team, etc.
  • Clinical observer: Participates as a member of the vaccination team in collaboration with a health care agency and/or department of health, and assists in screening and observation of vaccine recipients.

Faith community nursing is dynamic; it reflects emerging nursing practice and healthcare trends. The Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice provides the current competencies in this nursing specialty.

Visit this page to learn more about Faith Community Nursing Certification, Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards Workshops, Faith Community Nursing Society, Faith Community Nurse Mentor Program and information for FCN Foundational Curricula Educators

Contact HMA if you need additional information or clarification about faith community nursing standards.
News from the Westberg Institute
Make sure you get counted!

The mission of the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing is to "support the professional practice of faith community nursing through education, resources, and knowledge sharing." In order to support the professional practice, the Westberg Institute has initiated a worldwide faith community/parish nurse census project in order to measure the number of faith community/parish nurses worldwide, as well as their location, preparation for, and information about various aspects of practice.

At the conclusion of this census on September 30th, 2021, the Westberg Institute will establish and maintain a permanent worldwide faith community/parish nurse registry. The census is a critical component of creating the registry.

Complete the short survey here.  Thank you for taking the time to be counted!

March 28-30, 2022
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Westberg Institute, in partnership with the Nursing Division of the Spiritual Care Association is proud to present the 2022 Westberg Symposium at the Caring for the Human Spirit Conference.

The International Westberg Symposium is the premier gathering of faith community nurses that provides an international platform for nurses who are serving as FCNs or parish nurses in communities around the world.

Theme: Embracing a Bright Future: diversity in faith community nursing practice

Diversity is multifaceted. Culture, race, religion, and practice setting are only a few of the influences faith community nurses combine to provide wholistic care. Along with diversity, the multifaceted aspects of healthcare also influence the future of our specialty practice.

Call for Proposals: Deadline: Aug. 6, 2021. Presentations should clearly relate to one of the following focus points:

  1. Positive aspects of addressing diversity that encourage acceptance and mutual support for all.
  2. Utilizing the arts in health promotion and healing (art, music, movement, dance, etc.)
  3. Practice settings serving unique populations or providing unique services to promote health equity.
  4. Ideas, examples, and research to move the specialty practice forward.

Outcomes of this conference: Participants will self-report at least one aspect of diversity and the arts in health promotion and healing that they intend to incorporate into current practice.
Resources from the American Nurses Association

This ANCC certification and credential are available for renewal only. You can renew this certification every five years and continue to use the credential by maintaining your license to practice and fulfilling the certification renewal requirements in effect at the time you submit your application.

The Sept. 14 event will offer rich discussions around the health priorities of the new administration, the impact of COVID-19 across care delivery systems nationally, and more.

The ANCC Pathway to Excellence® and ANCC National Magnet Conference® in-person event will take place November 11-13, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Upcoming Events

The Chicago Park District is a national leader in serving individuals with disabilities. Starting in 1965, park employees began to be trained on ways to better serve Chicago citizens with disabilities. In 1968, Chicago became the birth place of the Special Olympics with the park district playing an integral role in its development. Today, the Chicago Park District strives to enhance the lives of Chicagoans with disabilities by providing a variety of recreation and leisure opportunities.

Programs include sports, recreation and leisure activities; adaptive sports and recreation programs; deaf and hard-of-hearing programs, and veteran programs and military initiatives.

June 27, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join the Advocate Aurora Health Kidney Team at Montrose Harbor.  Enjoy the festivities and support the mission with COVID-19 precautions in place throughout the event. Or join-us virtually on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Enjoy the experience and walk where you are to support the fight against kidney disease.

Every participant receives an individual dashboard. This dashboard link can be used to update why you walk, set a fundraising goal, and add pictures.

June 28, 6:30 p.m.
Stroke: Education, Prevention and Wellness.
Led by Casey Houlihan, Neurologic Physical Therapist at Advocate Aurora Health.

July 8, 6:30 p.m.
Preventing Colon Cancer – Everything You Need to Know.
Led by Dr. Imad Elkhatib, gastroenterologist with GI Associates of Illinois.

Register at cal.olpl.org or call the library at 708-422-4990.
Museum of Science and Industry Jr. Science Cafés 

Students in grades 4 through 12: Discover what it's really like to be a scientist or engineer!

During virtual conversations and hands-on activities, you will get a unique experience that mirrors real-world experience in a STEM career. Each 30-minute session is an exciting opportunity for you to hear personal stories from a scientist or engineer and dive deeper into the possibility of pursuing a pathway to STEM.

  • July 23, 3:30-4:00 p.m., hear from Marc Mesleh, a surgeon with Advocate Aurora Health 
  • Aug. 20, 3:30-4:00 p.m., hear from Neurologist Deepa Bhupali, Stroke Program Medical Director with Advocate Aurora Health

There is no charge for these Jr. Science Café sessions, but they must be reserved. To reserve a session, email Dulce Enriquez or call (773) 753-1766.

July 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month through Oct. 26

Let’s face it. It’s been a tough year. You may be questioning what it means to be a religious and spiritual leader during times of stress and crisis. You may feel like you are being asked to walk on water, lead through a wilderness and do the impossible.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Educators from Advocate Aurora Health invite you to an opportunity to reflect on our times and what it means to be a leader. Sessions will allow you to reflect on your practice as a faith leader, get ideas and input, try something new and continue learning, feeling and moving into these issues thoughtfully and safely.
This program will use the CPE model of action, reflection, and adjustment, but previous CPE experience is not required.

Sept. 23, 6:00 p.m.

Advocate Aurora Health is sponsoring the annual Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence held in Chicago and virtually this year.

Register today for the 8k run, 5k run, 2 mile walk or the Tots for Peace Sprint for children ages 2 10 years old. A virtual race is also available, more details available here.

Donations can also be made separately to the Trauma Recovery Center, to support services and resources that assist survivors of intentional trauma to help end the cycle of violence. The Trauma Recovery Center’s team currently assists patients across eight counties in Illinois.

Support Groups

June 28 and July 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month

All are welcome to the Southland Gratitude Room on Zoom. We gather virtually each month to:

  • Learn about the benefits of gratitude (there are many!)
  • Support one another and pray together
  • Share creative and fun ideas on how to live a more grateful life
  • Enjoy one-on-one conversations and group discussions on a range of topics, such as: the meaning of gratitude, how to create sacred spaces for quiet time or meditation and the power of living of grateful life

Each Gratitude Room session includes a time of centering/meditation and an opportunity to explore what our sacred texts say about gratitude and living a more grateful life.

July 15, 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Meets on the third Thursday of the month

The Partners For Faith & Health Network was created by Advocate Trinity Hospital and South Suburban Hospital to bring together leaders of all religions, community members, and people in the health field.

We want to work together to advocate and promote lifestyles and activities that prevent and/or support the management of chronic disease in the Southland community. Together, we learn about health topics and discuss how we can improve the health of the people in our community.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:00 a.m.

The Prayer Support Line allows us to come together in unity to release our burdens, receive comfort and express our gratitude to God for holding us close during this pandemic.

The Prayer Support Line is a place where we can join with others in prayer for health, healing and spiritual care with the expectation that God will meet us and provide us with encouragement.
Philosophy of Faith Community Nursing

Faith community nursing is a recognized specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry. Faith community nursing emphasizes health and healing within a faith community. The philosophy of faith community nursing embraces four major concepts: spiritual formation; professionalism; shalom as health and wholeness; and community, incorporating culture and diversity.
~Westberg Institute
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