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"Being a parish nurse is being able to provide a holistic approach to the practice," said Natalie Stewart, a faith community nurse in Jackson. "We're multidimensional people. We are mind, body and spirit, and our spiritual life is integrated in our thinking and physical well being."

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Once they have completed the course, faith community nurses are encouraged to work with a team of people in their congregations. A majority of faith community nurses are volunteers, as there are few paid positions available. Some are retired nurses who want to keep up their registered nurses licenses and continue to care for people. Others volunteer their time in addition to working full time jobs.

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She never imagined that spirituality wouldn't be a part of nursing.

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To take the course, one must be a registered nurse with an active license. The curriculum is nondenominational, meaning nurses of all religions are welcome.

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"At a hospital or a doctor's office, it's oftentimes not appropriate to address peoples' spiritual needs," said Carol Peterson, curriculum coordinator for Wyoming Interfaith Health Ministries.

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The course is divided into sections of spirituality, professionalism, holistic health and community. Topics include:

Licensed registered nurses may receive up to 40 continuing education credits for completing the course through the Wyoming Hospital Association. Faith community nursing is recognized as a specialty practice of professional nursing by the American Nurses Association.

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assessment: individual, family, faith communitysix traditional functions of the parish nurse

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Faith community nurses serve their congregations and communities by providing referrals to health resources, leading classes on topics such as nutrition, fitness or bereavement, or just providing a listening ear. Some provide blood pressure checks after church services, write articles on current health topics for newsletters and bulletins or visit people.

While some religions offer their own courses in faith community nursing, Wyoming Interfaith Health Ministries teaches a course by the International Parish Resource Center.

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But for many nurses of faith, that's something that is missing from their everyday jobs.

faith community nurses need to be able to handle those things."

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were retirement homes, community clinics and private hospitals, religious organizations took care of the ill and elderly in their communities. But it wasn't until the 1980s when the model for modern faith community nursing was developed by a Lutheran chaplain named Granger Westberg.

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For a growing number of Wyoming nurses, faith community nursing fills that void. Faith community nursing, or parish nursing, is a specialty of nursing that focuses on helping patients to achieve health, healing and wholeness through health promotion and disease prevention. Since its inception in 2007, Wyoming Interfaith Health Ministries has trained more than 50 faith community nurses.

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