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Parish Nursing/Faith Community Nursing - An Opportunity to Serve!

Parish Nursing is an opportunity to practice nursing in a faith-based setting — a congregation and the neighborhood it serves.

  • Parish nursing assists the church to reclaim its healing roots, so evident in the early church and with monks, deacons, and deaconesses who were concerned with the poor, the sick, the women and children.
  • Parish nursing partners Registered Nurses and other caregivers with church staff, members and neighbors in a relationship that seeks to bring wholeness to the bodies, minds and spirits of the congregation.
  • Parish nurses do not usually provide “hands on” services or duplicate services offered by other health care providers.
  • Roles of the Parish Nurse will vary according to the assessed needs of the congregation, but may include integrator of faith and health, health educator, health counselor, health advocate and facilitator of volunteers.

Parish NursesCalvin College offers a Parish Nurse Preparation Program to allow registered nurses to integrate their faith with their practice in a unique manner.

  • Professor Bethany Gordon teaches this program that will award participants 36 contact hours.
  • Contact Professor Gordon with any questions at (616) 526-6012 or email her at

130 registered nurses have now completed the Parish Nurse Basic Preparation Program at Calvin College. The next course will be held over three weekends in fall 2009. Dates for the 14th parish nurse/faith community nurse basic preparation course at Calvin College are:

  • September 18-19, 2009;
  • October 16-17, 2009; and
  • November 20-21, 2009

Dates for the 15th parish/nurse/faith community nurse basic preparation course at Calvin College in 2010 are:

  • February 5-6, 2010;
  • March 5-6, 2010; and
  • April 9-10, 2010

The Friday sessions run from 4:00 PM—9:30 PM and Saturdays are 9:00 AM—6:30 PM. Participants must attend all dates. The cost of the program is $400.00 which includes syllabus, books, food, parish nurse/faith community nurse pin, and certificate of course completion.

For more information, contact Professor Bethany Gordon at (616) 526-6012 or email her at