St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Promotes Wellness and Healing by Combining Faith and Medicine
The Faith Community Nursing (FCN) program is a unique partnership between St. Joseph’s Hospital and local faith communities. The ministry strives to promote health and wholeness by compassionately and effectively addressing the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals within the congregation and those they reach out to in their communities.
The program includes 76 Faith Community Nurses, who are licensed registered nurses with additional training. The nurses work in partnerships with 43 congregations and 2 clinics within Hillsborough, Western Polk and Southern Pasco County’s primary and secondary service areas. Two of the 76 nurses are paid on a part-time basis to work specifically with the migrant farm population at the San Jose Mission and the La Esperanza Clinic. The presence of the nurses has had a significant impact on local health and wellness through education, intervention, one on one counseling and navigation of services.
In 2014, the Faith Community Nurse program provided 10,541 volunteer hours of service in the community and documented touching the lives of 35,610 people. Through the two paid clinic nurses, 3,374 clients were seen along with an additional 804 touched indirectly.