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Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

Winter/Spring 2021 Course

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Sponsored by the Catholic Health Faith Community Nurse Program and
Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc.


This eight-class course is conducted with live participation through a web-based system and will take place online on Fridays and Saturdays:

February 26 & 27

March 5 & 6

March 12 &13

March 19 & 20

Registration ends on Friday, February 5, 2021

Participants must be a registered nurse with an unencumbered, active license, and access to a computer with internet connection.


This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course, developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing in consultation with the National League of Nursing (NLN) and the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center (ANACC), explores this specialty practice which combines professional nursing with health ministry.


Developed from the Judeo-Christian perspective, this 2019 curriculum is respectful of, and can be applied to, other faith traditions by exploring their differences and similarities.


In the context of a faith tradition, areas of discovery include:

• Practice History and Philosophy
• Ethical Issues
• Whole Person Health/Healing
• Loss, Suffering & Grief


Phone or Email
Yvonne Askew, MSN Ed., RN-BC
Faith Community Nurse
(716) 923-9672 (leave a message) or

Scholarships Available

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*Awarding of 34 contact hours requires attendance/participation in ALL of the sessions, with the participant completing all course requirements.


Catholic Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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Becoming A Member

Membership to the Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. is open to registered nurses of all denominations and all faiths.  The Basic Parish Nurse Training program does not need to have been completed before joining.  Read More



Membership Meetings Calendar

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
Winter/Spring 2021 Course

Fridays & Saturdays:
February 26 & 27
March 5 & 6
March 12 &13
March 19 & 20


March 13, 2021

9:00 AM

Ursuline Bankhead, PhD

Implicit Bias in health care, the elderly and our everyday world


June 12th, 2021
9:00 AM
Annual meeting and Elections
Location to be determined

*Zoom information will be found under Membership only section


Implicit Bias Zoom Workshop

Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:00 AM

Dr. Ursuline Bankhead*

Implicit Bias is something that impacts each and every person, regardless of race, culture, age, gender identity, ability status, or belief system. Dr. Bankhead will be holding an interactive presentation and discussion with small group breakout opportunities to provide definitions of bias and implicit bias; clarify how implicit bias impacts all of us personally, culturally and spiritually; to recognize the impact of implicit bias; and to help us learn to better see the God’s grace in those that are “different” from us.

*Dr. Ursuline Bankhead is a native of Buffalo, New York. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Penn State University; her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University; and her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Buffalo. She works as a Psychologist in Western New York and serves on several committees and work groups in the area. She has led various programs and initiatives to address issues of equity and inclusion. She has presented on the topics of communication, health equity, implicit bias, grief and loss, aging, cognitive impairment and gender issues to various groups in WNY.


Free to Members
*Non-Members $15

*Includes a 6 mo. Membership to Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc.

Once your payment is made, you will automatically be redirected to the membership form to complete your registration.

The zoom meeting information for the workshop is provided in the PNMNY Member's Area.

The Experience of Working With a Faith Community Nurse Liaison of Care in a Primary Care Practice Among Older Adult Clients and Their Informal Caregiver

Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, AHN-BC, FCN Sherry H. Pomeroy, PhD, RN FCN, Yvonne Askew, MSN, RN-BC, FCN and Kathleen MacDonald-Shanahan, BSN, MSN, APN-BC are all members of Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. We encourage you to take the time to read the following article.


*This article MAY NOT be shared or published without permission of the Journal of Holistic Nursing and Sage Publishing.

Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, AHN-BC, FCN

Sherry H. Pomeroy, PhD, RN, FCN

Yvonne Askew, MSN, RN-BC, FCN

Kathleen McDonald-Shanahan, BSN, MSN, APN-BC, FCN

Maureen Couche, RN, FCN


First Published : December 7, 2020



Informal caregivers of older adults aging in place are at risk for adverse health and financial consequences. This descriptive qualitative study explored the experience of working with a faith community nurse (FCN) liaison of care in a Catholic health care system affiliated primary care practice among older adult clients and their informal caregiver. Semistructured face-to-face interviews were conducted with nine older adult client–informal caregiver dyads, three clients, and one caregiver (n = 22). Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s reflexive thematic analysis method. The analysis generated one overarching theme, I’m Sorry the Study and FCN Visits Are Coming to an End, and two key themes, The FCN Was Always There to Help Us (older adult clients) and The FCN Took the Pressure Off of Caregiving for Awhile (informal caregivers). Participants viewed the FCN as an instrumental member of their health care team and considered prayer and spiritual support offered by the FCN an essential element of care.

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