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Six Complete the Foundations of Faith Community Nurses Course

Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc is proud to welcome six new Faith Community Nurses. The Catholic Health Faith Community Nurse Program and Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. offered a Foundation of Faith Community Nursing Course February 26th-March 20th; a weekend model.

The following Registered Nurses have completed the curriculum: Donna Casey, Patricia Nisbet, Elise Rhodes, Mary Therese Willis, Brigit Klement and LaChenelle McClain. Members and Faith Community Nurses auditing some or all of the course were, Elizabeth Brown, Geraldine Rhodes-Daniels, Maureen Daley and Lois Tripp.

Thank you to members and instructors Carol Ahrens, Loralee Sessanna, Sherry Pomeroy, Lucinda Phillips and Yvonne Askew. Rev Lorretta Brooks also was a presenter. Your time, efforts, and love for Faith Community Nursing were observed and appreciated.

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(Zoom meeting)
April 17th, 2021
9:00 AM

Speaker: Lynn Riker, Director of Clinical Marketing & Outreach for Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo.

Lynn oversees community engagement and education to increase awareness and access to palliative care and hospice services in Erie County. Please join us to learn more about Hospice and Paliative Care and/or to become familiar with any updates. A short membership meeting will follow.

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June 12th, 2021
9:00 AM
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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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