Providence Alaska offers course on faith community nursing

January 13, 2023 Providence News Team

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

Join the Alaska Faith Community Resource Center at Providence this January for a course focused on faith community nursing.

What is faith community nursing?
Faith community nursing is recognized as a nursing specialty by the American Nurses Association and is guided by its own scope and standards of practice. The faith community nurse is an Alaska licensed registered nurse who has obtained advanced education in the specialty of faith community nursing.

Course description
The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing class provides basic knowledge and skills needed to initiate a faith community nursing ministry. It combines classroom teaching, as well as online self-instructional modules and exercises. Participants explore the history, philosophy and ethical practice of faith community nursing, as well as legal issues, accountability and documentation.

The course provides tools and resources that faith community nurses and ministries of health can use to initiate disease prevention and health promotion programs. Participants will recognize their role in facilitating prayer, worship and functioning within a ministerial team.
Live course training dates are Jan. 28-29 and March 25-26.

Continuing education
Approximately 37 contact hours of continuing education (CE) will be awarded at the completion of the course.

Lead instructor
Tara Orley, RN, is a faith community nurse educator based in Alaska. Tara received her faculty training through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing. She has served as a faith community nurse for 20 years. Speakers from the Alaska nursing and faith communities will also participate.

Anyone who is interested in developing a health ministry team within their faith community is encouraged to attend.

  • Class is free to all Providence Alaska caregivers; $250 for non-employees.
  • Register by Jan. 20, 2023, by visiting
  • Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited.
  • Providence caregivers must register through HealthStream under course number 15082.

Additional information
Contact Alaska Faith Community Nurse Resource Center at Providence:
Bev Bateman, 907-212-5053,
Amanda Kratochvil, 907-212-2595,

Providence Nursing Institute is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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