Reading for Faith Community Nurses

Informational and Practical Books for Faith Community Nurses

Health, Healing, and Wholeness
Chase-Ziolek, Mary
Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2005
146 pages, ISBN 0-85298-1652-6

Provides a resource to help congregations engage in health care ministries, understand the congregational culture, and use a community-focused approach that reaches beyond the walls of the church.

Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association, 2005.
80 pages, ISBN 978-1-55810-228-6

Articulates the essentials of the nursing specialty, its activities and accountabilities – the who, what, when, where, and how of practice – at all care levels and settings. This is a core resource for the nurse who chooses to focus professionally on the needs and characteristics of a faith community.

Healing Bodies and Souls: A Practical Guide for Congregations
Hale, W. Daniel & Koenig, Harold G.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.
125 pages, ISBN 0-8006-3629-5

Hale and Koenig, national leaders in health ministries, offer a practical and engaging primer on developing a variety of initiatives for pastors, parish nurses, lay leaders, and concerned parishioners. This book mixes real-life congregational case studies with vital information to equip congregations in helping properly manage illness, navigate the healthcare labyrinth, manage or avoid disability, and even provide some life-saving and preventative medical services. Each chapter also provides basic information on the most common healthcare challenges – diabetes, skin cancer, strokes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc. – and what can be done in local congregations.

Faith Community Nursing
Hickman, Janet S. (editor).
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
356 pages, ISBN 0-7817-5457-7

This textbook presents the role of nursing care in a spiritual context combined with the latest information in community health methodology, traditional community and faith community assessments, health education and health promotion/disease prevention programming in many diverse faith traditions.

The Healing Connection: The Story of a Physician’s Search for the Link Between Faith and Health.
Koenig, Harold G.
Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2002.
204 pages, ISBN 1-932031-65-0

The author shares how his personal trials became the catalyst for pioneering research that is changing the heart of medicine. His research concerns the impact of religion on mental and physical health, and challenges individuals and churches to develop ways of implementing the healing connection that can be found in faith.

The Health Cabinet: How to Start a Wellness Committee in Your Church
McNamara, Jill Westburg.
Second Edition. Park Ridge, IL: International Parish Nurse Resource Center, 1997.
69 pages

Details how to start a health cabinet, who should be on a health cabinet, and the reasons for and value of having a health cabinet in your congregation.

Parish Nursing: Healthcare Ministry Within the Church
O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth.
Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003.
339 pages, ISBN 0-7637-2389-4

Provides an overview of the current state of parish nursing, explores the spiritual call to parish nursing, details a spiritual history of parish nursing and the role of the parish nurse as a “spiritual companion” in health and illness. Provides information and guidelines on how to initiate a parish nursing or health ministry program within a faith community. The appendices provide prayers for parish nurses, a “Parish Health Assessment Profile,” a “parish Health Needs Assessment Form,” and other helpful report forms.

The Essential Parish Nurse: ABCs for Congregational Health Ministry
Patterson, Deborah L.
Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2003.
160 pages, ISBN 0-8298-1571-6

The title says it all. If you are considering becoming a parish nurse and want to learn more, this book is a must. Deborah Patterson makes a convincing case for parish nursing and then explains how to design a parish nurse program that can benefit your congregation.

Parish Nursing: A Handbook for the New Millennium
Smith, Sybil D. (editor).
New York: The Haworth Press, 2003.
254 pages, ISBN 0-7890-1818-7

Useful reference for designing health programs that can complement a congregation’s ministry priorities for senior adults. This book identifies strengths to reinforce and weaknesses to avoid. Includes stories from the field.

Parish Nursing: Development, Education, and Administration
Solari-Twadell, Phyllis Ann & McDermott, Mary Ann (editors).
St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 2006.
345 pages, ISBN 0-323-03400-4

Information on how to develop and administer a parish nursing program. It includes ways for parish nurses to integrate religion, spirituality, and health into their roles within a faith community. Describes the roles and functions of the parish nurse, and the educational preparedness needed to become a parish nurse.

Parish Nursing: Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities
Solari-Twadell, Phyllis Ann & McDermott, Mary Ann (editors).
Thousand Oaks: Sage publications, 1999.
316 pages, ISBN 0-7619-1183-9

A handbook on health promotion and care within faith communities. It includes models, roles and settings, the parish nurse’s collaboration with other health team and spiritual care professions, and international perspectives of parish nursing.

Inspirational Books for Faith Community Nurses

Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care
Carson, Verna Benner & Koenig, Harold.
Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2002. 231 pages, ISBN 1-890151-94-7

Describes the work of parish nurses and the preparation needed to fulfill this approach to health and pastoral care. Stories from parish nurses tell about responding to the call as well as the roles they play as educators, counselors, trainers of volunteers, organizers of support groups, referral agents and health advocates.

The Nurse’s Calling: A Christian Spirituality of Caring for the Sick
O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth.
New York: Paulist Press, 2001.
141 pages, ISBN 0-8091-4009-8

This inspirational book provides opportunities for reflection and speaks to the heart of nurses and helps many appreciate the opportunities for ministry that nursing provides.

Healing Words for Healing People
Patterson, Deborah L.
Cleveland: the pilgrim Press, 2005.
144 pages, ISBN 0-8298-1673-9

This book is divided into original meditations and prayers, each designed to give strength and inspiration to busy health professionals in the various situations they encounter in their daily routines. Includes a list of suggested hymns based on the theme of healing, and a list of other liturgical resources.

DVDs for Faith Community Nurses

Called to Care through Faith Community Nursing
Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries, 2007.

This 10 minute video introduces several faith community nurses who are among the more than 10,000 health professionals working in this specialty practice across the US and around the world. Their personal journey into faith community, or parish nursing, is an inspiration to anyone with a passion for helping others.