Internship: Rebekah Kneifel
INTERVIEWS WITH THE GRADUATES
OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE
BASIC PREPARATION COURSE
Ministries has recently held a training for a group of people who are
interested in the combination of Spirituality and healing. The majority of the
attendants were Nurses who belong to churches and attend in hopes of becoming
Faith Community Nurses. One student was not a Nurse thus attending for the
title of a Health Minister. The position of a Faith Community Nurse or Health
Minister is mostly spent as volunteer time. My particular interest was in the
motivation behind these people volunteering their time for such straining,
emotional, time consuming work. Along with my research of intrigue I asked
questions of them in regards to their expectations of the course, how they
originally found out about it, if the course met their expectations and what
Health Ministries could do directly after the training in support of
jumpstarting their new roles as Faith Community Nurses or Health Ministers.
Impacting Charts from Questionnaire 1
Question 1 b. What motivated you to
enroll in the training course?
Motive to Take Course
"I wanted to
learn how to serve my community and church family by caring for their physical
& spiritual needs."
"For the past
4-5 years, I have felt called to this ministry, so see this as a step toward
fulfilling that calling."
"I prayed about it & asked my prayer
group also to ask for guidance. As I investigated FCN I found myself becoming
enthusiastic about this way to serve God in our Parish."
Question 2 Are
there any personal reasons for your involvement as a Faith Community Nurse that
you wish to share?
Reason for Involvement
"I spent many
years as an ICU/Trauma nurse before coming to Hospice. Many times I questioned
my own participation in keeping people alive on life support. I wanted to take
this training to have a more holistic approach to nursing."
"My motivation is my desire to share my
nursing skills with my church."
"My faith is
very important to me. It sustains me in my work as a nurse, as I struggle with
the complexities of public & global health."
believe in "holistic" health approach. I also want to explore my own spiritual
journey & I believe God directed me to this path."
Pie Charts from Questionnaire 2
1: Have your motivations behind becoming an FCN/Health Minister changed
since you've taken this course?
2: What do you plan to do with the tools you've just received from this
Question 3: What, in your opinion, will be the most difficult
aspect of establishing yourself as an FCN or Health Minister?
Question 4: Now that you are finished with your training, what
support would you like from Health Ministries?
5: Is there anything else you would like to convey about your experience
participating in this training?
analyzing the students' responses to the first questionnaire, it became evident
that most of their motivation came from the desire to help their congregation
by combining Spirituality with physical healing. Reading through the answers
the students indicated that in their community, treating patients with
Spiritual healing is just as important as healing patients with physical
treatments. With this insight as well as the background knowledge that a church
congregation is a Spiritual family, the motivation to become a Faith Community
Nurse or Health Minister is obvious.
second questionnaire asked more about anxieties and solutions to those
anxieties that Health Ministries can provide. Many of the students were most
worried about getting established and receiving approval/acceptance by their
congregation in their new title. The support Health Ministries can provide is a
constant presence so that FCN/HM's can turn to them with immediate
questions/concerns. They also requested group meetings every once in awhile to
network with the other FCN/HM's in their community.
responses to the second questionnaire were glittered with praise on how amazing
and professional the training was:
"Totally awesome. All the presentations
were fantastic, would encourage others to take the class."
"I have really enjoyed the training and
now feel like I have a peer group of Parish Nurses on whom I can call for
"It was a delightful training- filled
with information and resources but meeting all the presenters was inspiring and
encouraging- blessings on each one!"
"The amount of time and skill Jeanne and
Dotty put into this program is overwhelming. They are amazing nurses and
"Wonderful to get to know other class
members and hear about the variety of settings in which they will practice."
"I feel very grateful for the opportunity!"
"Appreciated all the handouts, 3-ring
notebook and community resource speakers who came to share information."
"This was a great opportunity and
wonderful to meet all these special women."