Faith Community nursing is a growing specialty practice of professional nursing that is recognized by the American Nursing Association as a nursing specialty and It also recognized by many denominations as a ministry that fosters whole person health. This ministry is embraced by Christians and other faith traditions. As a nursing specialty, there are specific qualifications for those entering faith community nursing. The person must be a registered nurse with a current license or a student in a baccalaureate nursing education program. The person must also have at least 2- 5 years of experience where skills have been developed for health assessment and problem-solving.
Faith community nurses are licensed, registered nurses who promote whole person health for self, individuals and the community using nursing knowledge combined with spiritual care. They function in paid and unpaid positions as members of the pastoral team in a variety of religious faiths, cultures, and countries. They prioritize the intentional care of the spirit, assisting the members of congregations and/or faith-based organizations to maintain and/or regain wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.