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Faith Community Nursing program offered at no cost to local nurses

The PATH Foundation and Shenandoah University have partnered once again to offer the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course at no cost to Registered Nurses in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties.

Applications for the hybrid, online certificate course are open until January 22, 2021 at noon.

As a nursing specialty focused on whole-body and spiritual care, the Faith Community Nursing (FCN) certificate program will give registered nurses a foundation to create accessible health programs for their faith communities.

“The Faith Community Nursing course has been a valuable resource to our community,” said Christy Connolly, president and CEO of the PATH Foundation. “By helping more people access this training, we hope that our community can, in turn, better access healthcare through nurses in their faith communities.”

Previous Faith Community Nursing program graduates have used their training to directly impact health in their communities. For example, Sandy Shipe, a 2018 graduate of the program, installed an AED machine in her church, and set up tables to measure blood pressure and perform pulse and BMI checks for members of her congregation.

The online course will run from February 5 to April 17, 2021. It will consist of two Zoom sessions in the beginning of the course and two at the end of the course. The remainder of the course will be completed online. Students must be registered nurses and include a clergy reference form in their application.

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