• January 2018 Newsletter

    Our First Meeting for the New Year will be Thursday January 11, 2018 at Old School Lives in Cotton MN.  9165 US-53, Cotton MN 55724. 12Noon to 2:30pm We will meet in the Cafeteria and a Soup Lunch will be provided.  If you would like a ride contact Pam Franklin 310-0613 or email as well.

    Program: Andrea Simek, DNP,APRN, FNP will be presenting her doctoral quality improvement project “Rural Churches Together for Wellness” – A faith based health promotion project.


    From Duluth: Take Hwy 53-North . Exit WEST in Cotton on to Arkola Rd and then take the frontage road North to the old Cotton School.

    From Virginia/Range area: Take Hwy 53-South to Cotton. Exit WEST on to Arkola Rd and follow directions above.


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs3:5-6        Remember those in prayer on their birthday – What a wonderful gift!

    5   Nyla Benedict                                             24 Kathy Janzig

    8   Norma Pust                                     25 Joanne Bislow

    18 Darlene Christensen                          28 Lynne Kellerman

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Thank God for a year filled with many blessings – and more to come.
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Pray for wisdom in leading this health ministry in the coming New Year.



    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.healthfinder.gov  OR www.nationalwellness.org           


    Cervical Health Awareness Month:  www.nccc-online.org

    National Birth Defects Prevention Month:  www.nbdpn.org/national_birth_defects_prevent.php

    National Glaucoma Awareness Month:  www.aaa.org/eysmart

    Thyroid Awareness Month: www.thyroidawareness.com

    Jan 7-13: National Folic Awareness Month:  www.nbdpn..org/faaw.php


    AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month: www.preventblindness.org

    National Cancer Prevention Month: www.mdanderson.org

    American Heart Month: www.americanheart.org

    Feb 2: Go Red for Women: www.goredforwomen.org    WEAR RED DAY!

    Feb 4: World Cancer Day:  www.worldcancerday.org

    Feb 14: National Donor Day:  www.organdonor.gov


    National Kidney Month:  www.kidney.org

    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:  www.preventcancer.org

    National Nutrition Month:  nnm@eatright.org  or www.eatright.org/nnm

    March 21: Kick Butts Day: www.kickbuttsday.org

    March 18-24: National Poison Prevention Week: www.poisonprevention.org

    Other resources that you can sign up for:

    Journal of Christian Nursing, National Institute of Health  www.nih.gov , or for Health Observances (like those listed), go to:  www.healthfinder.gov/nho

    Advance Care Planning Resourses from Lynn Betzold – Program Coord – Honoring Choices    http://www.gowish.org/   This link brings you to the go wish home page. Here you are able to purchase decks or click on the my-wish-space tab to engage online.

    http://codaalliance.org/go-wish/     This link offers purchasing options (and discounts for larger orders)

    https://commonpractice.com/    This link brings you to the home page for the hello game

     Care Transition Program – –

    I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls; there has been some good tips and info.  Our new St Luke’s Contact is Amanda Klinghoffer RN- Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699. She has our Professional Listing. PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors).

    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing. We have been keeping up with what is being done on a national level. Keep practicing on those in your congregation when discharged.
    2. Rural Aging Initiative Grant. This Grant focuses on our aging populations and keeping those we serve in their own homes as long as possible. Advance Care Planning and Mental Health are the 2 most prevalent tasks that health systems and cities are working on collectively. Hopefully through Grant funding we can have training in both of these areas offered to YOU! Keep this project in your paryers.

    Check out the REPORTS tab on our Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (see back page) Quarterly reports for October  – December 2017 are due now – –

    Thank you  


    January 11, 2018:  Parish Nurse Meeting of the New Year  in Cotton MN

    January 16: APNA Board Meeting at First Covenant Church: 4:30pm to 6:00PM

    February 8: PN Meeting  – watch for details.

    Feb 21-22: Grief Support Facilitator Training at Essential Health Grief Support Center. $275 for 2-day  training. Contact  Kari Parsons at 218-786-4402 to register or get more information.

    March 3, 2018; Meeting of the Minds, Dementia Conference, St Paul River Center.  Early Registration opens 12/18 – 1/26 $165  then 1/27 -2/26  $185.   (Professional rates for Certificates of attendance) Register online:  alz.org/mnnd   or call 952-857-0548

    April  9 -11, 2018: International Westberg Symposium for Faith Community Nursing in Memphis TN  “Expanding Horizons of  FCN Practice”

    https://westberginstitute.org/symposium2018/         Cost: Early Registration $300 (ends 2/26/18)   Call Sharon Hinton at  901-701-2256  or

    hintons@churchhealth.org   CEU’s are dependent on sessions attended.


    2018 Preparation Course Offerings around the State

    January 10th-April 3rd, 2018    12 week online course

    Elim Care Faith Community Nursing Ministry is offering an online course in Foundations for Faith Community Nursing.  The lead faculty for this online course will be Shelly Rock, formerly FCN Coordinator for St. Croix Calley at Lakeview in Stillwater.  Shelly has completed the Educator’s Course through the Westberg Institute and will soon complete her Master’s Degree from Bethel Seminary.  This course will continue the curriculum developed by Paula Lilja,RN, PN, DNSC, and endorsed by the Westberg Institute

    Elim care’s foundations for faith community nursing

    This course explores the specialty practice of faith community nursing that combines professional nursing and health ministry, emphasizing health and healing within the faith community and the larger community. It offers registered nurses with a strong spiritual faith the knowledge to implement and facilitate a faith community nursing ministry, as well as practical opportunity to apply learnings from the course to the dynamic nature of their faith community and its particular needs. This course is derived from the curriculum endorsed by the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing.

    40.5 CEU’s for registered nurses. Course cost is $300

    Register now at :   https://www.grow2serve.com/resources/foundations-faith-community-nursing/

     April 9 -13, 2018: , The Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN Office) in St Paul. Monday – Friday, April 9 -13, 8:30am to 5pm (Closing convocation at 2pm on Friday). 41.5 CEUs/$450  with possibility of scholarships to assist. Call 651-204-0904 or email  contact@fcnntc.org           Learn more at their website http://www.fcnntc.org/FoundationsCourse

     April 16-20, 2018: Centracare of St Cloud MN will offer the Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course April 16-20, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud. Joyce Simones and Carol Engelhart are the Faculty Educators. For more information on price, contact hours and to obtain a brochure contact Annette Jesh at (320) 249-0280  OR annette.jesh@centracare.com


    Concordia Program of Moorhead MN offers the Basic Preparation course each year. The cost of the week-long course remains at $450.00 which covers the cost of meals and most materials to start a health and healing ministry. For more information contact Jean Bokinski at 218-299-3825 or bokinski@cord.edu the informational brochure is at  http://wwwp.cord.edu/offices/parishnurse1.php

    THRIVENT  Reminder:

    Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who is eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

    You and Your Choice Dollars recommendation can make a world of difference to OUR Organization. Look for Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association to direct your dollars. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to find us OR Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after

    the prompt.  Thank you to those who give so generously!


    For your Practice – you need to know!

    Revised Scope and Standards of Practice: the 3rd Edition of the Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing is now available at https://hmassoc.org/resources/hma-publications/. There are several new standards:

    ANA Standards of Faith Community Nursing Practice

    Faith community nursing—visible presence connecting health & faith

    Faith community nursing is a practice specialty that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit, promotion of an integrative model of health, and prevention and minimization of illness within the context of a faith community and the wider community. Such practitioners consider the spiritual, physical, psychological, and social aspects of an individual to create a sense of harmony with self, others, the environment, and a higher power.

    The 17 standards of faith community nursing practice reflect the specialty’s professional values and priorities and provide practice directions and the framework for practice evaluation. Each standard is measurable by a set of specific competencies that serve as evidence of minimal compliance with that standard. The faith community nursing scope and standards of practice, 3rd edition specifies the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the practice that is common to and expected of all faith community nurses.

    Standards of practice for faith community nursing (standards 1-6)

    • Standard 1: Assessment—the Faith Community Nurse (FCN) collects pertinent data and information relative to the healthcare consumer’s health or the situation.
    • Standard 2: Diagnosis—the FCN analyzes assessment data to determine actual or potential nursing diagnoses, problems, and issues.
    • Standard 3: Outcomes Identification—the FCN identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the healthcare consumer or the situation.
    • Standard 4: Planning—the FCN develops a plan that prescribes strategies to attain expected, measureable outcomes.
    • Standard 5: Implementation—the FCN implements the identified plan.

    5a—the FCN coordinates care delivery.

    5b—the FCN employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment.

    • Standard 6: Evaluation—the FCN evaluates progress toward attainment of goals and outcomes.

    Standards of professional performance for faith community nursing (standards 7-17)

    • Standard 7: Ethics—the FCN practices ethically.
    • Standard 8: Culturally Congruent Practice—the FCN practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles.
    • Standard 9: Communication—the FCN communicates effectively in all areas of practice.
    • Standard 10: Collaboration—the FCN collaborates with the healthcare consumer and other key stakeholders in the conduct of nursing practice.
    • Standard 11: Leadership—the FCN leads within the professional practice setting and the profession.
    • Standard 12: Education—the FCN seeks knowledge and competence that reflects current nursing practice and promotes futuristic thinking.
    • Standard 13: Evidence-based Practice and Research—the FCN integrates evidence and research findings into practice.
    • Standard 14: Quality of Practice—the FCN contributes to quality nursing practice.
    • Standard 15: Professional Practice Evaluation—the FCN evaluates one’s own and others’ nursing practice.
    • Standard 16: Resource Utilization—the FCN utilizes appropriate resources to plan, provide, and sustain evidence-based nursing services that are safe, effective, and fiscally responsible.
    • Standard 17: Environmental Health—the FCN practices in an environmentally safe and healthy manner.

    The Health Ministries Association (HMA) is the National Professional Membership Organization for Faith Nurses/Parish Nurses. They developed the faith community nursing scope and standards of practice in collaboration with the American Nurses Association.  The HMA offers health ministry’s consultation and support and various resources. The annual membership fee is $50. For more information go to www.hmassoc.org or call 1-800-723-4291  – the new edition of the scope and standards is available through this organization.

    Reminder of New Blood Pressure Guidelines Announced

    On November 13, 2017, the American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology Guidelines announced the first new blood pressure guidelines in 14 years. There were some recommendations from the JNC8 a few years ago, but these were not official guidelines adopted by the AHA or ACCG. Following are the new guidelines, which the Big Squeeze 2018, and other screening programs will be using. Please note: As you work with your clients at blood pressure screenings, it will be important to identify how your local health care facility and physician groups may decide to implement these guidelines into their current plan of care.

    Blood pressure categories in the new guideline are:

    Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg;

    Elevated: Top number (systolic) between 120-129 and bottom number (diastolic) less than 80;

    Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89;

    Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg;

    Hypertensive crisis: Top number over 180 and/or bottom number over 120, with patients needing prompt changes in medication if there are no other indications of problems, or immediate hospitalization if there are signs of organ damage.

    The new guidelines eliminate the category of pre-hypertension, which was used for blood pressures with a top number (systolic) between 120-139 mm Hg or a bottom number (diastolic) between 80-89 mm Hg. People with those readings now will be categorized as having either Elevated (120-129 and less than 80) or Stage I hypertension (130-139 or 80-89). Previous guidelines classified 140/90 mm Hg as Stage 1 hypertension. This level is classified as Stage 2 hypertension under the new guidelines.

    Link to more in-depth information on this topic: https://news.heart.org/dont-just-  get-your-bp-taken-make-sure-its-taken-right-way/


    Annette Jesh (St Cloud area Coordinator) received this update from Faith Community Nurse, Joyce Simones, RN, EdD, Professor, Department of Nursing Science, St. Cloud State University.

    Contact Hours for our RN license renewal are now 60 minutes in length rather than 50.  Also can count in 15 minutes increments. It came from Melissa Wolfe, MN Board of Nursing – this was changed in October 2017, the MN Board of Nursing adopted new rules re: CEU’s.

    Looking into the New Year:

    From Isaiah 43:19,

    “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it?  . . “

     The Prayer of St Francis

    Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace: Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

    Where there is injury, pardon;   Where there is doubt, faith;

    Where there is despair, hope;    Where there is darkness, light;

    And where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

    To be understood, as to understand;  To be loved, as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.              

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