Updated COVID-19 considerations
In order to decrease the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), the opening weekend sessions of this course will be conducted online via video conference, including training on how to use the online class environment. As of now we are tentatively planning on hosting the June session, dedication ceremony, and reception in-person.
The Health Ministries Network (HMN) Foundations Course prepares state licensed RNs for faith community nurse (FCN) ministry and other caring individuals for health minister (HM) service in their respective congregation or faith community. The next course will be offered over eight weeks beginning April 2020.
The Foundations Course has 15 modules (providing 36 contact hours) designed to help participants care for the whole person by integrating mind, body and spirit wellness, with an emphasis on elements of spirituality in caring for the health needs of congregations and communities. The 15 modules align with Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2017, 3rd edition) published by the American Nurses Association and the Health Ministries Association.
The course is open to people of all faiths and religions.
This faith community nursing and health ministry foundations course embraces four study areas:
Central to faith community nursing health ministry process
Historic roots of professional nursing, emphasizing health and healing
III: Holistic Health
A dynamic process that includes spiritual, psychological, physical and social dimensions of each person
Forging a partnership with both a faith or spiritual community and with the larger community
This course fulfills the educational requirement for board certification in faith community nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). RN participants receive 36 contact hours.
This Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, which is owned by Church Health Center of Memphis, Inc., 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 142, Memphis, TN 38104.
All graduates receive a symbolic health and healing lapel pin, joining the Westberg Institute international consortium of faith community nurses and health ministers.
This course is a partnership with Western Washington University's Continuing Education and the online coursework will be hosted on the WWU platform, Canvas.
Graduates also receive benefits from our coordinated services agreement with PeaceHealth.
Bill Lonneman, DNP, RN
Bill Lonneman is an assistant professor and interim director of the RN-to-BSN program at Western Washington University. He became a nurse in 1982 and has worked in hospice, neighborhood health centers, and primary care as a family nurse practitioner. He received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Madonna University and also holds a Master's degree in Theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He currently serves as chaplain for Francis Place, a ministry of Catholic Community Services that provides program-supported permanent housing in Bellingham for people who were chronically homeless.
Instructor and Coordinator
Carol Nicolay, Ed.D
Carol Nicolay is a retired registered nurse who is active as a Health Minister at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham and as a Westberg Institute instructor. Previously she held positions as Director for Professional Studies (WWU), Assistant Director for Academic Programs (UW), and Manager of Continuing Education (SPIE). She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University and holds a graduate degree from University of Phoenix and under-graduate degree in Adult Education from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix.) She and her husband Neal have lived in Bellingham for over 20 years.
Format, Dates and Location
This course is hybrid, combining in-person and online learning. Students should have internet access and a computer with audio and video capabilities. The opening sessions will be followed by two hours of online work per week over 8 weeks during the months of April and May.
In order to decrease the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), the opening weekend sessions will be conducted online via video conference. As of now we are tentatively planning on hosting the June session, dedication ceremony, and reception in-person. The course dates are as follows:
Friday, April 3, 4:30pm - 7:30pm and Saturday, April 4, 8:30 - 5pm
Opening online sessions, including training on how to use our video conferencing platform and online class environment.
Two hours of online work per week over eight weeks.
Saturday, June 6, 8:30am - 5pm
Final presentations and reflections, dedication ceremony, and family-friends reception.
The in-person portions of this course is held at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. We provide light meals and snacks throughout the course.
A completed application will include: Commitment Statement, Course Application, References, and Confirmation. Applications may be completed online at https://forms.gle/3Ra4vSbbKy6p17299, scanned to PDF and emailed to email@example.com, or by mail to the address below:
Health Ministries Network
800 E. Chestnut St., Suite 1A
Bellingham, WA 98225
A nonrefundable $50 application deposit must be submitted with your application. You may submit your deposit online at www.healthministriesnetwork.net/donate or by check made out to “Health Ministries Network” and mailed to the address above.
You are required to complete the PeaceHealth conviction/criminal history information background check which is attached to the end of the application packet and is available online at https://bit.ly/3ahh3Hm. Your background check can be submitted by PDF emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address above.
As part of the application process, course applicants will receive a call from Instructor and Course Coordinator, Carol Nicolay. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify the course objectives.
For more information please contact:
Carol Nicolay, HM, Ed.D.
HMN Foundations Course Coordinator
Call or Text: (360) 510-9797