Saint Anthony College of Nursing offers Parish Nurse Preparation Course

From press release

Saint Anthony College of Nursing has introduced the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course to prepare registered nurses to practice in a variety of faith communities.

Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20. An optional face-to-face meeting will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14. The class will also meet from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the final day, Sunday, June 12, with a dedication ceremony held at 3 p.m. in the Saint Anthony Medical Center chapel.

The course follows the curriculum developed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, which prepares the experienced nurse to serve a local church in the capacity of a parish nurse. Content covers the history and philosophy of parish nursing, prayer, self-care, healing and wholeness, ethical issues, documenting practice, legal aspects, beginning your ministry, communication and collaboration, health promotion, transforming life issues, assessment, accessing resources, advocacy and care coordination.

The Parish Nurse Preparation Course includes face-to-face classes and online modules. The final half-day session involves the presentation of the students’ parish nurse proposals and a dedication service to mark the beginning of their parish nurse ministry.

Ecumenical in nature, the course is open to registered professional nurses licensed in the United States. Parish nursing is a recognized specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry. Three college credits will be awarded for completion of the course.

The fee is $570, which includes the cost of the Scope and Standards for Faith Community Nursing book. Pre-registration is required. An initial payment of $300 is due Jan. 21, with final payment due the first day of class. Seven nurses completed the course in the fall of 2010. For more information, contact Beth Carson at (815) 395-5102 or at

Regionally and professionally accredited, Saint Anthony College of Nursing is a Catholic college that prepares students to become caring, professional nurses in acute care and ambulatory settings in beginning and advanced roles of the profession. Undergraduate students are admitted to the College of Nursing BSN program following the completion of 64 hours of lower division credits from a regionally-accredited college or university.

RNs with a bachelor’s degree may select one of three MSN tracks: nurse educator, family nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist.

Saint Anthony College of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, and is approved by the State of Illinois Board of Education to grant the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The Saint Anthony College of Nursing Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791. It is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and its website is

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