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benefit analysis, community benefit, faith community nursing, fund development, hospitals, informal communication, mission statement



  1. Ziebarth, Deborah Jean


ABSTRACT: The value of a faith community nurse (FCN) program is difficult to communicate in a concise and effective manner to hospitals. It is important for FCNs and FCN Coordinators to have a well-rehearsed, value-added response to the question, "Why a Faith Community Nurse Program?" This article presents a concise, evidence-based response to this question and demonstrates the value of a hospital-supported FCN program in a five-finger response illustration. A concise "elevator speech" is an important strategy to provide a quick response in scheduled, intended, opportunistic, or spontaneous informal interactions in hospitals, and impact stakeholder perception of FCN program value.