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Faith Community Nursing: An International Specialty Practice Changing the Understanding of Health amplifies previous publications about health ministry and faith community nursing. The editors are Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN, and Deborah J. Ziebarth, PhD, MSN, RN, academic leaders in the field of faith community nursing and health ministry. Both nurses are passionate about the specialty practice of faith community nursing and are widely published in the field.

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The text presents relevant and timely issues in this specialty where nurses provide intentional care of the spirit, disease prevention, and health promotion in the context of one's faith tradition. The authors offer an interprofessional team opportunity with chapters that apply to lay health ministers, clergy, physicians, hospitals, and health systems.


Divided into 25 chapters with 365 total pages, the book's five sections describe the historical development of faith community nursing, its current implications, and future challenges; it also accounts for the perspectives of the pastor, congregation, faith community nurse (FCN), healthcare system, and national and international organizations in the public health arena. Experts in the specialty have written informative, evidence-based narratives that cover the historical perspective, theoretical underpinnings, practice basics, specialty scope and standards, transitional care and working with interdisciplinary teams as well as legal and ethical aspects.


I especially enjoyed the differentiation between wholistic and holistic nursing practice, standardization of the educational preparation for FCNs, membership organizations that support FCNs' practice, and the current state of research. The chapter on long-term sustainability of the specialty practice is particularly important as FCNs strive to communicate the value of the practice and ministry amidst resource scarcity in both healthcare and faith-based organizations.


The book is well organized. Each chapter contains a crisp and informative abstract, easily readable text, thoughtful exercises for critical thinking, and useful tools in the appendices. The resource is available in print and ebook format in both the United States and European marketplaces. This is a practical resource for those in faith community nursing practice and an excellent textbook for faith community nursing and public health nursing education programs. -Mary Lynne Knighten, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is lead FCN Foundations Educator, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.


Solari-Twadell, A. & Ziebarth, D J. (2019). Faith community nursing: An international specialty practice changing the understanding of health. Chan, Switzerland: Springer.



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