Faith Community Nursing Introduction

The Margaret T. Stoeckinger Foundation, Inc., is dedicated to the health and well-being of the people of the diocese of Lexington through the activities of Faith Community Nursing/ Faith Community in churches, granting scholarships to nursing students, and providing continuing education for nurses.

Definition of Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nursing is the promotion of whole-person health programs in places of worship and in the communities they serve. Faith Community ministers utilize community resources, and educate others on the interdependent health of body, mind, and spirit. Faith Community Nursing is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, consistent with the basic assumptions of all faiths that we care for self and others as an expression of God’s love. The mission of parish nursing is the intentional integration of the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, with, and through the community of faith in which parish nurses serve.

Definition of Care Giving

Care giving requires help with shopping, food preparation, home upkeep, supervising medications, transportation and eventually all personal care. These caregivers are called upon to make sacrifices that include relocation, career changes, financial burdens, home life adjustments, and decreased social life. The caregiver role begins as a loving responsibility, but after awhile it can become a burden that results in ambivalent emotions.

The long-term care of a person at home requires a range of skills and services designed to help the individual maintain optimum levels of physical, psychological, and social functioning. Coping with these demands effectively requires understanding, support, education, and relief for the caregiver. Meeting the needs of the caregiver is primary. A well designed educational program can offer opportunities to learn and to share. This could help lessen the burden and enhance the coping strategies for the primary caregiver and for the family.

Recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of caregivers as well as those receiving care, the Margaret T. Stoeckinger Foundation is implemented the Caring for the Caregiver Program.