Faith Community Nurses are licensed, registered nurses who practice wholistic health for self, individuals, and the community using nursing knowledge combined with spiritual care. They function in paid and unpaid positions as pastoral team members in various religious faiths, cultures, and countries. Their work focuses on the intentional care of the spirit; helping individuals and faith-based organizations integrate the spiritual dimension into wholistic health  and maintain and/or regain wholeness in mind, body, and spirit (Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, 2022 & CAPNM, 2021).


Membership is $30 for RN’s and NP’s, and free for undergraduate nursing students. Sign up here.

The Faith Community Nursing Interest Group (FCNIG)

FCNIG is one of several interest groups of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) that act as the voice and forum for specialized areas of the nursing profession. FCNIG supports and encourages Faith Community Nurses in wholistic practices and exists:

  • To provide a forum for communication and exchange of ideas
  • To promote awareness of the roles of Faith Community Nurses and serve as a liaison with RNAO, CNA, and other groups in promoting certification of Faith Community Nurses.
  • To provide professional support to Faith Community Nurses.
  • To encourage the formation of liaison groups throughout Ontario.
  • To support the implementation of standards of practice for Faith Community Nursing
  • To encourage the participation of Faith Community Nurses in education and research.
  • To ascertain the feasibility of the FCNIG being a corporate group member in the Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry-CAPNM-the standardizing body.