Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a nursing specialty and ANA recognizes The Health Ministries Association (HMA) as the professional specialty organization for this group. This area of nursing practice is guided by the Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, a joint document of HMA and ANA. This independent, professional nursing practice has emphasized health promotion and advocacy in the context of faith communities and intentional focus on spiritual aspects of care.
Healthcare systems and universities in North Carolina have been national leaders in Faith Community Nursing. Over the past 15 years, the number of nurses in NC prepared in this specialty has grown. Some are affiliated with healthcare systems while other FCNs are independently employed by faith communities.