Journal of Nursing Education

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Partnerships Between Nursing Education and Faith Communities: Benefits and Challenges

Nancy Otterness, MS, RN; Pamela Gehrke, MS, RN; India M. Sener, MS, RN

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Partnerships between schools of nursing and faith communities can have positive outcomes for both groups. In this article, the authors describe the benefits and challenges experienced by faculty and senior nursing students during clinical experiences with parish nurses and faith communities during a 10-year period. Connecting students to parish nursing programs is one way to teach them about population-focused practice and help them see nursing as being wherever people live, work, play, and pray.

AUTHORS

Received: November 3, 2004

Accepted: November 11, 2005

Ms. Otterness and Ms. Gehrke are Associate Professors, and at the time this article was written, Ms. Sener was Adjunct Professor, Boise State University, Department of Nursing, Boise, Idaho.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the many parish nurses and congregations who have welcomed students and faculty into their faith communities.

Address correspondence to Nancy Otterness, MS, RN, Associate Professor, Boise State University, Department of Nursing, 1910 University Drive, MS 1840, Boise, ID 83725-1840; e-mail: nottern@boisestate.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Partnerships between schools of nursing and faith communities can have positive outcomes for both groups. In this article, the authors describe the benefits and challenges experienced by faculty and senior nursing students during clinical experiences with parish nurses and faith communities during a 10-year period. Connecting students to parish nursing programs is one way to teach them about population-focused practice and help them see nursing as being wherever people live, work, play, and pray.

AUTHORS

Received: November 3, 2004

Accepted: November 11, 2005

Ms. Otterness and Ms. Gehrke are Associate Professors, and at the time this article was written, Ms. Sener was Adjunct Professor, Boise State University, Department of Nursing, Boise, Idaho.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the many parish nurses and congregations who have welcomed students and faculty into their faith communities.

Address correspondence to Nancy Otterness, MS, RN, Associate Professor, Boise State University, Department of Nursing, 1910 University Drive, MS 1840, Boise, ID 83725-1840; e-mail: nottern@boisestate.edu.

ABSTRACT

Partnerships between schools of nursing and faith communities can have positive outcomes for both groups. In this article, the authors describe the benefits and challenges experienced by faculty and senior nursing students during clinical experiences with parish nurses and faith communities during a 10-year period. Connecting students to parish nursing programs is one way to teach them about population-focused practice and help them see nursing as being wherever people live, work, play, and pray.

AUTHORS

Received: November 3, 2004

Accepted: November 11, 2005

Ms. Otterness and Ms. Gehrke are Associate Professors, and at the time this article was written, Ms. Sener was Adjunct Professor, Boise State University, Department of Nursing, Boise, Idaho.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the many parish nurses and congregations who have welcomed students and faculty into their faith communities.

Address correspondence to Nancy Otterness, MS, RN, Associate Professor, Boise State University, Department of Nursing, 1910 University Drive, MS 1840, Boise, ID 83725-1840; e-mail: nottern@boisestate.edu.

10.3928/01484834-20070101-08

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