This integrative 15 credit graduate certificate prepares individuals to serve as faith-informed nursing professionals in their communities. The certificate includes training in faith community nursing, trauma-informed care, pastoral counseling, and spiritual formation. Certificate completers are eligible for certification as a Faith Community Nurse through EMU's curricular partnership with the Westburg Institute for Faith Community Nursing.
FS 501: Formation in God’s Story I (3 Credits)
Formation in God’s Story is the first in a series of formation classes, each of which offers a different focus as students attend to their personal, spiritual, and ministry formation while in seminary. This basic course, which stretches across the seminary year, provides time and space for students to pay prayerful attention to their formational journey through listening to their life narrative from birth until the present. Along with this story-listening, they will also locate their personal story in the larger story of God as recorded in scripture. Through reading, meditation, and biblical story-telling, they will internalize the flow of God’s salvation story and attend to how God’s story speaks to their own.
Students will also engage in the practice of spiritual disciplines and attend to their spiritual formation in the context of God’s story. They will develop a rhythm and rule of life that can bring a sense of wholeness and balance to the various parts of their life. Interwoven with these practices, they will also discern and reflect on God’s presence and action in their life, meeting in guided small group sessions for listening and soul care. In keeping with EMS's holistic approach to formation, students will develop graduate-level academic reading, writing and research skills through a series of assignments related to the content of this course.
NURS 591: Advanced Faith Community Nursing (3 credits)
This on-line course explores the personal and professional dimensions of spirituality and the process of developing a nurse ministry within a community of faith. The curriculum follows the guidelines recommended by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center and distributed by the Church Health Center. This course is based on the accepted philosophy and practice of Faith Community Nursing/Parish Nursing and examines the roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions. As a Faith Community Nurse, critical thinking skills are a necessary component of your ministry. Many of the activities are designed to further develop critical thinking skills as students explore the practice of nursing in the faith community and their ministry. Successful transition into the role of a faith community nurse will be fostered through faculty and peer coaching and support.
FS 501: Formation in God’s Story II (3 credits)
In this second semester of Formation in God’s Story students will continue their work of attending to their personal, spiritual, and ministry formation as they pay prayerful attention to their formational journey through listening to their life narrative, and locating their personal story in the larger picture of God’s story as recorded in scripture – more specifically the New Testament narrative. Through reading, prayerful reflection, and biblical story-listening, they will internalize the flow of God’s salvation story and attend to how God’s story speaks to their own life story.
Students will also continue to practice spiritual disciplines, attend to their spiritual formation in the context of God’s Story, attend to their rhythm and rule of life, discern and reflect on God’s presence and action in their life, and continue to meet in guided small group sessions for listening and soul care. This semester they will also pair up and meet regularly with a spiritual friend. Guidance will be offered as students discern the vocational goals that give shape to their learning process and selection of a ministry track for their seminary studies.
SMCL 611: Pastoral Care (3 credits)
A critical reflection on what it means to be a caregiver in the ministry of the church and broader community. Among the issues examined are the assumptions one brings to caregiving, the relationship between caregiving and counseling, and various models for pastoral care and counseling. Specific pastoral care events such as births, weddings and funerals are also explored. Professional and ethical issues related to caregiving and counseling are introduced. There will be a brief introduction of basic counseling skills.
TRHS 621: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Healthcare Providers (3 credits)
Many clients in the clinic setting, in all genres of care may have, or may be, experiencing traumatic events. This can can profoundly influence their client’s health and well-being and response to care. The nurse may be unaware of the specific traumatic events impacting each client in the clinical setting and may, without knowledge and discernment, exacerbate the impacts of trauma. Traumatic events may cause a client to respond to therapy and care in ways that are more destructive than healing. When the nurse is well trained to identify signs of trauma, the nurse can initiate a careplan that provides the client with tools for resilience. This course will provide strategies to intervene in trauma-informed and restorative way for healthcare providers, co-workers, and clients. Organizational environments that offer healing and restoration will be explored.
$610 - (per credit hour) and the 1st cohort starting in the Fall of 2021 will receive a 20% discount. $75 tech fee per term. More tuition information here.
For continuing education units (contact hours) or credit:
- Current, active RN license
- Nursing experience
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