Greetings for the New Year to all Georgia Faith Community Nurses
Usually at this time of year, I am asking in wide-eyed amazement, “Can you believe it is a new year?” but somehow this year, I think I am ready. There seems to be an excitement in the air as we turn the page of the calendar and I don’t think that it is just me.
I know that I am excited about the future of Faith Community Nursing ~ especially in Georgia. Our Association is growing stronger every day. New FCNs are joining as they complete the Foundations course and experienced FCNs, moving here from other states, are getting involved. That is great news because we have something for everyone.
The GFCNA Board of Directors will be meeting soon for its winter board retreat. A significant part of this year’s agenda will be focused on developing position descriptions (responsibilities, tasks, etc.) for key leadership positions including Officers, Directors and Committee leaders. The position descriptions will be shared with the Nominating Committee as they begin work in February identifying a slate of candidates for the Fall 2015 elections. Look for these position descriptions on the website and consider how you could become involved in the future of GFCNA.
Quarterly meetings will be held in April near Rome, hosted by Board Director Tim Adams and in July near Savannah, hosted by Board Director Linda Argo Green. Information will be forth coming but if you are available to help Tim and Linda coordinate these meetings, please let them know.
The Spiritual Retreat is scheduled again this year at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers Ga. on Monday May 4, 2015. The title and focus is Strength for Today/Bright Hope for Tomorrow. Mary Cooper, the Director of Spiritual Development and the Spiritual Development Committee will be sharing details soon so please mark your calendars to attend and let Mary know if you can help make this day a special time for everyone.
I know it is just barely January, but it takes a lot of planning to coordinate the Fall Faith Health Seminar and Annual Membership Meeting. The Education Committee is interested in your recommendations for topics and speakers. As a FCN in the state of Georgia, what are you wondering about? What do you want to know to help you with your ministry? What great speaker have you heard or heard about? Let us know by forwarding your recommendations to Kathy Parrish, GFCNA Secretary.
As Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 1:4, I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you and I pray that you will be richly blessed in 2015 as you fulfill your nursing ministry calling.
Debbie Huckaby M-Div, MAT, MBA, RN FCN
President, Georgia Faith Community Nurses Association
The Georgia Faith Community Nurses Association (GFCNA) is dedicated to preserve, support and advance the professional practice of faith community nursing in Georgia.GFCNA seeks to offer interested registered nurses opportunities to come together to pray, witness, support, learn, and share practice ideas in faith communities and to nurture personal spiritual development
Georgia Faith Community Nurses Association is committed to help Health Ministry programs in Georgia to:
Assessment for initiating or continuing a Faith Community Nursing practice
Resource Center Library
Discounts for members on educational offerings & conferences
Guidance and support for the nurse through a mentoring network
Networking meetings for nurses that provide a sharing of information and best practices
Support forums for professional speakers & discussion
Communication materials offering: to Up-to-date faith based nursing practice
Meetings, retreats, networking opportunities
Educational programs & materials for nurses, volunteers, clients/families, clergy and the general public
GFCNA is committed to bring together faith community nurses and those associated with Health Ministry throughout the Georgia; providing an association that will support, provide resources for, and continuing education to maintain the professional standards of registered nurses who serve their congregations and communities, by promoting care of the body, mind and spirit for healing and wellness. GFCNA, inspired by God’s love for all, serves people in need, advocates for justice, and collaborates with others to build just, compassionate communities.