The average hourly rate for a Registered Nurse is $27-32 per hour. If this is to be a voluntary role the minimum cost to the church would be:
In our experience the nurse very often is called by God to this ministry, this can be in volunteer or paid role.
The FCN is a registered nurse with a current practicing certificate; she/he needs to be mature in both nursing and spiritual life. Any nursing background can work, although a knowledge of the community is helpful. As well as an annual practicing certificate, the nurse needs to take faith community nurse training.
The nurse should be a committed Christian and a regular attendee at a church. The theology of the nurse is personal so any theological training and support is the responsibility of the recruiting church
This is to be decided between the nurse and the church, however often it will be a minimum of one day per week, it could be a full time role but this is not likely unless the role is paid. The more hours the more is the nurse’s effectiveness.
The registered nurse would not practice outside of their scope of practice, and is responsible for ongoing professional development; the nurse will seek out training in both the medical and spiritual sphere. Ongoing training can be obtained through Nursing Professional development, NZFCNA and their own denomination. A FCN would use a referral system for any client where more in depth help was needed whether in the spiritual or medical sphere.
The Registered Nurse is responsible for their own practice, and is regulated by Nursing Council of New Zealand. The nurse and the church are responsible for ensuring that those accepting this ministry are aware of their rights as listed by the Health and Disability Commissioner It is also recommended that a FCN has both a spiritual and clinical supervisor.
After a period of preparation by the church and the nurse, it is suggested that there be a service of commissioning. This process identifies the nurse becoming part of the ministry team.
An annual review between the church leadership and the nurse is strongly recommended; both have the opportunity to contribute to this review. An annual report to the whole faith community is also recommended.
This could be through any faith community, for example a school or a mission society. The Catholics often employ someone in a FCN role to look after their retired nuns and clergy. Also a group of churches could use a FCN in their local community.