Congregational Health Nursing (CHN) is a "unique specialized practice of professional nursing which focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, belief and practice of a faith community."

ALCO offers CHN training in partnership with the Mississippi College of Nursing in Clinton, MS, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, and Baptist Health Systems, Inc. The course is based on the endorsed curriculum for parish nurse education published by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. The parish nurse's role is health-promotion, risk-reduction and disease-prevention while focusing on the care of the whole person -- holding the spiritual dimensions to be central to the practice. 

CHN Training Objectives

Once you have completed your CHN training, you will:

  • Describe the integration of faith and health as central to the congregational health nurse's role.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, attitude and skills to practice as a beginning CHN.
  • Value an intercollegial peer system of support.
  • Identify a network for continuing development and support.

Each course is limited to 30 participants. A cost of $650 for the total course includes: course fee, breakfast, lunch and snacks, double occupancy lodging, course materials, continuing education certificates, course certificate and CHN pin. Evening meals are not included. Return the application form with a $50 (nonrefundable) deposit or the total amount of $650 when applying. 
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