Courageous Conversations with Sister Mary Diana Dreger, MD

If you are in Nashville this Saturday, consider participating in this the C3 conference focus on medicine.

Saturday, March 8 – Only $25

9:00am Keynote Presentation, Sr. Mary Diana Dreger

10:00am Courageous Conversations: Your choice!

1. How Shall We Reach Them? Health Care Access for the Poor and Immigrants.

Facilitated by Dr. Morgan Wills and Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, MD

2. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Ethics and Urgencies of Invitro-Fertilization.

Facilitated by Dr. D. Joy Riley

3. Christ the Physician: The Physician/Nurse-Patient Relationship and Patient-Centered Care.

Facilitated by Dr. John Leonard and Dr. Wes Ely


10:50am Courageous Conversations: Your choice!

1. When Helping Hurts: Can We Do Global Health Wisely?

Facilitated by Dr. Doug Heimberger

2. Living v. Flourishing: Medicine and the Whole Person

Facilitated by Dr. Morgan Wills and Dr. Wes Ely

3. I Will Rise Again: Seeking Abundant Life in the Face of Death

Facilitated by Dr. John Shuster and Dr. D. Joy Riley

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Parish Nursing

Siloam has historically been committed to Whole-Person Care—addressing not just the physical, but also the social, psychological, and spiritual determinants of health in our patients.  As our community health outreaches have confirmed, one of the most effective ways to do this is at the level of the local congregation.  This week’s commentary is from guest blogger, Heather Wills, who serves as Faith Community Nurse at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church here in Nashville.

Throughout Scripture, God calls people of faith to ministries of healing.  Faith Community Nurses (FCN’s) Nicole Kanswer that call by serving their congregations and promoting wholistic health of mind, body and spirit.  This tradition – also known historically as “parish nursing” – was established as a sub-specialty nursing practice in the 1980’s by Granger Westburg.  He realized that nurses – who are trained with one foot in the sciences and the other in the humanities – are uniquely suited to bridge the gap between faith and health.

Faith Community Nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association and has its own Scope and Standards of Practice.  Here in Middle Tennessee FCN’s gather for monthly meetings that offer educational programs on a variety of topics that address the unique focus of Faith Community Nursing.  Together FCN’s share resources, experiences and practical information.  Healthy congregations have the potential to transform the health of Middle Tennessee, and Faith Community Nurses are on the front line!

Click here to learn more about how you can participate with a national movement of Faith Community Nurses.

Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville offers a 34 hour, 32 CEU course that provides experienced RN’s with knowledge, tools and resources they need to function effectively in the unique role of an FCN.  Even full time nurses in hospital, office or community settings can benefit from this additional, complementary training.  Visit www.STHEALTH.COM/FCN for more details about this specialty practice!  The next course will be offered March 14, 15, 28 and 29th of 2014.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me (Heather Wills, Faith Community Nurse at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN) at

Wow, This is Real!

Madison Brown - CHI 2013 participantI can’t believe it was only two months ago that I first heard about CHI and now I am writing the first blog that marks the beginning of my journey.  Roughly two weeks ago, we had our first conference call and I got to talk to the amazing people who will be with me on this exciting (but nerve-racking) adventure.  I truly can’t wait to meet Jane, Claire, Caleb, and James.

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to share with my church about my summer plans in Nashville, Tennessee!  It couldn’t have gone any better.  I had so many people come up to me afterwards telling me that this is the perfect fit for me.  It was an enormous  confirmation that this is where God wants me to be this summer.

Trust in God and fear Nothing!