Two significant nursing landmark reports published in 2021 are enhancing standards and providing guidance for nursing education and practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials: Core Competencies of Professional Nursing Education (2021) provides a blueprint for educationally and experientially preparing nurses for practice. The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity report defines issues such as health disparities and inequities, with recommendations for the role nurses should play in making change to improve the health of the nation.
This paper seeks to explore the intersections of these two reports with the specialty of faith community nursing to illustrate how the education, role, and scope of faith community nurses (FCNs) aligns practice with these guidance documents. Examples from the literature include FCNs’ impact in the areas of preventing hospital readmission, extending access to healthcare, promoting health in high-risk communities, and palliative care ministry, each of which related to the AACN Essentials four spheres of care. The scope and standards of faith community nursing practice align with competency-based nursing education and the Future of Nursing imperatives.