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HMA January Eblast 2016


The civil calendar has rolled around to yet another year.  Here are two intentions for this year-long gift:
  • Peace/Shalom/Salaam on earth.  News headlines keep trying to convince us that peace isn’t going to happen.  Our hearts, on the contrary, yearn for peace, health, wholeness within ourselves and with each other. 
  • Peace/Shalom/Salaam with Earth.  Our health depends on the well-being of our beautiful planet home.  Our souls are nourished by the natural beauty and the Creator which prompts it to continue emerging.
Our religious calendars immerse us in a rhythm of prayer, worship, self-examination, action; of joy, peace, hope, love.  The riches of our faith traditions strengthen us to live as light-bearers.  So we refuse to accept that violence in any form, poverty, disease, hopelessness has the last word—Peace on Earth.  So we find positive signs in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si and in the recent UN conference on climate change—Peace with Earth. 
May 2016 be filled with our prayers—the prayers of our hearts, our words, our actions—for peace/shalom/salaam.
Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
Interfaith Community Services, Tucson, AZ

HMA Director for Spiritual Leadership
Coming up in 2016

A new year is indeed upon us, and we at HMA have many great projects underway that will be further announced in the coming months.

Just to give you an idea, here is a sample of the exciting things to come in 2016!

Expansion of the Group Membership policy

Launch of the Faith Community Nurse Society

The 2016 Annual HMA Conference and Meeting in Chandler, AZ

Revisions to the Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing will be completed and published in the fall

Revisions to the Health Minister Role: Guidelines and Foundational Curriculum Elements will be completed and published in the fall


Watch the upcoming HMA monthly publications to learn more about each of these exciting developments!

2016 HMA Annual Meeting

and Conference

Journey to Wholeness –

Faith Leaders Meeting

Community Health Challenges

Sept. 12 – 14, 2016
Crown Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Chandler, AZ

Call for Workshop/Poster Proposals

You are invited to submit a proposal for an Educational Workshop and/or Poster Presentation at the 2016 HMA Annual Conference September 12-14 in Chandler, Arizona (near Phoenix).

All proposals are to be submitted electronically.  Selected presenters will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Overall Conference Objectives:
  • Provide opportunity to network with health ministry and faith community nursing colleagues, program leaders, clergy, and community leaders from across the nation whose work occurs at the intersection of faith and health.
  • Examine how faith and collaboration motivate our journey to wholeness for vibrant faith communities, healthy local communities, a peaceful human community, and a thriving Earth community.
  • Showcase unique approaches of collaborative partnerships that have positively impacted the health needs and outcomes of communities.

Visit the appropriate page to see more information and submit soon!

All proposals are to be submitted electronically by February 26, 2016.


My Certification Journey

Angela Sheehan, MS, RN-BC, CNS, PMHNP-BC
HMA Director for Practice and Education

October 12th, 2015, sitting on a large open porch in Florida while attending a Faith Community Nursing Retreat for Trinity Health, I submitted my portfolio to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  I had just arrived for a two and a half day retreat and accompanied by my dear friend and colleague Debbie Rivard. After showing her my portfolio, she encouraged me to recognize that it was complete and hit send, but not without a prayer first! Debbie had just submitted her portfolio a few weeks earlier and was waiting to hear of her acceptance. Together we forged on ahead. Now all we had to do was wait!

Since the ANCC notified HMA of the launch of certification for Faith Community Nursing through a portfolio process, I watched and was amazed at everyone who had already taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity. I also wondered if I could ever achieve this cherished certification. Through attending HMA & Westberg conferences, I slowly began thinking about the possibility and built my confidence to start the process. Everything that was presented at the conferences was true, and there were many people to give help along the way.

The first thing I did was to familiarize myself with the ANCC Certification Center webpage.  The second was to print the Content Outline provided. I then applied by filling out the application form on the website. After that, the rest was relatively easy. It is a step by step process; as soon as one section is complete it brings you to the next and so on until all the sections are done. Compiling the information to include was a bit of a challenge; luckily I had much of it at my disposal. So it was simply a matter of filling in the blanks.

Another piece is the exemplar. This is where you get to write either a case study or a broader inclusion of activities done making the biggest impact. Either way is acceptable. I chose a case study where I could show the impact of a Faith Community Nursing Practice revolutionizing healthcare.

The only area where I had considerable apprehension was supplying the data for the CV as I did not feel the explanation of what was expected was very clear. It turns out that this area is where you can provide all the things you have accomplished that were not submitted in the previous sections. These sections are pretty well defined, not leaving a lot of room for all the wonderful things we do above and beyond.  Once I was clear on what was expected by asking colleagues, (i.e. Debbie Rivard), it was again easy to fill in.

One more thing worth mentioning. Once you submit the portfolio, it has to be accepted as complete. This takes two weeks. It then goes to a reviewer who judges whether you qualify for certification. This is done within a week.  That’s it!

I received confirmation of passing the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks is what I did!!

ANCC Certification Through Portfolio

Video Tutorial Now Available!


The American Nurses Credentialing Center is pleased to announce their new Certification Through Portfolio video tutorial is now available on YouTube.

Check it out today to learn more about the portfolio process to achieve board certification without an exam!  Use this quick link:

You can also visit ANCC's website to find out more information and/or begin the portfolio process.

RWJF Culture of Health Study:

Upcoming Feedback/Results Webinars

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be reporting results/feedback from their Health Study Project that took place summer of 2015.  They will show overall data from all the professions that participated. Please feel free to share this information with others representing your organization.
They hope that you will join them to view the results and provide them with additional feedback about what interesting or new information you see in these findings, as well as how you might be able to use this information in your own professional and organizational activities.
They have scheduled four (4) webinars at the times below.  You can sign up for a results webinar right from this email.  Please register for a date by clicking the link. Please be prepared to use both a computer to view the webinar and a telephone to access the audio and participate in the discussion.
In case anyone experiences technical issues with the webinar system, a separate conference call line will be used. Please join the call and let them know if you are experiencing technical issues so they may assist you.  
Please contact the Project Manager, Jessica Gosa, at with any questions.  

Also In This Issue:
  • Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar -  Step It Up: Moving from Intention to Intervention, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 2 - 3:00 pm ET.  The January 2016 NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar examines the evidence underlying walking and chronic disease prevention and what successful communities have learned about working across sectors to create a culture of health.  To read more on this seminar and to register visit here.
  • Jan. 5th Press Release from the CDC - E-cigarette ads reach nearly 7 in 10 middle and high-school students: More than 18 million youth see e-cigarette ads; many ads use themes from cigarette ads that appeal to youth. Read release now!
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