The New Zealand Community Nurses Association is a professional nursing association developed to support nurses practising in Christian faith communities. It is an ecumenical organisation, focusing its work in the Christian community in New Zealand . However, most community nurses will also work with people of other faiths, or of no faith. NZCNA membership is aimed at nurses, but is open to any person with an interest in health ministry and pastoral care in the faith community.
NZCNA VISION STATEMENT
Enabling faith community nurses to care for body, mind and spirit, thus nurturing the individual’s growth toward wholeness.
NZCNA commenced in 2003 to:
Provide the community with a quality ministry that meets the physical, mental and spiritual needs of individuals and families, facilitating growth toward wholeness, developing understanding of the relationship between faith and health, and providing support within the context of a caring faith community.
Provide the faith community with consultancy, resources and education to enable them to commence, nurture and sustain viable health ministries.
Provide nurses working in faith communities with support, information, education, resources, professional standards and networking opportunities.
Provide a professional network for political action and lobbying on behalf of faith community nurses with other health professions, business, government, media, churches and the community.
Provide promotion and publicity of the faith community nurse role.
NZCNA PROVIDES MEMBERS WITH:
three day ‘Introductory Course’
peer network groups
continuing education resources
a resource manual
The logo of the New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association is similar to the symbol of the Holy Trinity used in the Early Christian Church sometimes called a Celtic knot. The three points represent the three aspects of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit but are all intertwined and present as three in one.
In this logo the points are produced by interlocking hands coloured red to represent the blood shed by Christ upon the cross and the traditional use of blue for healing.
The hands are those of the nurse being used practically to touch as in holding a hand in support; to massage or to provide practical care. The hands are also held in prayer to seek God’s healing and may be used in the “laying on of hands” as a sacrament. They are the hands, which receive the elements of bread and wine when Christ’s redemptive work is remembered and celebrated. They are the hands held together with others in Christian fellowship.
The three points also remind us of our work together in Christian healing. One point represents the client who seeks our support and the wholeness of God. The second point is God himself, the ultimate source of all healing and the third point is that of the parish nurse or faith community nurse who together with the faith community seeks to provide spiritual, emotional and physical health for a person.