Harris Methodist Fort Worth Faith Community Nursing Expands to Muslim Congregation|
FORT WORTH, Texas – Caring for individuals - mind, body and spirit - is what Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital has successfully done through its faith community nursing program since its inception in 2002. Serving 33 churches with 67 nurse volunteers, the program has touched more than 25,000 families in the community.
On July 8, the program expanded its reach beyond the Christian community to embrace the Dar el Eman Islamic Center, located in south Arlington.
“This was a historical day for our faith community nursing program and for our hospital,” said Paulette Golden, manager of community health and the faith community nursing program at HMFW. “There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm at the Islamic Center as well as at the hospital about the new covenant relationship that has been formed and how the program will benefit the members of the Muslim congregation.”
Dar el Eman Islamic Center has designated three active members of the mosque to serve as faith community nurses. These nurses will care for more than 2,000 members and will focus primarily on a congregational health needs assessment, as well as CPR training for adults and hand hygiene classes for children. Harris is also working with these nurses to plan the center’s first health fair, scheduled for this fall.
“It has taken five years for us to get a non-Christian faith community involved, and it is our hope that many other faith communities will follow Dar el Eman,” Golden said. “The mission of our faith community nursing program is to integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing, ultimately to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
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