Nursing Division

The Nursing Division of the Spiritual Care Association focuses on the spiritual dimension of professional nursing practice including registered nurses, advanced practice and specialty practice nurses from a wide variety of hospital and non-hospital-based settings.

The Nursing Division of the Spiritual Care Association supports the advancement of the spiritual care component of nursing practice as an integral aspect of high-quality whole person care for all including the professional providing the care.


Our mission is to support best-practice nursing spiritual care and self-care through education, mentoring, and resources for nursing professionals and nursing-related organizations.



  1. All nurses will have access to high quality, practical spiritual care information.
  2. Nurses specializing in spiritual care as a component of whole-person care will be recognized for their expertise.
  3. Nursing-related organizations will work in partnership with SCA to improve health outcomes and support the health of professional care providers.


Why Join?

If you are a nurse interested in incorporating spiritual care into your practice, the Nursing Division of the Spiritual Care Association is perfect for you.

Advance your career! Learn about the specialty practice of faith community nursing and spiritual care aspects of professional nursing through resources, courses, and presentations from national & international experts. As you develop knowledge of spiritual care and strengthen your understanding of other faiths and cultures, you will also start to discover your inner self as you strengthen your personal spirituality. As a member of the Nursing Division of SCA, you will discover opportunities to find fellowship with nursing colleagues and other allied health professions such as social workers and chaplains, work with a mentor or become a mentor to increase your confidence as a healthcare provider assisting hospitals and other healthcare organizations to integrate spiritual care back into health. Be a force in moving high-quality healthcare forward and support the future of nursing practice that improves outcomes by including steps to honor beliefs and aspects of faith that influence healthcare decisions for all faiths and perceptions of spirituality. You have a voice!


Benefits of membership include:

  • Belong to a supportive professional community that welcomes both novice and seasoned nurses
  • Access to current best-practice standards of spiritual care for those of all faiths and no faith preference. Be notified of new research publications related to spiritual care and the specialty practice of faith community nursing
  • Discounted price for online professional educational courses
  • Three free Spiritual Care Grand Round Webinars annually with CNE credit
  • Discounted registration for the Annual Westberg Symposium at the Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference
  • Free electronic subscription to the Journal of HealthCare Chaplaincy
  • Free subscription to Perspectives Newsletter
  • Free subscription to the Caring for the Human Spirit® Magazine
  • Free Spiritual Care Tip of the Day emailed to you
  • Free newsletters
  • Membership directory and networking opportunities
  • Access to archived webinars and articles related to nursing & spiritual care
  • Faith community nurse practice information and mentoring
  • Faith Community Nurse leadership development
  • Opportunities to present at the national level and/or publish an article or be featured in our nursing spotlight column
  • Expand your professional value by adding a chaplain certification to your portfolio
  • Access to nursing expert
  • SCA Membership card will be mailed to you

How to Join?

To become a member, click the "Join now" button below. Membership is $95 annually and it includes all the member benefits listed above. During the registration process, select the “Professional – Nurse Membership” to be added to the Nursing Division of SCA.

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Click here to download our Nursing Division brochure.


Sharon Hinton
Sharon T. Hinton D. Min, MSN, BSN, RN-BC
Director of Nursing Division
T: 212-644-1111 x107
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Education and Training Program for Nurses

SCA has partnered with the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing to offer the following professional education opportunities for nurses.

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Faith Community Nurses

Do you need a tool to introduce the specialty practice of faith community nursing to your faith community? Would you like to know more about faith community nursing and how health ministry works in communities of faith? Then this short webinar created by experts is for you! Faith Community Nurses: A Short Discussion for Faith Communities about the Benefits Health Ministry Provides is a short nine-minute presentation that describes the role of faith community nurses and the benefits they bring to communities of faith. This webinar is free and we encourage you to share this educational resource with other nurses and communities of faith. A downloadable handout is also available for your use.



Chaplaincy Certification

Become a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC), Credentialed Chaplain (CC), or earn your Spiritual Care Generalist Certificate. This is a program for all Westberg affiliates. SCA provides all the education, training and tools.

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Become an FCN Coordinator

Become an FCN Coordinator

Become a Faith Community Nurse Coordinator by completing the online Leadership and Coordination Webinar Series. This 8-module series will prepare FCNs for Coordinator roles. Successful participants earn the FCN Coordinator Certificate and pin. FCN Coordinators will be listed as a Westberg Institute Affiliate FCN Coordinator. Continuing Nursing Education (CNEs) contact hours provided.

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Educator Webinar Series


Based on the 2019 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course created by the Westberg Institute, this interactive webinar is for new and experienced lead faculty, additional educators affiliated with an educational partner organization and others interested in becoming educators. By completing the webinar, participants will be better prepared to plan, market, conduct, and evaluate their course offerings according to best-practice standards.

By completing the four hour Educational Partner Lead Faculty Course and Update and the four, one-hour supplemental webinars, successful participants will earn the FCN Educator certificate.

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Foundations of Faith Community Nursing:
Educators’ Course

The 4-hour Educators’ Course is a webinar for faculty identified by educational partner organizations that have contracted with the Westberg Institute to provide the 2019 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course.

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Westberg Symposium

Starting in 2020, the Westberg Symposium, the premier gathering and networking event for faith community nurses from across the globe, will be hosted at the Annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference.

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Spiritual Care Learing Center

The SCA Online Learning Center offers nurses interested in strengthening their spiritual care training curriculum that is based on standardized, evidence-based scope of practice and evidence-based quality indicators developed by interdisciplinary panels of experts. These courses are self-guided and can be completed at your own pace. Continuing Nursing Education contact hours are provided in partnership with the Westberg Institute. The Westberg Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider # 018071520.

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Perspectives is a publication of the Spiritual Care Association’s Nursing Division, in partnership with the Westberg Institute for faith community nurses. It features research news, educational articles and practical stories about the difference faith community nurses make. Perspectives is published twice annually and is a free benefit exclusively available to SCA members.

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