Beyond Traditional Walls: GMC Faith Community Nursing

It’s Pastoral Care Week, and one of the ways Gwinnett Medical Center provides pastoral care is through our Faith Community Nursing program. 

Begun in 1994, Gwinnett Medical Center’s Faith Community Nursing department works to enhance wellness for the people of Gwinnett County and beyond. Generally, Faith Community nurses work within specific congregations, but here are a few who work in nontraditional settings:

Stone Mountain Park
Health Advocate Nurse Vicki Parker has an office with a train, a sky lift, 3,300 acres and a mountain top view. Her pedometer measures more than 10,000 steps each day as she visits her patients where they work, at Stone Mountain Park. According to Parker, she’s “building a team of people focusing on better health--physically, mentally and spiritually.” She provides health education and connects employees with programs and services in the community. But most importantly, she listens and encourages. “Because they know I care,” she adds, “employees are willing to share their health concerns and to work towards a solution.”

Norcross Community Ministries
Donna Galucki is faith community nurse for the Norcross Community Ministries, a cooperative of many churches who represent some 25,000 folks.  Working with grant funds and support from member congregations, the cooperative has the goal to minister to 20 families in crisis due to homelessness and unemployment/underemployment.  Through referrals from the case manager, Galucki works alongside the cooperative to help return these families to independent living and sustainable lifestyles.

Methodist Church Clergy
Faith Community Nurse Mary Lawder ministers to 90 clergy and their families the Atlanta Roswell District of the United Methodist Church in North Atlanta. Lawder acts as personal health counselor, health educator and referral agent across this wide geographic region, focusing on long-term relationships.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
Registered nurses receive training to become faith community nurses through completion of a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course. Gwinnett Medical Center offers this course twice yearly, and it is open to any registered nurse in the region. Classes are held at GMC over the course of two weekends, plus an optional third day.

If you’d like to learn more about GMC’s Faith Community Nursing department or the Foundations course, visit


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