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 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

Westberg Institute

SCA has partnered with the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing to Offer the following Certificate and Certification programs in Spiritual Care

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  1. Spiritual Care Generalist Certificate
  2. Credentialing
  3. Board Certification

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Module 1- "Introduction to Leadership & Coordination"

This module introduces the participant to the specific roles of the professional as a leader of faith community nurses and/or health ministers. The material addresses the expectations of the coordinator as the supervisor, supporter and sustainer of faith community nurse programs, whether as a network, a segment of a larger institution, or a leader of health ministers in a large faith community. It incorporates information for the coordinator on leadership skills, professional expectations, and staff support strategies.

CE hours: Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours

Cost: $45 for those seeking CNE; $35 for those not seeking CNE
Live Webinar

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Module 2- "Spiritual Leadership"

This interactive webinar assists the participant to distinguish multiple aspects of providing spiritual care to nurses practicing in diverse settings and faith traditions with the goal of promoting wholistic health for faith community nurses as caregivers. Cultural competency, partnering with chaplains, clergy, other spiritual care providers and spiritual care organizations, along with spiritual assessment as part of the coordinators role to provide Intentional care of the spirit for faith community nurses is included.

Outcome - By attending this webinar participants will be able to self-report an increased understanding and proficiency with spiritual care aspects of faith community/parish nurse spiritual care from a leadership perspective.

CE hours: Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours

Cost: $45 for those seeking CNE; $35 for those not seeking CNE
Live Webinar

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Modules 3 through 8 Coming Soon.