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Oregon Center for Nursing Conference provides great networking opportunities!

Oregon Center for Nursing Conference provides great networking opportunities!

The Faith Community Health Network’s attendance at the recent Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) Conference hosted at RiverBend in Springfield, OR provided spectacular opportunities for networking and collaboration. There were approximately 130 attendees at the two-day conference, April 25-26, 2024. As the “Bag Sponsor,” the FCHN logo was on the conference bag issued to all attendees and we were able to put informational items in each bag. We also had an exhibit at the conference, and Marcy Shanks and Deb Fell-Carlson delivered a talk entitled “Using Collaborative Partnerships to Build a Nursing Network for Faith Community Nursing Engagement.” Many who stopped by our booth were unaware of faith community nursing and the team had rich opportunities to share about the importance of faith community nursing to the health of all Oregonians.

Oregon Center for Nursing Conference provides great networking opportunities!

Left to right, back row: Tiffany Wadlow, FCN, Southside Christian Church (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Director of Engagement, Marcy Shanks, FCN, New Hope Church (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Ethics Officer, Deb Fell-Carlson, FCN, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Executive Director, Kiersten Erickson, CHW/Health Minister, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Health Minister Voice

Front row, left to right: Tawni Pfaff, FCN, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Education and Event Coordinator, and Susie Freeman, Health Minister, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR).

Oregon Center for Nursing Conference provides great networking opportunities!

Left to right: Tiffany Wadlow, FCN, Southside Christian Church (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Director of Engagement, Kiersten Erickson, CHW/Health Minister, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Health Minister Voice, Marcy Shanks, FCN, New Hope Church (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Ethics Officer, and Deb Fell-Carlson, FCN, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Executive Director

FCHN Display at OCN Conference

FCHN Display at OCN Conference

Oregon Center for Nursing Conference provides great networking opportunities!

Left to right: Deb Fell-Carlson, Kate Whalen, Marcy Shanks, and Jana Bitton, OCN Executive Director

The FCHN held a drawing for a free scholarship which was awarded to Kate Whalen, DNP, Associate Professor of Practice, Nursing/Portland ABSN Director Concordia University-St. Paul. We look forward – to having Kate in our class this fall!

Also in attendance but not pictured: Linda Tedisch, FCN, Immanuel Lutheran Church (Albany, OR) and FCHN Vice-President, Kimberlee Sorci, CHW, Am HaSefer – People of the Book (Lebanon, OR) and FCHN Outreach Volunteer, Louise Glenn, Health Minister, North Albany Community Church (Albany, OR).

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