Jacqueline Brown

Jacqui Brown  240x320 - CopyJacqueline has a varied nursing background spanning 20 years, mostly in primary health.  She works as Team Leader Clinical Governance Support for Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, and as a Volunteer Chaplaincy Assistant.Jacqueline is studying towards a Chaplaincy Masters at Otago University. Her aim is to become a "nurse chaplain", working in the area of health, combining her passions for writing, teaching, and pastoral ministry. Faith Community Nursing provides the perfect vehicle for this, and Jacqui is keen to help raise the profile of the amazing work that FCNs do in New Zealand.

Valma Bycroft

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 Valma Bycroft has been working as a FCN for about 8 years in a Presbyterian Church.Valma works with her Church sometimes reaching into the community with the blessing and support of the Church leadership team. Her work is voluntary but the Church has paid for her annual practicing certificate and membership of the College of Nurses, Aotearoa. She speaks at different meetings on topical health issues, provides health education information for the Church bulletin and the Church notice board when appropriate.Valma interacts with individuals, families, women's fellowship group and community groups. These include Victim Support, IHC and Positive Ageing. She is a member of Rotary and of Probus and is often called upon for first aid at meetings. Valma feels that it is important for nurses working in the community to keep first aid certificates up to date.She is included in the local Primary Health Team and is given very good support from nurses, GPs and also the local community hospital. Valma attends the rural health education sessions at her local hospital by video conference. The District Health Board keep her informed of seminars or courses and she attends those appropriate for her role.2014 has seen an increase in her workload (about 8-10 hours a week) and at times has been very challenging but rewarding. Valma has been very conscious of the Lord helping, guiding and strengthening her for this ministry.

Isabel Mordecai, Past Chairperson of Board

201409Isabel Mordecai - croppedI am a non- stipendiary Associate Priest at St John’s Anglican Church in Campbell’s Bay, Auckland where I have been the Parish Nurse until relinquishing the position earlier in 2014.   I recently started a new full time position with the Auckland Radiology Group in Auckland, as a Registered Nurse. I have been Auckland Regional Co-ordinator for N.Z. Faith Community Nursing for three years and have been on the N.Z. Faith Community Nurses Board for the last  two years.  During this past year, I have taken on the role of Deputy Chairperson.   I find working at the Board level interesting, and It is wonderful to be able to combine my passion for nursing with my Christian faith to serve others in this role.”

Elaine Tyrrell QSM, Founder of FCN in NZ

elaine-tyrrellElaine has been involved with parish nursing since 1998 when she set up a ministry at Nelson Cathedral, so becoming the first Anglican Parish Nurse in New Zealand.

She completed her basic FCN training in Adelaide with the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association (AFCNA) in 2000 and friendships were formed with Dr Anne van Loon (Director of Development of AFCNA) and Dr Merilyn Annells (then Chairperson of AFCNA) who subsequently supported the establishment of faith community nursing in New Zealand. Enquiries came from throughout New Zealand and from international visitors to Nelson such that there was a need to develop networking and training within the country.  Dr Anne van Loon has led several training courses within New Zealand – her first visit being to Christchurch in 2001 when NZAFCN was inaugurated and Elaine was invited on the Board.  NZFCNA in its present form was born in 2003 when Elaine became chairman.

In 2004, the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia recognised faith community nursing as a valid, important ministry within the church and supports its parishes in developing this outreach.  Elaine is the Parish Nurse Advisor within the Nelson Diocese.
Elaine’s husband, the Dean Emeritus, has not only supported this ministry but included it in his Masters dissertation.  In 2006, he received the QSO in the Queen’s birthday honours list in recognition of his service to the community including the development of parish nursing within New Zealand.

Elaine also works as a rehabilitation nurse in Nelson Hospital and her thesis for her Master in Health Science focussed on the perspective of older patients and their family members about the role of nursing in rehabilitation.

!n the Queen's birthday honours of 2016 Elaine was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in recognition of her work in founding Faith Community Nursding in NZ.

Diane Webster

diane-websterDiane was first introduced to Parish Nursing or Faith Community Nursing at the end of her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2001, when the inaugural conference was held in Christchurch 2001.

It was an exciting concept to her as it entwined her faith and nursing passion together. From working with Nurse Maude as a District Nurse, the concept didn’t leave her and she could see the potential of this scope of practice out in the community especially within the Church.

The second Parish Nursing conference was held in Nelson 2003 which Diane attended and confirmed the call to offer her services to the newly formed Association. Diane continued to work in the role as Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member and then accepted the invitation to work as the National Coordinator which includes guiding the Board and visiting FCNs throughout the country.  She has seen the Association through to its incorporated status, organised annual conferences in different venues and helped establish the NZFCNA website. Diane worked voluntarily in this role. In 2014 Diane stepped down from her role with the Association. We are very grateful for all that she has done for so long.

Shirley Allan, National Administrator

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“I trained as an Enrolled Nurse in Invercargill in 1979 and have worked here and overseas as a nurse and care worker off and on over the years. I have also worked in banking, as a legal secretary, a property manager, a trust account manager and in administration. I am currently self-employed and working as a gardener and enjoy being outside. Since arriving back in New Zealand nine years ago I have  joined the Catholic Church and enjoy the faith and support of our parish family.Over the last year with NZFCNA I have taken over as Editor of newsletter in addition to other administration roles and spearheaded grant applications”

Janet Hogan, Board Member

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"I have been a nurse for 38 years. As a teenager I went nursing because I believed if I could look after a person’s physical wellbeing, then I would be better prepared to look after another's spiritual wellbeing (and because everyone told me an 18 year old was too young to go into the ministry).  I am an active member of The Salvation Army and have a commitment to professional development, four papers to go to complete my Masters in Clinical Nursing.  I have also completed in recent years a Dip of Biblical Studies and a Foundation of Chaplaincy Certificate.I see FCN as a Health Chaplaincy role and when God gives me an opportunity to use my faith either in my work or community I see it as a real privilege."

Ane Masima, Parish Nurse and Practice Nurse: Tongan Health Society:

ane-masimaMy name is Ane Masima employed by the Tongan Health Society as a .7 Parish Nurse and .3 Practice Nurse. I work for a Tongan church known as the Tongan Wesleyan church named as Mo’unga ki he Loto. There are 28 families and a total of 158 parishioners.

I meet their needs by :-

-Home visit, identify and assist their needs.
-Take a mobile health clinic to the church once a week.(Mobile Van)
-Run an exercise group in the church hall once a week.
-Provide health education eg:- Quit smoking, Immunizations, Diabetes, etc.
-Demonstrate a healthy way of cooking our own Tongan food at the church camp.
-Referral to other Agencies and resources.
-Liaise with other Services.
-Partnership with the Steward’s wife in running a women prayer group.

I love to see the families of the Parishioners realise their own health needs and work hard to recover and live a better life.

Helen Vaughan, Chairperson of the Board


I found out about Faith Community Nursing through Kai Tiaki, about 2005 and contacted the Association. It was not then the right time for me to become involved but I received information about the ministry from NZFCNA. The right time came two years later when I attended my first conference in Auckland. My church, Holy Trinity Anglican church in Hamilton, was very supportive and over the next two years I set up a ministry. After being involved in the NZFCNA for two years I was appointed to the Board. Unfortunately my husband and I had to move from Hamilton as he was offered in job in Canberra, Australia. It was hard to leave the church and this ministry and unfortunately there was no one to take over from me. While in Canberra from 2010 to 2013 I joined the Australian FCNA (AFCNA) while maintaining my membership of the New Zealand Association. I had frequent trips back to New Zealand as our family all lived in NZ. I did not commence a ministry in Canberra as we were there for only a short time; however my enthusiasm for FCN continued and I did my best to promote the ministry wherever possible. I was appointed to the AFCNA Board in 2011 and served for two years  as the National Mentor. I  wrote the job description for this post and learnt as I went along what it entailed. I moved back to the Waikato at the end of 2013; and was reelected on to the Board of NZFCNA. I am now practising as a Faith Comuunity Nurse by organising community education through my church. I am very interested in the international aspect of Faith Community Nursing, we are part of a world wide family of Faith Community Nurses.

Phil Preece, FCN

I had no knowledge at all about Faith Community Nursing. I worked as a Registered Nurse in the rest home in Collingwood. A friend of mine travelled to Christchurch and spent some months working there. She attended St John's Latimer Square church and there met Ronnie who told my friend she had been to a Christian nurses conference. My friend told me as she was excited to have an organisation for Christian nurses. She gave me the contact number and then I got in touch with the National Coordinator of NZFCNA and requested information about faith community nursing. This all happened sometime in late 2009.

I was also really interested because it seemed like a FCN would fill a need in this large isolated community in Golden Bay, where I worked. So I mentioned it to my pastor. He was immediately very keen as he had heard of Parish nurses in the Diocese and said that it is what we need in our parish. He was also adamant that it must happen as a paid position in order to be able to devote sufficient time to it. He then took it upon himself to find a way to fund the position. He tried many avenues for funding – numerous community grants, grants for the elderly etc – then the funding became available through a trust fund within the Anglican Church.

I took about one year to finally access some funding and get it put in place. I had already for some time been informally working voluntarily in the community as well as my work at the rest home. I got hold of the training modules and completed them in October 2010. I also attended the conference in Wellington in Sept 2010. I began officially working as a Parish Nurse in Golden Bay in January 2011. I am now in my third year. It sounds like there will be funding available to continue this position after the three years' original allocation is complete. I work equally with the Anglican members and non church people in the community, mainly with the elderly.

Glenys Webster

glenys-websterAlan (my husband) was sent a Faith Community Nursing advertisement about a Conference in Christchurch 8 years ago when I was the Assistant Manager for Sarona Community (mental health residence) .As a nurse at the time, I felt quite isolated and was delighted to hear of the organisation. I was worried that I might not fit the criteria to belong. When I met the lovely people involved and enjoyed the fellowship I wanted to join. The concept grew on me as I found the different ways and levels of involvement of the nurses. At that time I had gone back to Polytech as a CAPS student to renew my APC as I had been in mental health so long my general one had expired.

I continued going to conferences every year which I found inspiring and also attended regional meetings. I then joined St John of God which was a Faith Community in itself and although I am now working there in the Pastoral Care team, I have held on to my Practicing Cert in case I ever need it to be a FCN. I believe it is something I will do in the future as I' m also passionate about building the church and promoting its relevance and I think the two goals could combine in Faith Community Nurse practice. I remain interested in mental health and have a post grad cert from Otago University in this."

Glenys has provided ongoing support to nurses in the Christchurch area as well as being on the Board of NZFCNA where she has shared her pastoral skills and helped facilitate interactive sessions at conferences.

Angela Clark


Angela supports NZFCNA through her skills as one of the seven Professional Nursing Advisors for the NZNO based in the Auckland office. She heard about parish nursing when reading a pamphlet in Nelson Cathedral when NZFCNA was still in its infancy and has attended several of our conferences. We thank her for her enduring support and understanding as a Christian working in her advisory position.

Anne van Loon, President of Australian Faith Community Nurses Association

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In October 1995 Anne and Emeritus Professor Merilyn Annells held an open forum to introduce the Faith Community Nursing role. Ann Solari-Twadell was the invited speaker from the ‘International Parish Nurse Resource Centre’ in the USA. From this point five churches in Adelaide, Australia, commenced five pilot Faith Community Nursing projects. Anne worked with each faith community and their nurses for three years to develop a contextually appropriate model for Faith Community Nurses as part of her doctoral research. Anne saw the need for a Professional Association for Faith Community Nurses to support them with continuing education for this specialty nursing role, and to facilitate professional standards and regulatory requirements for Faith Community Nurses. In 1996 she commenced the ‘Australian Faith Community Nurses Association’ (AFCNA) as an inter-denominational professional association for Christian nurses ministering in the Faith Community Nurse role. AFCNA is now a member organisation of the Council of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) in Australia.
Anne has been a nurse researcher and academic at Flinders University, Adelaide; she is now Senior Project Consultant (Health & Care Ministry) for Baptist Care South Australia.
Anne assisted Elaine Tyrrell to commence the ‘New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association’ in 2003 and provided the initial training courses developed from her doctoral research.

Kris Telfer: Board Member

KrisI have been a paediatric nurse for 40 years. I decided I would be a nurse when I was 6 years old! Working in the old Princess Mary Hospital and now Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland.  Although I am not a Faith Community Nurse, I have been involved with the NZFCNA for a number of years. I was attracted to the concept as a way of bringing my faith and nursing together and being able to provide care to the whole person. However I felt my role in the association was to be a supporter and helper to the practicing FCNs. I am currently a board member and involved with the Auckland region. I am also a spiritual director and love co-leading creative focus days as part of Solace - solace.org.nz. I think becoming a spiritual director came out of my search for the answer to a question I had about 10 or so years ago, “How was I, as a Christian nurse different.”  I realised this was not just related to my nursing but my whole life. I’m still not sure I have the answer!

It is for me another way of caring and nurturing others, helping them to discover where God is in their lives.  I also participate in running a women's community group in my local Vineyard Church.

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