Helen Vaughan RN
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. This year, 2018, I was priviledged to attend the Westberg Symposium, the international faith community nurses conference in Memphis Tennessee. It was wonderful to meet faith community nurses from around the world. I became chairperson in 2016 and served until 2019.