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Carol Bradford is Parish Nurse Coordinator of the Parish Nurse Ministry of Lourdes & Western Baptist Hospitals in Paducah, KY. Through this cooperative ministry, she educates, mentors, sustains, and nurtures registered nurses to be parish nurses in their own faith communities. There are over 75 parish nurses in the network and they serve congregations throughout Western KY, Southern IL, and West TN. Carol is an IPNRC (International Parish Nurse Resource Center) faculty educator and co-authored the 2007 Supplemental Module of the IPNRC Parish Nurse Basic Preparation Curriculum entitled Parish Nurse Practice in Rural Faith Communities. She is contributing author to the forthcoming book Complexity Leadership: Nursing’s Role in Health Care Delivery by Diana Crowell. As adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing at Western Kentucky University, Carol teaches online courses in Faith Community Nursing to undergraduate and graduate nursing students and the same course for continuing education to registered nurses throughout the Unites States. Since 2007, senior undergraduate nursing students from Murray State University have rotated through her parish nurse practice at FCC as part of their Community Health & Leadership clinical. Planting the seeds of Faith Community Nursing in these nursing students will not only grow the profession, but also build healthier communities. Carol is Co-chair the Kentucky Health Ministries Coordinator’s Network, a working group of her peers. She is a member of the Health Ministries Association, the professional organization for faith community nurses and clergy; the Kentucky League for Nursing; and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Carol is currently serving on the IPNRC Advisory Committee to revise the IPNRC Coordinator’s Curriculum.