Parish Nursing

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“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:23

What is a Parish Nurse?

A parish nurse is a registered nurse with a four year degree in nursing, a minimum of two years experience and the completion of a course in Parish Nursing. A parish nurse works in a faith community to address health issues of its members as well as those in the broader community or neighborhood.

The Role of the Parish Nurse…

Health Educator Provides education in order to promote wellness of the whole person—body, mind and spirit.
Volunteer Trainer and Coordinator Provides education to volunteers to help others in need.
Personal Health Counselor Provides individual health counseling that promotes personal responsibility related to maintaining, regaining and promoting a state of optimal health. Assist people to identify values and choices that encourage them to be responsible for their health status.
Referral Agent Provides knowledge about health care services and resources.
Health Advocate Assists people and families to make decisions regarding health, medical services, treatments and care facilities.
Integrator of Faith and Healing Interprets and supports the relationship between faith and health.
Healing Presence Provides a healing presence and promotes peace through prayer.

What do the Parish Nurses do?

BP Clinics
Bereavement Ministry
Visiting—Home/Hospital/Nursing Care Facilities
Health and Wholeness Education
Facilitate Medical Appointment
Drop-in Office Hours
Health and Wholeness Services
Facilitate Support Groups
Congregational Care Consulting
Prayer Shawl Ministry Liaison
Prayer for Healing
Community Outreach Through Education and Prayer Support
Liaison with Community Health Support Agencies
Teach Volunteerism

To Contact the Parish Nurse

Please leave message for Parish Nursing with the church office and a Parish Nurse will respond to your need.

Parish Nursing – Mental Health

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Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Health

Once again Parish Nursing is emphasizing the interrelationship of spiritual, mental, and physical health. We all struggle with this: trying to remain calm, trusting in the Lord to provide for our needs, trying not to worry about our children, grandchildren, other loved ones, not worrying about ourselves, our church, or…

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From our Parish Nurse…

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How to Eat Healthy This Year

How to Eat Healthy This Year* Every year it is the same thing. You vow on January 1 you are going to eat better. In fulfilling that goal, do not make unrealistic goals for yourself which become overwhelming and set you up for failure. Instead try just a few minor…

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Emergency Preparedness: Are you Ready?

Emergency Preparedness: Are you Ready? * Emergency Preparedness Workshop has been canceled. We are are working on rescheduling it later this year.   Home safety and defensive living are concepts which you need to take very seriously and  take precautions to be ready in an emergency or disaster.  Emergencies can…

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