Parish Nursing

parish nurse logo2Parish Nursing

“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.

Advance Directives Class – April 2

April 2, 9:30am to 12pm, West Side Presbyterian Chapel When we plan a trip, whether for fun or business, we go through a list of things that need to be ready and tasks that must be completed before our journey. After reservations are made, tickets purchased, passport updated, mail and paper…

Continue reading

Parish Nurse – Shingles

(Good News newsletter, February 2016) If you ever have had chickenpox (most adults over 40), the virus that caused it, the varicella-zooster virus, is likely lying inactive along a nerve root somewhere in your body. Factors which reduce your immune system to fight and keep this virus inactive, factors such as…

Continue reading


(Good News newsletter, February 2016) Express gratitude every day. There are so many benefits: Improves attitude. This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 18:24) Improves mental health. When you feel anxious or frightened, write down everything you are thankful for…

Continue reading

Hold My Hand  – The Power of Touch

(Good News newsletter, January 2016) Almost everyone has experienced moments in life when grief or sadness is so intense that words seem inadequate, or the suffering you witness almost makes you avert your gaze. It can be a temptation to physically and emotionally withdraw from painful situations. You want to guard…

Continue reading

Parish Nursing: Taking Care of Ourselves

(Good News newsletter, December 2015) “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? … So use every part of your body to give glory back to God…” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “You were bought at a…

Continue reading