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
Transportation
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.


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