What is a Parish Nurse?

Parish Nurses are registered nurses (RNs) with specialized training in parish nursing and experience working as a health care provider.

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What does Parish Nurse Ministry include?

  • Integrator of Faith and Health

Assists parishioners to achieve higher levels of wellness by improving both spiritual and physical health

  • Health Educator

Available for health education, providing opportunity to learn about health issues

  • Health Counselor

Gives personal assistance with health planning choices

  • Referral Advisor

Provides referrals to healthcare and social services

  • Health Advocate

Encourages people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles

  • Developer of Support Groups

Facilitates the development of support groups in the faith community

  • Health Advisory Team

Meets regularly with the Health Advisory Team to set goals for the Parish Nurse Program

  • Volunteer Coordinator

Recruits, prepares and oversees volunteers who help those in need

The Role of the Parish Nurse in the congregation

As a member of the pastoral care team, the parish nurse works to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the congregation.  Congregational parish nurses are not expected to be primary health care givers, rather they coordinate health programs and facilitate the use of church and community resources.

What about confidentiality?

All conversations and interactions with the Parish Nurse are kept confidential.  Documentation is required by state nursing laws and will be kept in a locked file.

How can they be reached?

Parish nurses can be reached by calling the church office

Home and hospital visits can be scheduled by calling the office.
Office phone:  253-752-4966

Blood Pressure Screening is offered once a month after each service as well as during office hours.