What is a Parish Nurse?
ü A licensed professional nurse who practices with in the guidelines established by the State Board of Nursing,
ü A Parish Nurse functions within a church, in collaboration with the pastoral staff and congregation. When a Health Ministries Team has been established, the Parish Nurse is a part of that team.
ü The practice of nursing promotes wellness, and recognizes that a person's health is dependent upon the integration of body, mind and spirit.
ü The primary focus of Parish Nursing is the recognition of the importance that the spiritual has in promoting health, wholeness and wellbeing of the individual.
What a Parish Nurse cannot do:
ü Diagnose or treat medical conditions, prescribe medications, or act as a mental health counselor.
ü Provide invasive nursing procedures or perform "hands on" treatments.
What a Parish Nurse can do:
ü Provide spiritual encouragement focusing on the promotion of health and wellness.
ü Collaborate with the ministry staff in developing health focused programs for groups within the congregation or individual members.
ü Provide health education on an individual or group basis.
ü Act as a resource for finding assistance within the community.
ü Act as a mentor/interpreter of medical information.
ü Provide non-invasive, limited health screenings, such as taking blood pressures.
What to Look for:
ü Monthly written "To Your Health" notes - at the Adult Ministries Table
ü Monthly Blood Pressure Checks - March 9th between and after services
ü Individual consultation on request
To contact Pat, please call 913.685.3546 or leave a message at the church.