The Parish Nurse
A Parish Nurse is a Registered Nurse who is called to ministry and affirmed by a faith community to promote the integration of faith and health in a variety of ways that reflect the context of the faith community.
Parish nurses have specialized training. They have studied various courses in related pastoral care topics and participate in regular support and education meetings with other Parish Nurses both locally and nationally.
Parish Nurse Ministry draws the church together to become a more caring community!
A Parish Nurse Ministry helps the local parish by providing:
- the compassion and care of a Christ-centered Registered Nurse;
- a ministry of healing to those who seek to be whole in body, mind and spirit
- health & wellness education for parishioners of all ages;
- personal health counseling;
- a liaison with community organizations;
- resources to pastoral team;
- support and recovery groups according to community needs (i.e. fitness, stress, grief, cancer, mental illness);
- information about appropriate health care and community resources;
- clarification of health instructions;
- advocacy when necessary.
On behalf of the local church, Parish Nurses link faith and health as they blend care with their professional nursing expertise.
In consultation with the Pastor, a Parish Nurse will:
- Visit at home or in the hospital.
- Recruit, train and support volunteers.
- Offer presence and prayer during times of crisis and celebration.
Parish Nurses serve in the following ways:
1. Health Educator – The Parish Nurse initiates and develops health programs and answers health related questions. She promotes better understanding of the relationship between lifestyle, attitudes, faith and well being. Some of these may include blood pressure clinics, monthly health awareness topics, education sessions, etc.
2. Advocacy and Facilitation – A Parish Nurse can help in stressful situations regarding health care decisions. Health care instructions can be intimidating to some people. Parish Nurses can help navigate some of bureaucratic terrain.
3. Resource and Referral – A Parish Nurse can connect you with appropriate health care and community resources.
4. Counselor – A Parish Nurse is there as a confidential resource for personal health issues and can assist individuals in gaining knowledge to make informed choices regarding their health. Parish Nurses work not only with the individual but often with the family as a whole.
5. Outreach – A Parish Nurse can do assessments, make home, hospital and follow-up visits after patients have been discharged.
6. Resource to the Pastoral Team – A Parish Nurse is available to all ministries if they themselves have concerns regarding the health of parishioners they visit.
7. Praying with parishioners they visit. Parish Nurses offer compassion, care and confidentiality. They are an extension of the church life through home visits.
**Parish Nursing Ministry does not provide or replace existing services such as home care, nor does it provide hands on nursing care on an on going basis.**
Saskatchewan Parish Nurses at the 2006 CAPNM AGM and Conference- Bathurst, NB
(Left to right) Sr. Carol Borreson RN, Judy Hertlien RN (Langenberg), Ethna Martin RN, Megan McKenna-keynote speaker, Judy Johnson RN, Deb Bauche,RN and Carol Kostiuk RN
- missing Mary Tyler RN
Your community churches with active Parish Nurse Ministries
St. Peter the Apostle
8 Moore Place, Saskatoon Ph: 382-5503
St. Patrick Parish Center
3339 Centennial Drive Ph: 384-1100
18 - 33rd Street East, Saskatoon Ph.: 242-5150
Augustana Lutheran Church
1201 Broadway Avenue
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
1902 Munroe Ave., 343-0325
Deb Bauche RN & Ethna Martin RN
St. John Bosco , Roman Catholic
1202 Ave. O.S.
Sr. Carol Borresson RN
St.Mary’s Roman Catholic
201 Ave. O.S.
Sr. Carol Borresson RN
Forest Grove Community Church (Mennonite)
502 Webster St.
Christ Church - Anglican
515 28 Street West
3718 8 Street East
Circle Drive Special Care Home
3055 Preston Avenue
Lynne MacPherson & Cathy Gallaugher
Moral Issues Today:
Fr. Mark Miller’s 2-part reflection on parish nursing Part I / Part II
Bishops of Saskatchewan World Health Day Letter.
The Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry: http://www.capnm.ca/
International Parish Nurse Resource Center: www.parishnurse.org