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Lee Memorial Health System
About the Parish Nurse Program

 

History:

 

       In October, 1997 the Parish Nurse Program began its development and was acknowledged by LMHS as an important health and spiritual initiative to connect the health system with the community. A steering committee was developed and a coordinator was hired to educate nurses and to provide leadership. The name Parish Nurse, Faith Community Nurse (FCN) and Congregational Nurse is used inter-changeably. Registered Nurses with active licenses complete a Foundations Curriculum which follows the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing as set by the American Nurses Association. About 50% of FCN's are in a paid model and 50% are in a volunteer model of ministry. The decision regarding paid vs volunteer is at the discretion of the faith community leadership and the nurse.

 

Current Program:

 

     Faith Community Nurses who are partnered with LMHS meet monthly for a collegial, educational, and spiritual connection. Currently, LMHS has 24 nurses in an ecumenical group of many denominations.

Community Outreach and Congregational Health and Wellness is a primary function of the group. This is accomplished through hosting community health fairs, various health programming, and direct health counseling and education. Parish Nursing continues to grow in importance as part of the continuum of care between LMHS and the community. "Bringing a spiritual component to the encouragement of health and wellness makes for a successful plan to focus on whole person health," shares Manager Nancy Roberts.

 

For More Information, please contact:

Nancy Roberts,RN,BSN,FCN
Manager LMHS Parish Nurse Program
HealthPark Medical Center - Rm 117
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Office: 239-343-5182
Nancy.Roberts@LeeMemorial.org
 

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