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Parish Nurse Functions:

The functions of the Parish Nurse are:

  • Counselor - Parish Nurses provide personal and confidential counseling regarding health concerns, and they make home, hospital or nursing home visits whenever needed.  They encourage clients to participate in their own healthcare decisions, offering suggestions on modifying life styles and linking personal habits of faith and health.

  • Health Educator - Parish Nurses offer education in various ways: health education programs, articles in their faith community's weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters, literature racks and support groups. They also offer diet and exercise classes, health fairs and screenings.

  • Health Advocate - The Parish Nurse works with the client, faith community and primary health resources to provide the best care to the client, and is their voice when they seem to have none.

  • Resource Agent - Parish Nurses serve as a liaison by making the appropriate referrals to community, hospital and faith community resources when the assessed faith/healthcare needs are beyond the scope and practice of the parish nurse.

  • Coordinator of Volunteers - Parish Nurses recruit and train volunteers to assist with programs and client care.

  • Developer of Support Groups - Parish Nurses assess the needs of the faith community and when appropriate assist to establish needed groups for support.

  • Integrator of Faith and Health - Parish Nurses assess the needs of the human spirit within the presenting health concern and incorporates the client's values, beliefs and practices into the plan of care focusing on whole person health; body, mind and spirit.


    For more information, please contact our Parish Nurse Manager, Nancy Roberts:

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