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Parish Nurses

    Parish Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing and its primary focus is the intentional care of the spirit. Faith and healthcare are clearly linked and spiritual care is central in promoting holistic health. Parish Nurse's provide holistic health services addressing the needs of the body, mind and spirit in the individual faith community. In unity with the mission of both the faith community and LMHS Parish Nurse Program, the parish nurse roll provides a unique alliance between faith and health and is an important liaison between pastor, parishioners, healthcare system, physician, and community resources.

    There is a difference between a nurse in a church and a parish nurse--not every person is called or qualified. The parish nurse bridges two disciplines, nursing and ministry, and must be prepared in and responsible to both. Qualities needed for this role include a deep commitment to their own spirituality as well as the healing mission of the church. Determination of spiritual maturity is evidenced through the completion of a spiritual autobiography and interview process with the pastor, parish nurse director, and other faith community members. 

    Completion of the endorsed Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course is required, in addition to attending monthly PN meetings to share worship, experiences, resources, encouragement, and organizational issues. The new "Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing" states that the preferred minimum preparation for an RN or ARNP entering this specialty of nursing is a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing, experience in using the nursing process and knowledge of community resources.

    The majority of Parish Nurses are BSN prepared and several have Masters with degrees in nursing and business administration. In addition, all of our Parish Nurses have taken the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course that is endorsed by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center.

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

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