Pam Franklin parish nurse at first Covenant Church Duluth, MN

What is Parish Nursing?

Parish Nursing (or Faith Community Nursing) is a specialized practice of professional nursing, recognized by the American Nurse’s Association – which focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness. Thus melding together nursing with ministry, with a commitment to the care of the “whole person”.

What are the roles/functions of the Parish Nurse?

Integrator of Faith and Health: The Parish Nurse seeks to promote the understanding of the relationship between faith and health.

Health Education: Promotes an atmospheres where individuals of all ages, through a variety of educational activities, explore the relationship between attitudes, lifestyle, faith and health Personal Health Counselor: Discusses health issues and problems with individuals: makes home, hospital and nursing home visits as needed. Does regular Blood Pressure checks as well as lending closet (medical equipment – as available).

Referral Agent: Makes referrals to community resources and services.

*Trainer of Volunteers: Recruits volunteers and coordinates resources within the congregation to serve in various health ministries as needs arise.

Health Advocate: Works with those who have no family or support people to assist in determining the best interest of the parishioner. – May be as simple as accompanying to a medical appointment. Developer of Support Groups: Facilitates the development of support groups to address specific needs of the congregation.

What the Parish Nurse is NOT

The Parish Nurse does NOT provide “hands-on” care and does NOT replace any health care service that is available.

The Parish Nurse is NOT a replacement for pastoral care, medical care, community health nursing or social service agencies, but rather works as a partner.

Parish Nurse is Available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Blood pressure checks are available on Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) or as requested by calling the church office number.