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A parish nurse is a registered nurse answering the call to help members of the congregation become more aware of their health needs as well as leading them to better understand their role in making better choices for prevention of illness and improvement of their health.

What Parish Nurses Do
Parish nurses serve the congregants and community depending on the needs and doctrines of the specific house of worship, such as the following:
  • Visit church members at home or within a facility.
  • Provide counseling on health-related issues.
  • Make referrals to community resources and provide assistance in obtaining needed health services.
  • Assist members in adapting to important lifestyle changes.
  • Offer programs or conduct classes to improve mental, spiritual, emotional, mental health.
  • Provide health screenings such as with Health Fairs
  • Develop support groups within the church and acts as a health advocate for the members
  • Train and coordinate volunteers.
Parish nurses are not expected to provide "hands-on" care in the church or at a patient's home. They are a source of referrals for services available in the community. They coordinate existing services and supplement them with a holistic dimension of health and caring.
 
How Parish Nurses Work
Parish nurses customize their practice to meet the needs of the congregation. Registered nurses serving as parish nurses must hold a current license in the state of practice and follow the "Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing Practice" of the American Nurses Association and the Health Ministry Association.

Parish Nurses Are Recognized as a specialty by the American Nurses Association. Faith Community Nurses are pastorally called, spiritually mature, licensed registered nurses.  For any health care professional and others interested in attending to the needs of the community in the areas of health education, bereavement and at home or nursing home visitations please contact Liz Macris, Faith Community Nurse at 283-1372

VISITATION MINISTRY: Anyone interested in visiting our homebound/nursing home residents contact Liz Macris, 283-1372.
 
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HEALTH LINKS

Health NY                Healing Touch Program               Savvy Patient

Seton Health            Elpna           Home Instead           Health Ministries Association (HMA)

 

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