- Parish Nursing
- Introduction to Parish Nursing
- Pacific NW United Church Conference News
- A program the first of it's kind in Westfield
For more than two years, she was the only parish nurse. Now there are four parish nurses and two health ministers serving the island community. When someone has a medical crisis, the person usually calls one of the parish nurses.
Elaine, who has lived on the island for 34 years and whose husband, John, is from a family that settled there in the late s, retired as a nurse and continued as a parish nurse until a year ago, when she needed care for , and year old family members. The health ministers are social workers or licensed practical nurses. The parish nurses run a food pantry in the church basement and also started the Elderberries senior center that meets at the church.
From 10 a. Through Elderberries, the nurses keep track of the seniors, answer questions on medicines, advocate for them when they need care and coordinate their care when they come home. Listening during home visits or when people come to the church Wednesdays or Sundays to see the parish nurses is a primary skill. I visit a woman, a German immigrant, who tells stories of Germany in the war.
As a parish nurse, spiritual care—laying on hands and praying with patients and families—is part of the role. Nancy came to the island nearly three years ago and has been a parish nurse a year and a half.
Listening during home visits or when people come to the church Wednesdays or Sundays to see the parish nurses is a primary skill. I visit a woman, a German immigrant, who tells stories of Germany in the war.
As a parish nurse, spiritual care—laying on hands and praying with patients and families—is part of the role. Nancy came to the island nearly three years ago and has been a parish nurse a year and a half. She worked as a nurse practitioner in Delaware before moving to Iowa and then settling with her husband on Lummi Island.
Introduction to Parish Nursing
She appreciates being able to bring in the spiritual dimension of healing, which she finds important for people, even if they do not attend church. The land was cleared and a temporary labyrinth laid out in the summer of In May, , it was completed with stones marking the path. In addition, the church is part of the Whatcom County Interfaith Coalition, which offers a clinic, low-income and transitional housing.
It also participates in Heifer Project. Share this article on your favorite social media. Chris Morton and Kathy Jones walk on the labyrinth during its dedication. Harold G.
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Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Koenig is Director of Duke s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation.
He is also a registered nurse. Parish nursing presents a new approach to healthcare as well as pastoral care, linking together the spiritual and medical communities.
A program the first of it's kind in Westfield
With today's over-burdened healthcare system and an aging population, the need for parish nursing is becoming crucial. The parish nurse could be a key link between the two systems, providing truly wholistic care. The appendix includes: parish nursing curricula, resources for parish nursing, sample surveys and assessment tools, and a sample healing service.
Stories from parish nurses illustrate their work as health advocates and educators, counselors, and integrators of faith and health. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Templeton Foundation Pr, Condition: New. More information about this seller Contact this seller.
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