Parish Nurse Ministry
- Professional nurse who promotes the health of a faith community by working with the pastor, other parish nurses and staff to integrate the theological, psychological, sociological and physiological perspectives of health and healing into the word, sacrament and service of the congregation.
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed in the State of Wisconsin. Preferred to be an active member of a Presbyterian church. Willing to make a commitment to the mission, vision and values of the ministry.
- Dedicated to the spiritual growth of self and others, able to integrate own personal spiritual life of worship, bible study and prayer into the position. A practitioner prepared to or willing to learn to assess the needs of the whole person-psychological, physical, sociological and spiritual.
- Completion of Parish Nurse Education program for the position, administrative orientation and commitment of continuing education is preferred.
- Practice is consistent with the scope and standards of Parish Nursing Practice (ANA -2004)
The Parish Nurse program is provided to members of the congregation, at no cost, in a variety of ways.
- Helps the congregation and staff to understand the relationship between body, mind and spirit.
- Provides presence via home and hospital visits. Assists with home communion as directed by the pastor(s).
- Advises congregation on health-related issues, including preventive and recovery care through phone calls and cards. In accordance with Parish Nurse insurance parameter, provides assistance with non-invasive nursing procedures only.
- Assists in obtaining needed health services and medical equipment (provides an equipment loan closet.)
- Assists in worship by helping to facilitate our Services of Wholeness.
- Provides blood pressure checks and health screening information as requested.
- Provides various options for health education including: Forum for All, resource materials and individual consultation.
- Acts as referral source and provides links to existing support and health-care programs.