Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministry
Faith community nurses, lay health advocates and other health ministers are people with professional training in a health related field who use their background to serve the needs of the church community. A parish nurse is a registered nurse with additional training in holistic ministry, helping members of the congregation to become more aware of their health and move toward a fuller sense of wholeness.
What Faith Community Nurses Do
Faith Community nurses engage in a variety of ministries:
Visit church members at home or in the hospital.
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.
Teach classes on how to maintain good health.
Provide health screenings.
Develop support groups within the church.
Train and coordinate volunteers.
Faith community nurses are not expected to provide patient 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.
Our Faith Community Nurse is Michele Sorenson and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org