Parish Nursing

Parish nursing is the integration of the practice of nursing with the beliefs of a religious community. A parish nurse is a registered nurse specialist who encourages physical and spiritual health and wholeness by developing and conducting programs within faith communities. Their main focus is on wellness and disease prevention thereby enabling health promotion. Responsibilities may include:

  • Health education and teaching
  • Personal health counseling for faith community members
  • Coordinating with community health resources and acting as a church liaison
  • Training and coordinating volunteers in support services
  • Organizing health support groups
  • Assessing congregational and community health needs
  • Responding to health-related issues such as substance abuse, addictions and violence within congregational families or the surrounding community

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