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What is Parish Nursing?
Parish nursing points people to Jesus as our Great Physician. It is a ministry of healing for those who seek to be whole in body, mind, and spirit. It offers the compassion and care of a Christ-centered registered nurse (RN) and promotes congregational health, wholeness, and well-being.
Parish nurses provide health counselling and spiritual/pastoral care for people facing health challenges, while acting as a liaison between the faith community and the medical community.
These supports are provided through health education, counselling, referral and advocacy, and assisting people in navigating the health care system. A parish nurse who serves with the C&MA is a registered nurse called by God, registered in their province, and has completed a parish nurse education program.
How can your church be involved?
Invite RN's (Registered Nurses) within your church community to consider becoming involved as a Parish Nurse.
Contact Janice Buck, National Coordinator of Alliance Parish Nurse Ministries.
Why Does it Matter?
Parish nurses can ease the burden of care from pastoral staff as they counsel people with holistic health concerns (Exodus 18:21) Parish nurses offer a viable and sustainable response to Alliance traditions of healing ministries and practical care-giving. Parish nurses increase the social responsiveness of the church by being the hands and feet of Jesus.
- Walking Alongside: The Essence of Parish Nursing by Barbara Caiger
- Parish Nurse by Granger E. Westberg
- The Essential Parish Nurse: ABCs for Congregational Health Ministry by Deborah Patterson
- Health care from the pews: Parish nurses take holistic approach to meet physical and spiritual needs by ALEX NEWMAN (Special to ChristianWeek)