The mission of the Parish Nurse Ministry is to promote health and wellness of body, mind and spirit within our faith community through worship, education, and service.
History of Parish Nursing
Parish Nursing began in the 1980's through the efforts of Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg. It is rooted in the belief that we care for self and others as an expression of God's love and that health care is part of the responsible stewardship of one's life. The American Nurses Association recognized it as a specialty practice in 2005 calling it Faith Community Nursing. It is defined as the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.
Parish Nursing came to St. Francis in 1993. It has evolved through the years according to the needs of the Parish.
Goals of the Parish Nurse Ministry
- Provide parishioners with health education and resources.
- Health education materials are provided in the Pamphlet Rack
- Blood Pressure screening and related education
- Health and Wellness Programs
- Assisting parishioners in accessing parish and community health resources
- Serve the health care needs of fellow parishioners with parish resources and the expertise of parish nurse volunteers as available.
- Alzheimer's Support Group
- Blood Pressure Screening
- First Aid Station for Parish Picnic
- Respite Care and other Health Services
Meetings are held as needed and are announced in the weekly bulletin. Non-medical volunteers as well as those in the health professions are welcome. Please watch the weekly bulletin for parish nursing activities.