What Is A Parish Nurse?
Parish nurses are faith-oriented registered nurses who have received special education and training in holistic health care. Parish nurses have skills in teaching and health counseling, as well as knowledge of community resources. As a member of a church staff, the parish nurse promotes wellness within the congregation, enhances the church's outreach ministry, and strengthens the awareness of the connection between faith and health.
"... I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security." - Jeremiah 33:6
Parish Nurse Requirements - Education, Training and Experience
- Graduate of a state-approved school of nursing
- Minimum of two years of experience in nursing
- A bachelor's degree in nursing and community health experience is preferred
- Completion of Trinity's Parish Nurse orientation course or another approved parish nurse orientation course
- Knowledge, abilities and skills
- Knowledge of holistic health concepts
- Effective communication skills
- Ability to assess individual health needs and plan appropriate interventions
- Understanding of the church's role in health care
- Licenses, registrations, and certifications
- Current Registered Professional Nurse licensure in the state where Parish is located.
- Current CPR certification
What is a Health Minister
The health minister is a servant leader with a commitment to show the love of God through promotion of health, healing and wholeness. The health minister works together or apart with the parish nurse in a community or congregational setting.
Community Churches and Nurses
Do you want to find out how members of a church can provide a nurturing atmosphere for healing of the whole person? Are you looking for ways to impact the health of your congregation? If so, consider adding a parish nurse to your pastoral team who can complement the holistic work of your faith community.
Trinity's Parish Nurse Program is available to churches and faith communities for discussion on how to implement a Parish Nurse Program into their faith tradition. In addition, the program is also seeking registered nurses who would like to serve a faith community as a parish nurse. The goal of the Parish Nurse Program is to strengthen the church's healing ministry by promoting wellness in body, mind and spirit.
Churches that wish to provide a Parish Nurse Program for their parishioners can choose either a paid or volunteer parish nurse position. Through the Trinity Health Foundation, churches that wish to provide a paid position may qualify for a grant which pays 60 percent of the parish nurse's salary the first year and 30 percent the second year.
Nurses who want to become parish nurses must either complete Trinity's 40-hour orientation course or other approved parish nurse foundations course. Following completion of the orientation course, they are then appointed and assigned to their church or other church needing parish nurse services.
Currently, Trinity's Parish Nurse Program includes 39 churches in the Iowa and Illinois Quad-Cities and surrounding region, and represents 12 denominations. Parish nurses function as health educators and personal health counselors for members of the congregation. They coordinate volunteers, facilitate support groups and make referrals to community agencies.
Other Parish Nursing Organizations
Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing
1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 142
Memphis, TN 38104
Health Ministries Association
PO Box 7187
Atlanta, GA 30357