What is a Parish Nurse?
Parish nursing is the practice of nursing within the beliefs of a religious community. A parish nurse is a Registered Nurse (RN) who encourages physical and spiritual health and wholeness by developing and leading programs within faith communities.
Why is a Parish Nursing Important?
The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines Faith Community Nursing (FCN) 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.” Rather than dealing with sickness in the faith community, parish nurses focus on wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion.