FCC is home to a parish nursing program that began in the fall of 2013. Judy Boss, Parish Nurse, seeks to educate the congregation about ways that spiritual health and physical health are connected.
You can find Nurse Judy at the Parish Nursing table in the Gathering Area on Sunday mornings, or reach out to her at email@example.com.
WHAT IS PARISH NURSING?
Parish nursing programs encourage congregational health as well as to educate members about health issues. Blood pressure checks, educational programs, newsletter articles, and CPR training classes are just a few ways that the parish nursing program enhances the health of our church.
Parish Nursing was conceived by Rev. Granger Westberg in the 1980s at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. Parish Nursing is a “reinvention' of Deaconess work for the 21st century.
Parish Nurses are experienced, registered nurses committed to helping persons meet their whole health needs of body, mind, and spirit. Care is based on the belief that health is growth towards well being and emphasizes the interrelationship of body, mind, and spirit. Health is related to everything a person does, thinks, and feels and is not merely the absence of disease.
Parish Nurses are trained to focus on the whole person and emphasizes wellness, disease prevention, health promotion, and spirituality. They are trained health educators, personal health counselors, facilitators, advocates and interpreters.
PARISH NURSES ARE:
- Integrators of Faith and Health-
Assists individuals to bring together faith and Health, promoting higher levels of wellness by improving spiritual health as well as physical health.
- Health Educators-
Provides opportunities to learn about health topics and issues, both individually and/or in groups.
- Health Advocates-
Serves as liaison to connect people with community agencies. Works with the community to advocate for needed services.
- Health Counselors-
Discusses health issues, emphasizing early response to small problems and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Counseling for caretakers and children of aging parents. Discussion of grief related issues.
Provides compassionate presence and encourages self reflection. Consoles and/or supports individuals through life situations.
HEALING MAY EXIST IN THE ABSENCE OF CURE
The Parish Nurse understands health to be a dynamic process which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social dimensions of the person. Spiritual health is central to well-being and influences a person's entire being. Therefore, a sense of well-being and illness may occur simultaneously.