The Parish Nurse

Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, "Who shall I send, and who will go for us?"  And I said, "Here I Am; Send Me!"   -Isaiah 6:8

Questions a nurse might consider before entering the ministry of parish nursing:

  • How do you see your personal gifts as an asset to parish nursing?
  • What attracts you to the role of a parish nurse?
  • What experience have you had in health education?  Organizing programs?  Individual counsel?
  • Describe people you most enjoy being around.  Describe those you least like being with.
  • What leadership experiences have you had in the church setting?
  • How do you care for yourself and find balance in your life?
  • Is there any reason your current lifestyle would not be considered a good role model for the congregation you serve?
  • What life experiences do you think have prepared you for "being with" a fellow struggler
    in their journey?
  • Are you being called to this ministry?  Are you willing to make a long term committment?

Role of the Parish Nurse

  • Personal health counselor - discuss health issues with people; makes home, hospital, and nursing home visits as needed.
  • Health educator - provides education and support for all ages, with emphasis on prevention and wellness.  Relate values, attitudes, lifestyle, faith , and well-being.
  • Health advocate - assures necessary services are obtained by supporting and encouraging people to make good choices; or speaking for them when they cannot speak.
  • Referral source - acts as a liaison to other congregational resources and to community services.
  • Facilitator - recruits, coordinates, and resources within the congregation; develops support/small groups.
  • Interpreter of the relationship between faith and health - in all activities seeks to promote an understanding of health and values, beliefs, behaviors, and well-being.

Upcoming Classes

  • Apr
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    RNs can provide access to healthcare within their faith communities through health promotion, education and disease prevention with the support of clergy and lay health ministers.

Contact Us

For more information about our parish nurse/health ministry services, please contact:

Jennifer Hildebrand