Parish Nursing Career
Parish Nurse: A parish nurse is a registered nurse with additional training, who provides healthcare to the congregation of a church. A parish nurse is more involved in preventative medicine than treating the sick. The main duties of a parish nurse include:
- Educating the congregation on healthy living.
- Assisting parishioners with their health problems.
- Counseling individuals on various issues.
- Supporting health services within the community.
- Referring patients to other healthcare professionals when necessary.
- Providing an approachable listening ear to people of all ages.
- Offering advice to individuals in a spiritual environment.
- Providing initial contact for individuals suffering as a result of substance abuse, depression and family violence.
Where they work: Parish Nurses can work in the church or community centers. Some large churches employ a full time parish nurse. Other small parishes share a parish nurse between them.
Qualifications: Parish nurses are fully qualified registered nurses, and are recognized by the American Nursing Association. Most Parish Nurses have several years experience working in a healthcare environment. There are many programs available to qualify as a Parish Nurse. Many ministries also require previous experience in a community care environment.
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