What is the role of a parish nurse?

  • She promotes the concept of health as Shalom-Wellness (wholeness of body, mind and spirit.)
  • She provides support to the leadership team within the church especially when they are called upon to help people with health related issues.
  • The Parish Nurse role will meet the Standards of Practices and Core Competencies as outlined by CARNA (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta).
  • The Parish Nurse role conforms to the CAPNM Parish Nurse Core Competencies list.
  • She is an integrator of faith and health.
  • She is a health educator.
  • She is a personal health counselor.
  • She is a referral agent and liaison with congregational and community resources.
  • She is a developer of support groups.
  • She is a heath advocate.
  • Responds to the health concerns of the people in her congregation and community.

When to call the Parish Nurse:
  • If you or a family member is sick.
  • If you don't understand something your doctor has told you.
  • If you are concerned about your parent, children, family members or friends.
  • If you are lonely.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • If you or someone you know is going
    for surgery.
  • If you are dealing with a loss or death.
  • If you are in need of prayer.
  • If you are struggling with a relationship.
  • If you are looking for ways to improve your health.
  • If you need someone to listen.
  • What a parish nurse is NOT.

    • A parish nurse is not a physician. She will not provide medical diagnosis or medical treatment.
    • A parish nurse is not a home care nurse. A parish nurse will not dispense medications or provide treatments prescribed by a physician.
    • A parish nurse is not a therapist. She will not do physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietary therapy
      or psychotherapy.
    • A parish nurse is not a clergyperson. A parish nurse usually does not hold a degree in theology, although she may have some further education in theology or clinical pastoral education. All parish nurses come to the field with a deep
      spiritual commitment.
    • The Parish nurse is not in competition for roles already in existence in a congregation.