Introduction to Parish Nursing:
Parish Nursing also known as Faith Community nursing, is a specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as well as on the promotion of wholistic health and prevention or minimization of illness. Parish Nurses are licensed registered nurses that have successfully completed a Parish Nurse foundations course. Parish Nurses serve their faith community in the following capacities:
Integrator of Faith and Health: Assist with wellness and care of mind, body, and spirit.
Health Educator: Provide programs to educate individuals and groups on health.
Health Counselor: Discuss health concerns and encourage healthy lifestyles
Referral Advisor: Provides referrals to various community resources
Health Advocate: Help members obtain health related services
Developer of Support Groups: facilities support groups for faith community
Volunteer Coordinator: Recruits, trains, and oversees volunteers in the health ministry
Parish nursing has been active at First Lutheran Church since the 1990's. The parish nurse coordinator is responsible for the Congregational Care department and works closely with pastoral staff, Health Ministry team, and unpaid parish nurses to meet the needs of the congregation as a whole and individually. See the various resources offer below:
Advanced Care Planning
In a recent survey, 82% of people said it was important to have your health care wishes in writing, but only 23% have completed a written directive. Initiating an advanced directive or beginning a conversation with family about end of life wishes can be an overwhelming experience. Parish nurses are a great resource to assist you with these tasks and help you navigate this process . Contact Katie Kringstad, parish nurse (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment.
Anytime by appointment
1:00 – 1:30 on Wednesdays
BeFriender Ministry at First Lutheran was initiated in January, 2009 BeFrienders are volunteer lay ministers who provide pastoral care to people in difficult and transitional situations, such as illness, loneliness, loss of a loved one. They embody the caring presence of God and of the community, and serve as a living reminder of God’s love. BeFrienders are trained to provide a listening presence to others, not to be expert in whatever situation they encounter. They are also trained to provide compassionate, empathetic care. BeFrienders complete a 20 hour training program and a 2 month internship.
Healthy Feet Program
The purpose of our Foot Care Clinic is to provide foot care in response to the call of following Christ washing the disciple’s feet (John 13:1-17). We seek to serve those who are unable to provide their own foot care, while offering nurse assessment and cares, comfort, support, and education – recognizing health as encompassing body, mind and spirit. This clinic is a service to ensure the health of your feet and will be offered the first Tuesday of each month. Persons with the following may benefit from this service: diabetics, circulation and swelling issues of the legs, stroke victims, those with neuropathy, the visually impaired, arthritis, or just difficulty reaching those toes. Cost payable to AllHealth is $25.
Hospital Visitation and Transitional Care
The Parish Nurse Coordinator and pastoral staff make routine rounds at all hospitals in Fargo. If you are a loved one is hospitalized, please call the church office to inform us of your hospitalization. Due to strict privacy rules we are no longer able to access hospital census reports.
Parish Nurses are available to walk with you through transitions in care. Examples include from home to nursing facilities and hospital to home discharge. They can serve as an advocate, resource agent, and health coach to prevent hospital readmissions and to facilitate continuity of care.
Could you benefit from parish nursing services? Contact Haley Vargas, parish nurse at email@example.com or 701.235.7389.