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Health Ministry

     
  What is Health Ministry?
Health ministry helps congregations care for one another by attaining, maintaining and/or regaining the best possible whole person health — wellness of body, mind and spirit — that can be experienced. The parish nurse is a registered nurse who is committed to this concept of health ministry.

What is Parish Nursing?
(adapted from the International Parish Nurse Resource Center)

Parish nurses are licensed, registered nurses who practice wholistic health for self, individuals and the community using nursing knowledge combined with spiritual care. They function in paid and unpaid positions as members of the pastoral team in a variety of religious faiths, cultures, and countries. The focus of their work is on the intentional care of the spirit, assisting the members of the faith community to maintain and/or regain wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. Their practice is governed by the nurse practice act of their state, the Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards, and the Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements (for nurses). 

Qualifications include:  
   Must have an active license in the state in which she/he practices.  
   Is preferred to have a baccalaureate degree in nursing with experience 
      in community nursing.  
   Should have completed an educational course to prepare for this 
      ministry.      
   Should have specialized knowledge of the spiritual beliefs and practices of the faith community.
    Should reflect personal spirituality maturity in her/his practice. 

 

Videos

  Personal
       Preparedness

  Use of an EpiPen

  Hands Only CPR

  How to Use AED
       (automated external defibrillator)

  Using a Fire
       Extinguisher

  Surviving an Active
       Shooter Event


Documents

  Smart 911 (pdf)
       Sign up for Smart911

  Delaware Advanced  
       Directives
(pdf)

  Vaccinations (pdf)

  Assistance with 
       Health Issues
(pdf)

  Emergency
       Preparedness
(pdf)

  Relaxation Breathing  
       Exercises
(pdf)

  Diabetes and Chronic
      Disease Workshops
(pdf)

  Diabetes Management
       Program
(pdf)

  Diabetes Workshop
       Overview
(pdf)

 
 

    
Parish nurses may be called a variety of names depending upon the 
faith community:
   Faith Community Nurse – preferred by the American Nurses Association  
   Church Nurse  
   Health Ministry Nurse

Services provided by the parish nurse include but are not limited to:  
   Health promotion encompassing informational classes, health  
      programs, education through newsletters, bulletin boards and web sites  
   Individual care such as blood pressure monitoring, client advocacy, 
      personal health counseling, and visitation  
   Spiritual care through prayer, spiritual rituals, presence, support groups, 
      and grief care  
   Collaboration with the clergy staff, community social services, health care 
      professionals, assessments of member/community needs and 
      developing new services or resources for members  
   Sharing the denomination’s/faith’s beliefs and rituals to foster a sense 
      of family and healing  
   Education for individuals, of any age, on specific health issues  
   Limestone Presbyterian Church is now designated as an Earth Care 
      Congregation. We recognize that the environment has a major impact 
      on health. 

What is the Mission of Parish/Faith Community Nursing?
The mission of parish nursing is the intentional integration of the practice of 
faith with the practiced of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, 
with, and through the community of faith in which parish nurses serve. The 
belief that health is a journey toward well being and is the interrelationship of 
body, mind, and spirit is core to parish nursing. Health is not merely the 
absence of disease. It is related to everything a person does, thinks, and 
feels; therefore parish nurses focus on the whole person as they promote 
wellness, disease prevention, health education, and healthy spirituality. 

   
     
 

Spirituality is the essence of our being. It influences how we view ourselves, others and the world around us. Wellness  
and wholeness can only be fully achieved when we acknowledge the close connection between body, mind and spirit. 
To that end, Parish Nurses (PNs) integrate current nursing, behavioral, environmental and spiritual knowledge into 
their practice. The goal is a healthy congregation. Healthy congregations occur through the promotion of healthy 
lifestyles and healthy environments. PNs assess the needs of the congregation, as a group and as individuals, as well 
as the resources available and develop plans of action to meet those needs.

Karen's Message
Here I am, Lord

Music is a major part of my spiritual life. Perhaps this hymn is one of the reasons I have made the commitment 
of volunteering as a Parish Nurse, willing to provide approximately 10 hours of service per month. With the limited 
hours, I see my service as being more a contact person and coordinator of all of the many wonderful talents and 
resources within our church. 

A little about my background: As a new RN, my experience included working on a medical unit and then in an ICU. 
Time off for child rearing enabled me to do volunteer work for the American Heart Association (BP screening clinic) and 
the American Red Cross (teach Home Health Aid course). My return to nursing took me to geriatrics where I worked as 
a staff nurse for several years and then into administrative duties as Nursing Recruiter (more likened to Human 
Resource) and Nursing Quality Control (to remain more current in nursing). I retired in 2009. 

My volunteer positions are more indicative of my interests than my paid positions:
   In my love and respect for children, I volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Family Court 
      for 10 years. A CASA is appointed by a Judge to represent the child/children in cases where the embattlement 
      between parents, or between parent and State agency, necessitates an independent viewpoint. CASAs investigate 
      and interview all elements that impact the child’s life and make recommendations to the Judge through written 
      reports and witnessing in court. Nurses will understand when I say this is where I fully utilized the Nursing Process. 
   In 1997, Mary McCowan and I took the Parish Nurse (PN) training course. Mary came to Limestone as PN while 
      I attempted to promote the concept of Parish Nursing to the New Castle Presbytery. 
   Disaster Preparedness: 
         Delaware Medical Reserve Corps – assist Public Health nurses during a disaster; 
         Christiana Care Medical Reserve Corps – assist staff with Acute Care Center during time of disaster 
   Basic Life Support instructor at Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children – assist education department in 
      training staff 
   Member of the American Nurses Association/ Delaware Nurses Association and subcommittee Nurses Healing 
      Our Planet (concerned with a healthy environment) 
   Member of the League of Women voters, with a particular interest in environmental issues. 

My interest in this position:   
   Education – so that we can make informed decisions 
   Safety and prevention 
   Preparedness 
   Environment – building, grounds and the air we breathe. 
   Amassing and coordinating resources within the church 

I look forward to serving you. Please let me know of your health concerns, interests, and suggestions. 

Karen Zecher,BSN, RN
Parish Nurse
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