Health Ministry Program

Parish Nurse Office
(413) 448-8836

WHAT IS HEALTH MINISTRY?

Health Ministry focuses on the work of bringing “health and healing into the parish community”. (Denton) It is essentially the umbrella concept under which we find parish nursing. Parishes that embrace health ministry are dedicated to incorporating a holistic model of health – that of mind, body, and spirit – into its core structure.

 

WHAT IS PARISH NURSING?

PARISH NURSING is caring for the whole person… mind, body, and spirit… by combining the knowledge and skills of nursing practice with an understanding of spiritual and religious beliefs that underlie health…”. (Denton)

 

WHAT DOES A PARISH NURSE DO?

The Role of the Parish Nurse:

  • Health Educator
  • Health Consultant
  • Health Resource Coordinator
  • Advocate
  • Community Liaison
  • Spiritual Support

PARISH NURSES ARE NOT HOME CARE NURSES NOR DO THEY PROVIDE DIRECT NURSING CARE.

 

WHAT ARE THE SERVICES RENDERED?

The services rendered are:

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Individual Health Counseling
  • Health Education Programs
  • Personal Health Advocate
  • Community Resource References
  • Development of A Health Library
  • Coordinator of Parish Involvement with Various Health Related Community Events (i.e. Flu Clinics)
  • Health Ministry Cabinet
  • Spiritual Support