Parish Nursing Alberta

Wholeness in Body, Mind, Spirit

Suffering & Spirituality

Clinical Practices that Promote Healing

June 30, 2023, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Lorraine M. Wright, RN, PhD

Dr. Wright is an international lecturer, author, clinician, and member of the Order of Canada. Her research and clinical work focus on illness, suffering, beliefs, healing, and spirituality. She is a Professor Emeritus of Nursing at the University of Calgary and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Montreal, Canada, in 2008 and Linnaeus University, Sweden, in 2012.

Who We Are

We are the Alberta chapter of the national parish nursing association – The Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry – CAPNM.

A specialty practice group for parish nursing was established under the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) in 2012.

A number of parish nursing ministries are located in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and numerous other centers. The specific number of parish nursing ministries in Alberta is largely unknown.

Why Choose Parish Nursing Alberta?



I belong to PNA because I believe in the values of the organization and have seen the benefit to churches who endorse this type of ministry in their congregations.



I belong to PNA because the role of parish nursing is not well understood by most people in the province. This Association, as a specialty practice group under CARNA, brings legitimacy to the role and support to parish nurses throughout Alberta.



I am a Parish Nurse because I consider it a privilege to walk alongside those within both our church and greater community.  Many individuals in our society today are lonely, depressed, and grieving.  It is a blessing to be the hands, feet, eyes and ears of Jesus, through the lens of nursing.

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