What are other roles of the Parish Nurse?
- provides support to the leadership team within the church especially when they are called upon to help people with health related issues
- meets the Standards of Practices and Core Competencies as outlined by CARNA (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta)
- conforms to the CAPNM Parish Nurse Core Competencies list
- integrator of faith and health
- health educator
- personal health counselor
- referral agent and liaison with congregational and community resources
- developer of support groups
- heath advocate
- responds to the health concerns of the people in her congregation and community
Professional boundaries for Parish Nurses
- 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
- 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
- The Parish nurse is not in competition for roles already in existence in a congregation.
When should you call your 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.