Why would having a parish nurse matter? 

Parish nurses can ease the burden of care from pastoral staff as they counsel people with holistic health concerns (Exodus 18:21). Parish nurses offer a viable and sustainable response to the Christian traditions of healing ministries and practical care-giving. Parish nurses increase the social responsiveness of the church by being the hands and feet of Jesus.

The Essential Parish NurseABC’s for Congregational Health Ministry, Deborah Patterson (2003).

Newman, A. Health care from the pews:  Parish nurses take holistic approach to meet physical and spiritual needs. Special to Christian Weekly.  April 28, 2014.