Educational Preparation in Canada

Taylor Seminary-College

The Parish Nurse Institute at Taylor Seminary is an intensive professional development course for Registered Nurses seeking to develop their skills for this ministry of compassion through a local church.

The Parish Nurse Institute is offered by the E.P. Wahl Center, part of Taylor College and Seminary (Edmonton, AB) in cooperation with the Parish Nurses Alberta Specialty Practice Group.

The course runs bi-annually on the odd years (scheduled May 24-31, 2019)

The Institute’s 8 day course will explore such issues as:

  • Introduction to Parish Nursing Theory
  • Theological Reflection
  • Spiritual Assessment and Pastoral Care
  • Healing and Worldview
  • Biblical Perspective on Suffering and Healing
  • Healing in the Christian tradition
  • Developing Rituals of Healing and Healing Services
  • Mental Health Issues
  • The Parish Nurse as a Teacher
  • Setting Up a Parish Nursing Practice
  • Working with Pastors and Volunteers
  • The Parish Nurse as a Referral Agent
  • Grief
  • Ethics
  • Legal Issues

11525-23 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB  T6A 3W1  780-431-5200

Foundations in Parish Nursing

Our Formation Program

This program is designed to introduce fundamental concepts of the practice of parish nursing, which has its basis in the Christian faith, and seeks health promotion with a preventative focus. It’s suitable for any registered nurse interested in integrating spirituality, health and wholeness into their nursing practice. This program meets the criteria of the Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry (CAPNM) Standards of Practice and Core Competencies

Includes a week long summer residency component: A week-long intensive program to introduce registered nurses to wholistic health care, spiritual healing and parish nursing as a ministry. As part of the education and personal growth aspects, the program incorporates knowledge sharing and prayer in a communal setting for a genuine camaraderie and friendship. Some reading and reflection work is required both prior to and following the summer residency.

Foundations Plus – second year component that will lead to certificate in Parish Nursing.  Please see website for more specific program information:

InterChurch Health Ministries

Practicum and Mentor Relationship

Classroom theoretical content is followed by a 6-month practical experience within the congregational setting for each parish nurse taking the program. During this practicum, each student has access to an experienced parish nurse who acts as their mentor. This support is key to the student having a meaningful, positive experience as expressed by former parish nursing students themselves. This relationship is effective in collaborative problem solving and the day to day ‘how to’ of building a trust relationship with members of the nurse’s congregation.

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