Parish Nursing

Parish nurses are registered nurses who have completed a special course that prepares the nurse to serve in a congregation or other church-related setting and to work in team ministry with the pastor. The parish nurse provides wholistic care for the person of any age. Parish nursing roles are health education, personal health counseling, liaison with the community, coordinator of caregiving volunteers, and integrator of faith and health. The specific tasks will vary according to the setting, but the roles remain the same.

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Webinar: Parish Nursing in Rural and Small Towns

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission hosted a free webinar titled “Parish Nursing in Rural and Small Towns” on Feb. 18, 2021. The presenter was Marcy Schnorr, education consultant for LCMS Parish Nursing and the LCMS Parish Nurse Council.

Parish Nurse Video Lecture: ‘Exercise in the Congregation’

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 80 percent of American adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise each week.

During August’s video lecture on “Exercise in the Congregation,” Ronda Anderson, R.N., parish nurse at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Janet Hitzeman, M.S.N., R.N., parish nurse at Faith Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Ind., discuss exercise and offer helpful information on how to start an exercise program in the congregation.

In particular, Anderson and Hitzeman focus on how the gifts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness given to us in Christ in our Baptism enable us to live healthy lives of love and service to our neighbor.


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