the 2003 Fred Graham Award for
Innovation in Improving Community Health
Dimensions of the Parish Nurse
The Parish Nurse Philosophy
Community Parish Nurse Program Sponsorship
Communities Served by the Parish Nurse Program
Other Parish Nurse Programs
Additional online class work required
Class includes all dates and online work
Faith Roberts, RN, MSN, program director at (217) 326-2683, or by email at faith.roberts@Carle.com.
egardless of faith or religious
affiliation, any registered nurse that is a member of a congregation is invited to be a
parish nurse. As parish nurses, registered nurses act as a vital link between the faith
and medical communities.
There are many dimensions to parish nurses. They play a variety of roles
including educator, counselor and advocate in their own faith family. And they are a
source for preventative and restorative care, ministering holistically to individuals and
families. One role parish nurses do not play is that of direct medical care provider.
The roles of the parish nurse include:
- Integrator of Faith and Health, serving as a "translator" between faith
and healthcare communities. With a knowledge base in both areas, many times the parish
nurse can clarify issues and or reinforce the strong tie between faith and health.
- Health Educator, providing educational programs to the congregation such as
health screenings and illness prevention.
- Health Counselor, providing individual health counseling services in the home or
long-term care facility.
- "Navigator" or "Advocate," assisting congregation
members in finding their way through healthcare systems.
- Referral Agent, finding resources and making referrals to agencies, organizations
and support services to improve the members quality of life.
- Developer of Support Groups, initiating and organizing groups designed to assist
the participants with a specific issue.
- Trainer of Volunteers, perhaps most importantly, recruiting and training
volunteers to provide assistance.
embraces the spiritual dimension of the nursing practice in addition to the physical,
psychological and social dimensions. In essence, parish nurses care for the body, mind and
spirit. Parish nurses collaborate with the their faith community leaders to form
partnerships with other community health resources.
Parish nursing services are designed to involve individuals, families and congregations
as active partners in their personal health. Through this involvement, nurses help empower
communities and foster an environment of understanding and support.
he Community Parish Nurse Program
has been initiated by The Carle Foundation to draw a closer link between the church and
healthcare communities. Through the training of parish nurses, the community addresses
both the physical and spiritual needs of the population served.
Religious organizations are
encouraged to participate in the program, assisting communities to
Hospital is approved as a provider of continuing education in
nursing by the Illinois Nurses Association's Continuing Education
Approver Unit which is accredited as an approver of continuing
education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
Commission on Accreditation.
Served by the Parish Nurse Program
Community Parish Nurse Program represents 32 counties in Illinois (Indiana and Missouri) -
Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cook, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Ford, Fulton (IN), Grant (IN),
Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingtston, Logan, Macon, Mason, Marion, McDonough,
McLean, Monroe, Piatt, Sangamon, Shelby, St. Louis (MO), Tazewell, Vermilion, Vigo (IN),
Wayne and Woodford.
Our 89 towns served include: Arcola, Argenta,
Atlanta, Bellflower, Bismark,
Bloomington, Bondville, Broadlands, Canton, Carlock, Casey, Catlin, Champaign, Charleston, Chenoa,
Chicago, Chrisman, Cissna Park, Cropsey, Danvers, Danville, Decatur, Effingham, El Paso,
Elmhurst, Fairbury, Fairfield, Farmer City, Fisher, Flanagan, Georgetown, Gibson City, Gifford,
Gridley, Hartsburg, Herscher, Heyworth, Homer, Hoopeston, Iuka, Kankakee, LeRoy, Lincoln, Loda,
Mackinaw, Mahomet, Mansfield, Marion (IN), Marshall, Mattoon, Milford, Monticello, Morris,
Morton, Mt. Pulaski,
Normal, Oakland, Onarga, Ottawa, Paris, Paxton, Philo, Pontiac, Rantoul, Ridgefarm, Rochester (IN), Rossville, Royal,
Sadorus, San Jose, Savoy, Springfield, St. Anne, St. Joseph, St. Louis (MO), Streator,
Terre Haute (IN), Thomasboro, Tilton, Tolono, Tower Hill, Tuscola, Urbana, Villa Grove, Washington,
Waterloo, Watseka, Weldon, Westville.
Other Parish Nurse Programs
Advocate Health -
Church Health Center (formerly International Parish Nurse Resource