the 2003 Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Improving Community
Dimensions of the Parish Nurse
The Parish Nurse Philosophy
Community Parish Nurse Program
Communities Served by the Parish Nurse
Other Parish Nurse Programs
February 9 & 10
March 2 & 3
Class includes both weekends†
Additional online class work required
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
Referral Agent, finding resources and making referrals to agencies,
organizations and support services to improve the memberís quality of
Developer of Support Groups, initiating and
organizing groups designed to assist the participants with a specific
Trainer of Volunteers, perhaps most
importantly, recruiting and training volunteers to provide assistance.
arish nursing 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
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.
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 become healthier.
Carle Foundation Hospital is approved as a
provider of continuing education in nursing by the Ohio 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,
Other Parish Nurse
Advocate Health - www.advocatehealth.com/parishnursing
Westberg Institute for Faith Community
Nursing (A Ministry of Church Health) - https://westberginstitute.org/