The parish nurse is a registered nurse who is committed to — and, on a broad level, is an integral part of — this concept of health ministries. He/she works with the members of the health ministry committee or health cabinet, helping and enabling people of the congregation and the community attain, maintain and/or regain optimal health.
Parish nursing is a unique blending of professional nursing and spiritual caregiving. We recommend that the parish nurse attend a special preparation program for parish nursing. Opportunities for basic preparation and continuing education are available within the LCMS. You might consider the following sources of Lutheran parish nurse preparation:
- Concordia University, Nebraska (402) 643-3651
- Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon 262-243-4233
For additional listings and program information, contact one or more of the following:
- Health Ministries Association 800-280-9919
- International Parish Nurse Resource Center 901-261-8833