Health Ministry

Parish Nurse Education

Encouraging Christ-centered wellness for church workers and laity


What is Parish Nursing?

The parish nurse is a registered nurse who is committed to — and, on a broad level, is an integral part of — the concept of LCMS Health Ministry. 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 the parish nurse attend a special preparation program for parish nursing.

Opportunities for basic preparation and continuing education are available within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You might consider the following sources of Lutheran parish nurse preparation:

 

Lutheran Parish Nurse Education


Parish Nursing Certificate — In-person intensive

Faith Community Nursing Certificate — Fully online

 

Alternative and Distance Educational Opportunities

Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nurses 3rd ed. (2017) identifies specialized education as a prime requisite for anyone who practices as a parish nurse. This education can vary in depth, but there are minimal standards.

Health Ministry recommends parish nurses within the Synod complete a parish nurse course that includes theology taught by an LCMS clergy as minimal preparation.

Contact the LCMS Church Information Center for information on opportunities for parish nurse education and/or for international inquiries about Lutheran Parish Nurse Training.

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