Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse) is a specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as well as on the promotion of wholistic health and prevention or minimization of illness within the context of a faith or church community. Their work flows from the mission and vision of the congregation and supports the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing. They recognize spiritual health is at the core of a person’s well-being and offer a sense of hope for individuals with a disease, being aware that healing can happen without cure.
Community Health Nurses
At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, they follow patients, when asked by parishioner’s and family members and answer questions and concerns regarding their health needs. They are aware of community resources and refer to local agencies with approval of the client and family. They also follow patients to doctor appointments and share needs with families who are at a long distance.
They sponsor and assist in Vial of Life, Blood Pressure Checks, Advanced Care Planning, Donor Recognition Sunday, Blood Mobile Drives, shut ins for Communion, Prevention and health promotion articles in Scroll. Donated Medical Equipment by church members, such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers, and Outreach to neighbors, friends and the community regarding advice, support and Intervention as needed.
Betsy Kakoma RN and Sandy Reifsteck RN Faith Community Nurses- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church