Parish nursing, or the newer term ‘faith community nursing,’ has a long and successful history in its connection to the health and well-being of members in communities of faith. Our nurses share a half-time position as part of the pastoral staff at St. John’s. They coordinate Congregational Care and work with the pastors and lay leaders to help St. John’s be a place where health, healing, and wholeness are valued.
The nurses update the prayer list weekly, which helps prioritize visits and other ways the Congregational Care Team reaches out to our members. In their professional nursing role, they provide emotional and spiritual support, are available to members making health care decisions, actively listen to health concerns, make referrals to congregational and community resources, and act as a health resource to our members. This ministry has a significant impact behind the scenes on the overall wellness within our community of faith.