Parish nursing - at a glance
The most common work performed by parish nurses includes:
- Counseling clients about personal health problems. Common
concerns are parenting issues, medications and choosing and communicating with
health care providers.
- Education, with a focus on wholistic health. Parish nurses
provide information through seminars, workshops and printed materials on topics
such as first aid, nutrition, exercise and prevention/treatment of specific
- Advocating for clients within the health care system. The nurse
may accompany a client to the doctors office or emergency room, or make
phone calls to set up appointments.
- Screenings for hypertension, vision, hearing, scoliosis and
other conditions. The nurse may then provide follow-up if problems are
- Directing people to health-related resources in the community,
such as social services and informational organizations.
- Developing support groups within the parish and the community.
- Coordinating health ministry volunteers. The use of volunteers
not only lightens the nurses own workload, but takes advantage of
parishioners expertise to create a multifaceted ministry.
National Catholic Reporter, June 7,