Hello. I've been intrested in parish nursing for a long time. Some time ago, we were filling prescriptions for mentally ill patients that looked like it came from a catholic community center and thought thats a really great idea to be able to help a comunity like that. Anyways, I have been searching the net and couldnt find such places in my area.
1. What types of services do you have in your parish? Anything like emergent care or mental health of sorts in your church? I heard that some congregations would even contact the primary care and inquire about a pt's status/medicatione etc. Help with arranging insurance applications etc.
2. Do you get paid? Is it like a 24/7 job that people call you all the time?
3. Your primary role, is it a nurse or a ministry person? Are you actually required to do ministry work while in the field? Ive heard some say that pt's request prayers recited with the nurse. That seems ok, but do you actually preach the gospel? What kind of other spiritual guidance do you do with your patients?
4. Lastly, what are some of the problems you have encountered while working as a p.nurse? What would you like to see happen in parish nursing?