As a parish nurse, I will be happy to address your questions.
Parish nursing is a specialty area of nursing, and, as with all specialties, requires specific qualifications for those entering parish nursing. The person must be a registered nurse, with at least 2-5 years of experience where skills have been developed for health assessment and problem-solving. These skills and experiences will aid the parish nurse with assessment of health status, health needs, and collaboration with health agencies. The parish nurse must also complete a parish nurse basic preparation course for this specialty practice, which is recognized by the American Nurses Association.
Although the parish nurse may collaborate with a home health agency and other health agencies to meet the needs of the client (in this case, a member of a faith community), the parish nurse is usually under the umbrella of a larger health system, such as a hospital. The parish nurse usually works within a specific congregation, but also may be called upon to meet needs of those in the community.
The parish nurse is not a primary caregiver, but serves as a bridge between the church and the healthcare system. The parish nurse, in the role of patient advocate, may communicate directly with a physician either in the home or hospital setting to assist in care for the client.
For information about the typical day for a parish nurse, you may go to A Typical Day for this Parish Nurse - Nursing for Nurses
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