I am a member of a growing Lutheran congregation. We have a lot of young famlies in our church (average age: 29) with more children in our Sunday school enrollment than in the local school district. I feel that our church would be ideal for a parish nursing program that focuses on pediatrics.
We also have at least 15 nurses in our congregation. I would love to start out by setting up a volunteer parish nursing program, with the nurses (myself included) volunteering a little time every week to answer questions for parents and to be available on a phone list for parents.
1) What are the liability issues for the church? Does the church need liability insurance?
2) In churches with established programs, does the church provide liability insurance for the nurses, or do they generally pruchase it individually?
3) The hospital where I work has a parish nurse outreach program. Has anyone had problems with hospital programs working with their church?
4) Can people recommend a book or two that are good resources for parish nursing?
Thanks a lot in advance!