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- Nov 26, '04 by nightingaleSo Ren, what about starting your own Parish Nursing. Perhaps, it may be feasible to go in, as an Entrepreneur, devise a program, have scholarships for those who can not pay etc... and charge a nominal fee. I have "thought of this" but am too distracted as I progress in my own career growth.
Tis worth some research and I would also check into the benefit of "non-profit status" in your state and paying your own salary; this is what businesses do.
- Nov 29, '04 by RetiredMSNHello Ren,
I know exactly what you are talking about when it comes to income related to Parish Nursing. I caught the fever 11 years ago. Since I live in a small town, I knew the possibility of making a living at it was nil. However, I did begin to read everything I could get my hands on. In addition, one of my jobs was in a medical center offering a Parish Nurse course, and I even participated in that. After retiring, I started a congregational health program in my own church, with the full backing of the pastor and Leadership Team. I am not, and do not wish to be, called "The Parish Nurse," since I am now retired. Rather I chair the Congregational Health Committee, with the goal in mind to assist with eventually hiring a part time nurse to head up the program, working with the CH Committee.
Suggestion: On one of your vacations, schedule yourself to take a Parish Nurse course. If you get on the web, type in Parish Nurse in the search box, you'll find all kinds. There are even correspondence and internet courses. This is what you need initially. Then, your chances will be greater for finding a job. Many large medical centers hire nurses to work in their Parish Nurse programs....they contract with churches to provide that service.
God Bless you as you progress....don't lose your vision. RetiredMSN
- Nov 30, '04 by renerianGood ideas from both of you and thanks. I never thought of starting my won program..........huhh. You have given me something to think about it.......
The coursework is a good idea as well.
Thanks all of you who replied!
- Oct 25, '05 by mlynnHello everyone,
I am an RN (ADN) working as a case manager in hospice. I love my job and have felt called to it since the beginning. Lately, though, I have been really drawn to the idea of parish nursing. It sounds like most of you don't make a living as parish nurses, but have found a way to integrate your faith into your work.
My question is.. Do you ever get negative feedback from your employers when it comes to the spiritual needs of your patients? I'm very fortunate that in hospice there are usually spiritual aspects to the care we provide.
I also wondered if there were any certified parish nurses out there who worked in hospice.
I am new to this forum and to the concept of parish nursing...so any info will be very appreciated.:angel2: