I just became a Parish Nurse, and like most people, I too have to earn a living so volunteering is out for me. In addition, I'm not affiliated with any church, preferring my own eclectic brand of spirituality to organized religion. So my ministry is where I already am, at the hospital.......I'm not paid extra to provide spiritual care, of course, but I do pray with patients at their request, I sit at the bedside (when I can) and allow them to vent, and I offer referrals to other religious or spiritual resources if the pt. chooses. At this time, it looks like I'm being groomed to replace our Parish Nurse Coordinator when she retires sometime in the next few years, which would be a wonderful position.....I'd still be close to the bedside, but no longer running the floors, plus I'd have the chance to really make a difference in people's lives (and deaths).
I think parish nursing is one of those things where you have to be prepared to use your imagination, and perhaps even create your own position.