What exactly is parish nursing? - page 2

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Can someone explain to me what this is exactly? If ther eis anyone in this field please tell me about it.... Read More


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    Parish Nursing,
    Is Parish Nursing a paid position? I am currently taking a community health class in my B.S. nursing program. We were just talking about Parish nursing and I got the impression it was a volunteer position in most areas?
    I think that RN's who are interested in this field should know this.
    Does anyone know for sure?
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    hdnacres, as one of the previous posts points out, most of the time being a Parish Nurse is volunteer. However, some medical centers and hospitals have programs where they arrange with churches to provide Parish Nurses over a period of time, usually 3-5 years. The medical center pays the salary of the Parish Nurse the 1st year, then in decreasing increments over the 3-5 years with the plan that the church will take over full salary by the end of that time. That's the catch. Many times churches just don't have budgets that will accommodate this type of staff member. So, if one wants to get paid to do this highly satisfying and rewarding type of nursing, you have to search for a large congregation that is committed to promoting the health of its congregation and understands the great value of the professional contributions of the Parish Nurse, or work for the medical center that contracts for the services.

    Some churches in my area actually pay for a part time Parish Nurse to be on their staff as an employee, with performance evaluations and the whole bit. However, probably 9 out of the 10 I know are volunteer. I am volunteer and probably put in 5-10 hours a week on a program I developed. It could easily become a full-time job, but I purposefully prevent it from becoming that. I am now taking a Basic Parish Nurse Preparation course that my church is paying for however, so progress is being made. At this stage of this field of practice, one really cannot make it a career until they're retired.

    Answer your question? RetiredMSN
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    RetiredMSN - Yes, you answered my question very well, thanks. This is truly a way to show one's dedication to nursing and also what a great way to keep on giving after retirement!
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    Parish nursing is not a masters level nursing, it is a certificate program that usually is offered by community colleges to the RN population. Check the internet though....
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    I have never heard of Parish Nursing, but after reading several threads and post, I must say that I am impressed.

    I think it's a wonderful thing to apply your skills to various ministries!
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    I too am interested in the role of the Parish nurse and what a fulfilling method in growing one's own sprituality and mission to nursing. My question:what have some of you found to be the most vulnerable populations in your parishes and how have you met those challenges?
    Thanks so much-Garnett
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    Quote from Garnett
    I too am interested in the role of the Parish nurse and what a fulfilling method in growing one's own sprituality and mission to nursing. My question:what have some of you found to be the most vulnerable populations in your parishes and how have you met those challenges?
    Thanks so much-Garnett
    Hello Garnett and welcome to allnurses and the Parish Nurse Forum.
    Most of my time as a Parish Nurse is spent ministering to the elderly in my congregation meeting their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs through hospital/home visitation, health and social agency referrals, education, health screenings, health counseling, etc. I would be glad to answer any further questions. You may post them here or you may pm me.
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    Would nuns in Catholic Healthcare settings be considered "Parish Nurses" or is this a speciality for which you have to have specific training in?

    Just curious.

    Though I'm not interested in becoming a Parish Nurse, I am interested to learn about all the different aspects of nursing positions/specialities.

    Thanks!
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    Most Parish Nurses are RN's who have received specific training.

    To find out more about Parish Nursing, read the stickies at the top of this forum. I would be happy to address any further questions about Parish Nursing here or through private message.


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