How do you describe it?

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I need your help.

I've been asked to work on the second edition of "No Time to Teach?" I would like to add creative ways to explain complex medical stuff to lay learners. I'm sure every person reading this has at least one method they found works.

For example, when describing to a learner how the percussion and vibration of CPT (chest physiotherapy) works, I say it's like shaking Jell-o out of the mold.

Got it?

Please send me your personal favorite, with your name (with credentials) and job title. If I use your contribution, you'll be listed in the acknowledgments.


live4today, RN

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Since your posting came under Parish Nursing, does this mean you are a parish nurse? I am looking to talk to a Parish Nurse since I want to become one. Thanks, Renee.

Fran London

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No, I posted my question here because I want to understand the sorts of situations Parish Nurses experience. I want the new edition of my book "No Time to Teach?" to reflect the experiences of all nurses.


You might want to post your questions here, for Parish Nurses to respond to.

live4today, RN

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Thanks Fran for responding to my question about Parish Nursing.

I posted something about Parish Nursing once before here, but there never seems to be anyone who knows much about it, so I deleted the post.

I was able to find a website that gave me information about it though. The website is:

Check it out, it may help you in your research for writing your book, etc. Have a great day today, Fran! Bestnurse:)


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I have a colleague on my Labor and Delivery unit who is also a Parish Nurse. I will find out more information for you if you are still looking.

live4today, RN

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Susie K,

Please do, and thank you ever so much! I haven't met any Parish Nurses, and I would love to talk with one. Again, thank you. :)

nightingale, RN

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I too have been interested in Parish Nursing. I have heard of school around the country for them.

What I hope to be able to do at some point is incorporate this theory in a community environment. I am just out there with a dream and I keep my eyes and ears open to the oppourtunity... Keep us posted in this thread and let us now how you are doing with your dream.

In peace,

B :) :)

live4today, RN

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Thanks nightngale1998! I will do that! If you want to check out some more information on Parish Nursing, visit the following website:

If I find any others, I will let you know on this post. I will be searching the web for more information this morning myself. Also, I will visit the library to see what they might have on Parish Nursing. Stay tuned, and thanks again for your response. :)


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I have been lurking on the Parish Nursing off and on for a few weeks. I work as a parish nurse in a Catholic Church on the Gulf Coast. I took my training via Marquette University. One of their professors came down here to teach about 29 of us. One of your best resources on Parish Nursing will be the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Right now it is part of the Advocate Health system. I have it bookmarked at work so I don't remember the web address. Just do a web search and look for Advocate Health. We had 54 hours of training (all in one week). It is the best thing I have ever done.


live4today, RN

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Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Thanks emrettig for the parish nurse information. I will look into it further. :)


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There is also a book available named Parish Nursing - Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities. It is a handbook

that teaches you how to get a Health Ministry started, shows models of programs and how to develop your program. It is available from Sage Publications whose website is It has been a wealth of info for me.


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:p Fran, this sounds like a great book. I work in acute care at the hospital and I have a tough time getting an accurate description of pain from most patients who don't relate to the

pain scale of 0 - 10 or a card with faces. The most success I have is when I use a common example such as with a female - a "10" is the last stages of labor; with a male, a "10" is hitting your thumb with a hammer. It is very interesting to note how quickly a patient changes their real level of pain after hearing my description of "10".

Your book will be an asset in helping to explain procedures and

disease processes. I often use common household maladies to teach disease processes such as : clogged pipes for atherosclerosis and broken electric wire to explain neuropathy, etc.

Good luck with your project! Let me know when you publish!

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