Parish Nurses have the unique opportunity to teach and encourage patients of all ages to become active partners in the management of their health care .
Parish Nursing services are designed to build and
strengthen the capacities of families, individuals and congregations
to understand and care for each other in light of their faith
traditions and relationship to the faith community.
A parish nurse is a licensed registered nurse who practices in a faith community and offers health and wellness services. Parish nurses assist congregational members to gain and /or maintain optimal mental, physical and spiritual health by serving as a:
Parish nursing is a specialty practice in nursing, recognized by The American Nurses Association. Educational participation for this specialty practice is strongly recommended.
Who can be a Parish Nurse?
Any registered nurse with a current license who embraces the concept that spiritual care is an important part of a person's wellness can serve as a parish nurse. Licensed practical nurses may serve as parish nurses under the direction of a registered nurse. They receive special training in the relationship between faith and health.
What do Parish Nurses do?
How do I become a Parish Nurse?
A parish nurse education program held annually is conducted by Washington County Health System, Inc. in cooperation with Hagerstown Community College.