184 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Binghamton, NY 13901
Integrator of Faith and Health:
Assists parishioners to achieve higher levels of wellness by
improving both spiritual and physical health.
Provides opportunities for the congregation to learn about
health issues, individually, and in groups.
Discusses health concerns, emphasizing early response to small
problems, and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes.
Provides referral to healthcare and social services within the
Speaks out to help members of the congregation or community
obtain needed health-related services.
Developer of Support Groups:
Facilitates the development of support groups for the faith
community and others served.
Recruits, prepares, and oversees congregational volunteers who
help those in need.
Philosophy of Parish Nursing
- Specialty practice and professional model of health
- Reclaims the historic roots of health and healing found in many
- Live out the early work of monks, nuns, deacons, deaconesses,
church nurses, and traditional healers
- Spiritual dimension is ESSENTIAL to parish nursing
- All persons are sacred, must be treated with respect and
- Serves, advocates, assists, supports, coordinators, integrates,
educates, councils, advises, and develops
- Health is a dynamic process - embodies spiritual,
psychological, physical, and social dimensions of a person
- Focus of practice is the faith community and its
- Collaborates with clerical staff and congregants
- Source of health and healing
- Partners with other community health resources
- Fosters new and creative responses to health and wellness
Intentional integration of practice of faith with nursing
practice So people may achieve wholeness in, with and through
community of faith in which nurse serves.
- Challenges the nursing profession to reclaim spiritual
dimension of nursing care
- Challenges the health care system to provide whole person
- Challenges the faith community to restore its healing
Access to a parish nurse ministry in every faith community
Beatitudes for the Parish Nurse
Blessed be the Parish Nurse for being caring,
Available and accessible to most faith communities,
Knowledgeable about community resources
and the process of referral, cost effective,
Has a high tolerance for ambiguity,
Has a generalist education and previous
employment that have resulted in a broad variety of skills,
Has a generosity of spirit, both of time and talent,
Focuses on priorities,
A believer in God, clients, nursing, herself,
and in a better world here and hereafter!