Congregational Nurse Program
The concept of uniting both medical and religious professions in promoting wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. The CNP is designed to build on and strengthen capacities of individuals, families, and congregations to understand and care for one another in the context of their faith and their relationship to the broader society.
At Mission First:
The parish nurse offers health screening monthly on the second Monday from 4:30 pm until the service begins, including blood pressure and glucose monitoring.
The nurse serves as a personal health counselor to clients who come for screenings to:
a. Discuss new and/ or chronic disease
b. Discuss lifestyle changes to improve well being
c. Review medications and discuss indications and possible side effects
d. Assess and discuss issues with family dynamics in caring for young children up to older adults
e. Assess and discuss issues with the aging process, safety measures within the home, connect to community resources to stay within the home setting, or possible placement issues
f. Discuss end of life issues; Advanced Directives, Health Care Power of Attorney, physical, mental and spiritual aspects of dying
The parish nurse provides a monthly bulletin board and offers CPR and AED training.