Community Parish Nursing Program
The Carle Center for Philanthropy sponsors the Community Parish Nurse Program to draw a closer link between faith and healthcare communities. Regardless of faith or religious affiliation, any registered nurse who is a member of a congregation is invited to be a faith community nurse.
Faith community nurses collaborate with faith community leaders to form partnerships with other community health resources. Though they do not provide direct medical care, they are a source for preventive and restorative care. They encourage individuals, families and congregations to be active partners in their personal health and foster an environment of understanding and support.
Roles of a faith community nurse include:
- Integrator of faith and health, using their knowledge in both areas to clarify issues and reinforce the strong tie between faith and health.
- Health educator, providing educational programs to the congregation such as health screenings and illness prevention.
- Health counselor, providing individual health counseling services in the home or long-term care facility.
- Navigator/patient advocate, helping congregants find their way through healthcare systems.
- Referral agent, finding resources and making referrals to agencies, organizations and support services to improve the member’s quality of life.
Religious organizations are also encouraged to participate in the program to help our communities become healthier.
The Carle Community Parish Nurse Program represents 83 towns across 31 counties in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. To become a faith community nurse, contact program director Faith Roberts, RN, MSN, at (217) 326-2683.
Learn more about the Community Parish Nurse Program at parishnurse.org.
Carle-Nursing Center for Excellence is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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