Parish Nurse Education
Among the purposes in our Constitution and Bylaws are the objectives to promote fellowship and mutual support among the graduates of our (now-closed)
Please call Mary Ann Kieser, Treasurer, if you have any questions (320-252-3434).
The Central MN Parish Nurse Ministry Committee agreed to set aside money from its Spirit of Caring award to continue to provide scholarships of $250 for RN’s who want to attend parish nurse classes. Contact Annette Jesh for a scholarship guidelines and application. Funds limited.
The Catholic Education Ministries Grant generally covers about one third of tuition with the expectation that the parish and the awardee each pay one third. Application deadlines are January 15th, May 15th and August 15th. Processing and approval are usually completed within a five weeks. Please submit the completed grant application to:
Linda L. Kaiser
2012 Parish Nurse Course
Concordia College of Moorhead MN, Good Shepherd Community, and the Central Minnesota Parish Nurse Ministry Committee have developed a new partnership dedicated to parish nursing and for the first time, offered a basic parish nurse preparation course at Good Shepherd. 10 registered nurses came from near and far to participate in the course.
Instructor Photo (Left to right; Dr. Jean Bokinskie, Director of Parish Nurse Ministry Concordia College and Annette Langdon, Adjunct Facility Parish Nurse Ministry Concordia College)
The participants attended the five day course on June 4 – June 8. The program content included historical perspectives and philosophy of parish nursing, assessing congregational health needs, health promotion activities, active listening, legal issues and ethical concerns, caring for those experiencing grief and loss, and more. The course was led by Dr. Jean Bokinskie, Director of Parish Nurse Ministry Concordia College and Annette Langdon, Adjunct Facility Parish Nurse Ministry Concordia College. The course ended with a service of dedication as participants were named parish nurses.
The role of a parish nurse is to provide emotional, physical and spiritual support to congregation members. They visit members in their homes or hospital; educate members of the importance of the relationship between mind, body and spirit; provide health screenings; talk with members on health related issues; provide referrals for needed health services; and develop support groups.
Participants included: Ellen M. Chapin, St. Ignatius Catholic Church (Annandale); Tracey Fearon, Hope Lutheran Church (Hastings); Marjorie Henkemeyer, St. Joseph Catholic Church (St. Joseph); Ruth Hoyme, Christ Lutheran Church (Slayton); Ruth Juntune, Bayside Baptist Church (Superior, WI); Shelly Kremer LeBlanc, Celebration Lutheran Church (Sartell); Carolyn Neubauer, Living Waters Lutheran Church (Sauk Rapids); Joyce Simones, Mary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Rockville); Rosemary Weiser, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (Sartell); Judy Whitlock, First Presbyterian Church (St. Cloud).
If you or your congregation would like more information on this course, please contact the Parish Nurse Ministry Program at (218) 299-3825.