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Parish Nursing Program

Parish Nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as a specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry.

The Western Maryland Health system instituted a Parish Nurse Program on September 24, 1997.  It has grown into a thriving program, with 46 churches participating in our tri-state area of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  The program carries the WMHS mission and values into the community, by promotion of health and wellness for the mind, body, and spirit.

What is a Parish Nurse?

A parish nurse is a licensed registered nurse with a minimum of two years’ experience.  The focus of practice is the faith community and its ministry to the broader community.  A licensed practical nurse may also serve as a parish nurse under the direct supervision of a licensed registered nurse.  The parish nurse assists and supports individuals, families and faith communities in addressing health concerns, well-being and healing in the absence of a cure.  The parish nurse role reclaims the historic roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions.

What does a Parish Nurse do?

A parish nurse understands health to be a dynamic process which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical and social dimensions of the person.  The practice holds that all persons are sacred and are to be treated with dignity, respect, and confidentiality.  A parish nurse works closely with clergy and a health cabinet.

Can I become a parish nurse?

Yes, with basic preparation coursework provided by Western Maryland Health System you can lead an effective ministry.  Contact the parish nurse office for further information.

Lyn Strawser, RN, MSN
Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse Ministry Coordinator

Parish Nursing Ministry
Western Maryland Health System
P. O. Box 539 (WOC-2nd floor)

12501 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21501-0539

Phone: 240-964-8421
Fax: 240-964-8415
E-mail: estrawser@wmhs.com 


Recent Stories about Parish Nursing:

Parish Nurse Program Commissions First Class of Foundations Course Graduates (Click HERE)

WMHS Parish Nursing Program Celebrates 15 Years of Service (Click HERE)



Faith Community Nurses/Parish Nurses Health Ministers

WMHS CONNECTION TO HEALTHIER CONGREGATIONS

The WMHS Parish Nurse Program is committed to forming partnerships with faith communities that seek to develop health ministries.  The goal is to promote health and healing from a whole person perspective - body, mind and spirit.  It serves the tri-state region of Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania and is available to all faiths.  Nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as a specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry.

What is a Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse(FCN/PN)?

  A FCN/PN is a licensed Registered Nurse with a minimum of two years experience, who practices in a faith community.  FCN/PN assist congregational members to gain and/or maintain optimal mental, physical, and spiritual health by serving as:

  • An integrator of faith & health
  • A health advocate
  • A Referral agent
  • A Health educator                    
  • A trainer of volunteers
  • A health counselor                                           
  • A developer of support groups 

What is a Health Minister?

A health Minister is a retired nurse with an inactive license, other health-care professional, clergy, a person with a healthcare background, and lay person who desires to promote health and wellness, prevent disease and facilitate healing and wholeness in a faith-based setting.  The Health Minister serves under the direction of the Registered Nurse. 

Complementary Roles

Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers have complementary roles.  They may work together or apart in a congregational setting or with the community-at-large, based on varying models.  Each role is supervised and supported by the WMHS Parish Nurse Coordinator.  While Parish Nurses and Health Ministers act as a vital link between the faith and medical communities, they do not directly provide medical/nursing care.

WMHS Parish Nursing Program offers:

  • Health-related lending library 
  • Partnership in ministry 
  • Liaison of community resources 
  • Collaboration and support

Want to know more? Please contact:

Lyn Strawser, RN, MSN, FCN
Parish Nurse Program Coordinator
Western Maryland Health System
12501 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21501
Phone: 240-964-8421
Fax: 240-964-8415
E-mail: estrawser@wmhs.com 
Website: www.wmhs.com 

Recent Stories about Parish Nursing:

Parish Nurse Program Commissions First Class of Foundations Course Graduates (Click HERE)

WMHS Parish Nursing Program Celebrates 15 Years of Service (Click HERE)


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