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Parish Nursing

 

God's Work Our Hands

Congratulations to all involved in Prince of Peace's God's Work our Hands video for winning the ELCA's contest!
 
 
Parish Nursing

God’s Work: Our Hands

 

Parish Nursing strives to connect our stories to God’s story. The following scenes shown in the God's Work Our Hands Parish Nursing video make use of story, symbol and ritual to share the ways parish nursing can be life enhancing. Let’s unpack the captions to each scene.

 

Lift Hearts in Prayer - points to the parish nurses role in coordinating how we talk and listen to God through prayer chains, prayer workshops and individual prayer. These hands come together around the waters of baptism where we find our unity and our connection to one another.

 

Communicate the Truth - The scene is Ash Wednesday and the words echo, “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” Some of our deepest needs are to touch and be touched, heal and be healed, forgive and be forgiven.

 

Grasp Health Points to wellness programs enjoyed by small groups such as these women in the Faithfully Fit Forever class. Sometimes the whole congregation supports one another in exercise through walking and wellness programs we named, “Thirty Good Minutes,” “Soul Steps,” “Journey to Bethlehem” and the “Sabbath Experiment: Living Life 24/6.”

 

Gently Caress the Fragile This scene show the ministries of prayer shawls (prayerfully knitted hugs from God). Parish nurses and church members bring the caress of the church to hospital rooms, home visits to the ill, the dying and the recovering. Gentle caresses are found in the infant loss blankets made for area hospitals and in ongoing grief support groups held at church which are open to all in the community.

 

Set Things Right Making sure things are in order is a good practice be it blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, health counseling or facilitating advance directives and planning for other end of life issues. Parish nurses guide persons in putting their life in order.

 

Connect Playfully Parish nurses organize the annual middle school girls sleep over teaching teens and pre teens about the changes going on with their bodies. Parish nurses also teach our pre-schoolers about germs and dental care and they sing and dance with young people at Vacation Bible School providing band aids for the scrapes and bruises that occur when young people gather together.

 

Weave Community-   We see the window washers who are part of “Neighbors in Action”- a state grant funded program made up mostly of volunteers in the community to care for our elderly and disabled ‘neighbors’ to help them live as long as possible in their homes, safe and with increased quality of life. This community program was built off the volunteer program that nurses began at Prince of Peace and today many of POP members are both recipients and volunteers of the NIA program.

 

Nursing with Faith- Parish Nurses are experienced professional registered nurses practicing nursing in a faith based setting; helping others to see the interdependency of their body, mind and spirit. Spirituality book club, prayer at the bedside of the ill, participating in healing services, prayer workshops and funerals, are examples of nursing with faith.

 

Welcoming New Life - home visits to our newest members are a favorite task for parish nurses. Nurses provide a point of contact distributing new parent resources and inviting baptismal planning.

 

Touch the Holy- acknowledging that everyone is holy and honored and loved, no matter what their situation parish nurses set up meals for people home recovering from a hospitalization. This ensures that people are fed with good food and fed with the gift of community.

 

Fit Our Neighbor’s Hand - The group handshake is made up of members of the La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership whose vision is “to be the healthiest community ‘anywhere’ where people feel useful, valued and have purpose”- a partnership with local businesses, church, school, health facilities, community members. This is a wonderful example of sharing health ministries beyond church doors.

 

Honoring Our Fathers and Mothers - Parish nurse ministries look toward the elderly and ask: How are they doing? Are their children serving them? When they are old and lying down, do their children come and sing them songs? Parish nurse ministries include accompanying elderly or disabled members of our community to doctor appointments, being a health advocate during doctor appointments when individual has displaced family or are alone, facilitating transition to an assisted living or nursing home facility.

 

To view the video, go back to the home page and click on God's Work Our Hands.    

 

Denine’s song from the video, “Someday Soon” is available to the public! Go to www.deninelibkerood.com for more information on her upcoming beautiful CD!

 

If you would like more information on starting your own Parish Nursing program in your church, go to the International Parish Nurse Resource Center website. 

www.IPNRC.com

 

 
Dear Friend,
I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with
even as your soul is getting along well.    
 3 John 1:2
 
 

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2011 )
 
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