In Community Health Ministry, the Parish nurses promote health and wellness through seven key roles:

Health Educator:  Parish nurses offer classes and support groups on a variety of health-related topics.

Personal Health Counselor: Parish nurses meet with individuals and families – at church, home, hospital or other facilities – to discuss health concerns.

Referral Agent and Liaison with Congregational and Community Resources: Parish nurses provide referrals to both congregational and community resources.

Facilitator of Volunteers:  Parish nurses coordinate volunteers and other resources within the congregation to serve in various health ministries.

Health Advocate:  Parish nurses listen to and support individuals and families in need of health care resources.  When needed, parish nurses connect them with appropriate services and serve as their voice when they are in need of help.

Developer of Support Group:  Parish nurses help support groups for the congregation and the local community when needed.  The congregational needs assessment helps to determine if support groups are needed.

Integrator of the faith/health relationship: Parish nurses help individuals understand how body, mind and spirit are closely related.

The seven key roles are central to THE WESTBERG MODEL for Parish nursing, as developed by Lutheran Pastor Rev. Granger Westberg in Chicago in the early 1980’s.

                                                        - Tryn Brondyke RN, LMSW, PN

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