Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

Prevent Falls

A tip on fall prevention: Whether indoors or out, if you are going to bend over to pick up something from the floor or the ground on a slope (no matter how slight) be sure to point your body up towards the top of the slope. Don’t lean over pointing down the hill or driveway, for example! Doing that gives gravity an assist in causing you to fall forward. We all need to write this 100 times: “Don’t bend over to pick something up when I am facing down hill!” 

 

Compassionate Friends Support Group

If you are a member (or a friend) of a family that has suffered the death of a child, The Compassionate Friends is here to help you and provide support for the family. www.compassionatefriends.org Meeting Location: MVPC Chapel, Rosie Walisever, Chapter Leader rosiewalisever@gmail.com  Meeting Thursday 3/21/19 and monthly on each 3rd Thursday at 7pm. This group promises to be a Godsend.

Health Ministry Mission Statement:

The MVPC Parish Nurse Program is a faithful response to Christ’s call to the ministry of health, healing and wholeness. This Parish Nurse Ministry focuses on the wellness of parishioners in body, mind and spirit, while practicing confidentiality, respect and Christian compassion.
 

The Parish Nurse Program at MVPC:

The Parish Nurse Program at MVPC began in September 2016, after much prayer and investigation of parish nursing and health ministries needs. The MVPC Parish Nurse role was defined with a new job description and an office space for the Parish Nurse was opened in 2016. To contact the Parish Nurse, please call the church office at 702-341-7800. Volunteers for Health Ministry are always welcome.
 
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
 
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord…”

 

New team members 

We are excited to introduce three new Health Ministry Team Members! Dian Ward, RN has come on board, and is coordinating the Blood Pressure Screenings. Pat Youmans, who has experience in counseling, and Paula Anderson who has a history of working in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s, are working on some helpful things for us in those areas. 
 

Confidentiality

All communications and conversations between the Parish Nurse and members will be treated in a confidential manner consistent with standards of nursing and pastoral care. No information will be divulged to staff, family, or other health care professionals without the consent of the parishioner.
 

What is Parish Nursing?

Parish Nursing has been defined by the American Nurses Association as “a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing which focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community…its mission and ministry to its members…and the community it serves.”

What are examples of Parish Nursing?

Health Counseling

A member of the congregation is diagnosed with diabetes. She has a number of questions about this condition and especially her new diet. The Parish Nurse could meet with her to review in more detail things that her physician told her about diabetes. The Parish Nurse may believe that a consultation with a dietitian or nutritionist would be valuable to this person, and may arrange a referral through the family doctor.
Pregnant, nursing, or new mothers may have questions or need support. The Parish Nurse is available for them. A youth or teen of the church, or their parents, may have questions regarding sexuality, drugs, alcohol abuse, depression, suicide prevention and more. The Parish Nurse is available to discuss these issues in a private, professional and strictly confidential manner. Referrals may be offered, as necessary.
Men’s and Women’s health issues are discussed privately and confidentially. Advocacy, support, referrals and spiritual support are all offered by the Parish Nurse.
 
Individual meetings may be scheduled with the Parish Nurse to assist a parishioner with sorting through the grieving process, stress, depression, other mental health or addiction issues, understanding their medications, etc. Once the issue is addressed, appropriate referrals may then be made as needed.
 

Blood Pressure Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings are offered periodically to the congregation by the Health Ministry team and volunteer nurses. Health Education Several members may have voiced questions about a specific health issue. The Parish Nurse might organize a small discussion/support group in response.
 

Health Education

Several members may have voiced questions about a specific health issue. The Parish Nurse might organize a small discussion/support
group in response.
 
Various classes and programs addressing health issues may be offered to MVPC members and the community. An article is written for the monthly Messenger Newsletter.
 

Liaison with Other Church Volunteer Groups

The Parish Nurse works closely with the Pastor, Deacons and staff of the church. Being aware of the many volunteer groups within MVPC available to the congregation, the Parish Nurse can facilitate referrals to the appropriate group leaders within the church to address the parishioner’s needs.
 

Liaison with community programs and health professionals

The Parish Nurse serves as a resource person and an advocate for parishioners and their families.
 

Visitation

The Parish Nurse makes visits to parishioners in the hospital, hospice, rehabilitation or extended care facilities and/or home. Phone visits are also utilized. Parish Nurse’s visits are in addition to the visits done by the MVPC Pastor.
 

What is NOT a function of the Parish Nurse?

The Parish Nurse does not provide services that require a doctor’s order, such as changing dressings, giving medications or intravenous fluids. She does not duplicate existing services such as home health or hospice care. The Parish Nurse Program does not maintain a clinic in the church.