Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

Hospital Visitation Team

Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of this valuable ministry. Change in time and place! Come to the introduction and brief training session Sunday June 23rd from noon to 1PM, meeting in the Parish Nurse office. This change offers more time for you to sign up to learn more about showing God’s love through your service to others. Interest/Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex on the Serve counter.
 
June is MEN’S HEALTH MONTH! This Sunday, Health Minister Tim Martin and Lee Miesner, RN will be “manning” a display table in the narthex near the church office for you, men. Please stop by to say hello, pick up a pamphlet or other handouts, and discuss health issue questions.
 
IN THE WORKS: Health Ministry, with the assistance of the Board of Deacons, is currently identifying those of our MVPC family who live alone, and especially those of us living alone who have no family in town to lend a hand. If this describes you, please notify the church office, one of your Health Ministry Team members or Parish Nurse Launa Ismail. More details to come.
 

Thoughts from Your Parish Nurse

 
Happy Flag Day, Father’s Day, and First day of summer! It’s a busy week that carries memories. Some of our younger members may not share this memory, but I expect most of our Adventurer’s-aged folks will. Spring Cleaning. Back in the day, this event was taken very seriously. If you lived through this event, or participated in it, you surely carry some vivid memories. Personally, I was not a fan. Whenever Mother proclaimed it was time to get started, we all knew we were in for several days of serious work! During Spring Cleaning, everything (every single thing!) was washed, vacuumed, scrubbed and polished as if our lives depended on it. Area rugs were hung outside on the clothes line and “beaten” with a special tool. All furniture was pulled out and moved away from walls. This was so the piece of furniture could receive detailed cleaning, and to provide access to the floors, base boards and walls which were all washed, along with the ceilings! There was a special playdough-like product used to clean wallpaper. Seriously. Air and heating vents, light fixtures, light switches and fans were also included in the cleaning blitz, along with curtains, drapes, windows and doors and their frames, and screens. Pantry, closets and cupboards and all contents, plus every room, the basement and fruit cellar, bathrooms, porches and awnings were on the list, too. I was thrilled that our attic didn’t make the list!! Oh, lucky was the household with many immediate family members. More hands made the jobs go faster!
 
Somewhere along the line, in-depth Spring Cleaning went by the wayside. Perhaps due to technology and improved cleaning tools, or perhaps when the driving force (our mothers and grandmothers) were no longer able to carry out their roles. Whatever the reason, I cannot say I miss the ritual. However, I can see the virtues. Killing germs, refreshing our living quarters, and making everything feel new… or at least really clean! So where am I going with this, besides down memory lane?
 
It reminds me that we can use some rituals regarding our homes and health. Spring is a good time to go through the pantries and food storage areas. Check expiration dates on the food labels. You may be shocked to see just how old some of your items are. For your own health and safety, toss the expired items out in the garbage. No food pantry should ever receive donated expired items! Medications and over the counter remedies need to be included. Do donate clothing and household items you no longer need or use. You will be blessing others.
 
Mental, physical and spiritual Spring Cleaning are also useful. Consider ways to clear the dust bunnies out of those areas of life. Find ways to exercise your mind and your body. Re-dedicate yourself to reading the bible, praying and using devotionals and other media. Make church attendance a priority. Get together with friends. Make new friends. Live life with a sense of wonder, thankfulness and faith. Praise God in all things and enjoy what He has created and created you for. Remember you are a child of God, and He loves you!
 
Blessings and health, Launa 


Emergency Contact Sheets

Please help us help you and yours. Having an emergency contact entered into our system allows the church to get in touch with someone you trust in case of emergency, be they local or out of town. Forma can be found in the Narthex. (I have sneaked them onto the Serve counter.)

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.