Region 2 includes Sierra Pacific, Southwest California, Pacifica Synod, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain Synods.
"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Deborah is originally from Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1999. She received her BSN from University of Detroit Mercy and has worked as an RN for over 37 years. While in Michigan she was active in her church, St. Peters Lutheran Church where she was involved in Stephen Ministry and in volunteer nursing activities. As nurse in Michigan she worked in ICU, Hospice, Homecare and did volunteer work at a domestic violence shelter, Salvation Army Homeless Shelter and AIDS Interfaith Network.
After moving to Arizona in 1999, she worked at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as the Pediatric HIV Nurse Coordinator from 1999-2015. While at Phoenix Children’s Hospital she served on the Nurse Practice Council and was the representative on the Phoenix Metropolitan Area HIV/AIDS Ryan White Planning Council. She also had the privilege of working extensively with refugee populations from all over the world with spiritual and psycho-social needs in addition to their medical needs.
She has been a member of Spirit of Grace since 1999 and has been coordinator for CPR/AED training, blood pressure team, Stephen Ministry, Advent Giving Tree and has served on the church council. Deborah has been on staff at Spirit of Grace in a part time paid position as the Faith Community Nurse since January 1, 2019.
She completed Faith Community Nurse training in 2007 and updated her training in 2018 through Duet Congregational Health Services. She is an instructor for the Foundations of Community Nursing course at Duet for the mental health and grief modules
In Golden, CO, we have a thrift shop/food bank that our Church helps support with food all through the year. However, this Spring, we not only started a food drive amongst ourselves, but many of us asked our friends and neighbors to help out. The response was great. Some even gave large donations of money, so the Christian Action Guild could buy those items that were needed that hadn’t been donated. While the Church is closed, we can remain the hands, feet and voice of our Lord in our hurting world!
There are many ways we can reach out to those in our communities, our country and our world. Please share, either on our webpage or in our newsletter, ways in which you and others are dealing with this pandemic. You may spark an idea for someone looking for a way to help!
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR STARTING A PARISH/FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE MINISTRY!!
Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA
We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations who would like to start or develop a parish nurse ministry within their faith community. Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide start-up funds for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 as a start-up grant.
We are asking for your assistance in publicizing the information to Lutheran congregations. Grant applications are due by December 1st, 2020 via an electronic submission process. The awards will be announced by within a month of receipt of application with funds issued within the 30 days of approval of the grant. Application forms are available on the ELPNA.org website.
For more information and application form: http://elpna.org/news/news-events.php
The following are Educational Partners with the Church Health Center and provide the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course. As you will notice, there are several courses scheduled at this time, but included is the contact information for the course coordinator for each site. You can contact them directly for dates of the next course.
1. Arizona: Contact person there is: Ann Varner. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org The course is September 17-19, and October 1-3. Cost is $350. The course will be all virtual
~ Hoag Health, Orange County, Contact Person: Susan Johnson, email@example.com, Phone: 949-764-6594. Hoping to resume Foundations Courses in 2021.
~ Steps to Empowerment, Contact Person: Marion DePuit, firstname.lastname@example.org
~ John Muir Health, Contact Person: Marion DePuit, Marion. email@example.com
~ Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Contact Person: Alijandra Cruz-Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing, Contact Person: Deborah Ringen, email@example.com
3. New Mexico - No current program
4. Utah - No current program
4. Wyoming - Wyoming Health Council, Contact Person: Sue Tardif, firstname.lastname@example.org
No Current program, but Sue is working on it.
We would like to identify all Lutheran parish nurses working in congregations of Region Two. Please send an e-mail with your information to Karen so she can keep an updated list of Lutheran parish nurses in this region.
We have available money to provide displays for synod meetings if you are interested in presenting the concept of parish nursing to various groups within your synod. Just let us know how we can help.