WELCOME to REGION 6!!
Region 6 includes:
Norah Bertschy, Cincinnati, OH
About Mary Ann
Currently, I am a Registered Nurse who has volunteered as Chair/Parish Nurse of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection’s Health Ministry program since its inception in 2002 and with the Boy Scouts of America. I graduated from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana with my BSN in 1975, and pursued a Master’s degree. I have had an interest in Faith Community Nursing since the mid 1990’s and subsequently have taken 3 Fundamental courses. The most recent March 2014. I have been a member of the Episcopal Retirement Services Parish Nurse program since 1998-current and the ELPNA. Our church has participated in many of their programs over the years. My career has been predominately been in the Community Health arena, including Ambulatory Clinics, Public Health, Home Health, Occupational Health and Hospice. I find that my community health experiences has enhanced my ability to identify, and intervene in a variety of members’ needs and to provide and promote health and wellness programs.
I look forward to working with Norah Bertschy and Deloris Bills as a representative of Region 6 ELPNA Board to identify parish nurses and/or interested nurses, churches in our region and synod, then providing guidance and encouraging membership in ELPNA.
I am a new Parish Nurse, yet a RN with 48 years nursing. Isn’t that the brilliance of nursing!!! I completed my Foundations course in mid-2019 and was installed as the first Parish Nurse at Trinity Lutheran, Cincinnati last October.
My initial nursing education was at a wonderful diploma program – a 1972 graduate of Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing in Akron, OH. Upon graduation, I then served 2 years in the Navy at Philadelphia Naval Hospital.
Upon returning to Ohio in 1974 I resumed a civilian life, nursing in a community hospital working in Med-Surg, Pediatrics, OB, infection control and employee health – oh the versatility of nursing! Along the way I completed my BSN – thanks to the GI bill. And then in 1995 I completed an MSN in Child and Adolescent Primary Care and became a PNP. Both degrees were earned at the University of Akron.
Our family moved to Cincinnati in 1998, to enable me to work as a PNP to serve the underserved in school – based public health programs, eventually living the dream of providing primary care in a full-fledged School Based Health Clinic. I retired from fulltime employment in 2018.
I re-affiliated with the Navy Reserve in 1989 and retired with 24 years of service in 2011. I actually did see the world – joining military medical teams in Thailand, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Gabon-Africa, and in 2010 on the USNS Comfort providing care to earthquake victims. A life lesson of traveling the world; we are so much more alike than we are different!
Becoming a Parish Nurse is a realized desire of my heart since the 1980s when I met Granger Westberg. And now finding our way through the Pandemic, I feel God has put me in the right place at the right time. Another life lesson; networking – it is so important to find kindred spirits, working with ELPNA!
I am blessed with a loving and extremely supportive spouse of 48 years, 3 adult children and 3 teenage grandsons.
Greetings to all our Region 6
Parish/Faith Community Nurses
You can find helpful resources for your church at the Church Health Center's website - www.churchhealth.org. If you are looking for a Foundations of FCN course, you can find information about the ones coming up there also.
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. 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 funds for start-up or development of a new focus in an existing parish nursing ministry, for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding.
A comment from a congregation that has a parish nursing ministry:
Pastor Cheryl Mathison – St. Philip the Deacon
We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon. Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways. We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.
We are asking for your assistance in publicizing the information to Lutheran congregations. Grant applications are due by May 1st, 2021 via an electronic submission process. The awards will be announced within a month of the deadline with funds issued within the 30 days of approval of the grant. Application forms are available on the ELPNA.org website.
We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote and support parish nurse ministry.
The ELPNA Scholarship & Grants Committee