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Welcome to the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association!  We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health in the ministry of parish nursing.  Here you will find information about parish nursing, tools to assist you in your ministry, as well as updates on our progress and activities. May God bless you with peace and joy!

Rising News

Grant Submission!

Yes! ELPNA has submitted our first grant proposal for the American Nurses Foundation "Reimagining Nursing Initiative" grant. Our vision is to pursue the outcomes of Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse interventions within a standardized BP Clinic. 350 proposals were submitted and only 11 will be funded. Although we truly believe in the importance of this work, it would most likely be a miracle for us to be awarded. However, the foundation of this proposal may become the next steps within ELPNA! Watch and see, or let us know if you are interested in working on related projects! You can contact Carol DeSchepper, Executive Director at cjdeschepper@gmail.com  to volunteer!

Snip & Sketch

We have just added a new ELPNA Edge tip sheet to help you use Snip & Sketch, which is a Microsoft application free with Windows 7, 8, or 10-so it is very common. Snip & Sketch is something we use to capture information to for use in communication and education. Check out the ELPNA Edge Snip & Sketch by clicking on the link.

Generally we will try to feature one of these initiatives on the website, but then accumulate them on our Members Only page for future reference.

Like and Follow us On Facebook!

Scroll down to the bottom of this page and visit us on Facebook.  Be sure to click the Like And Follow us on the Facebook page.  

Position Openings!

ELPNA will post Position Openings for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses on our website (see lower right corner). They will be featured under the Parish Nurse index tab and for now on our Home Page! To submit an opening, please submit the information to elpna.national@gmail.com

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The COVID Corner

Breakthrough Cases and Vaccinations

The information being reported on COVID-19 breakthrough cases may have you worried about your risk of acquiring the disease if you have been fully vaccinated. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were first administered in December 2020. The virus has changed since that time. The Delta variant is highly transmissible. Scientists monitoring the efficacy of the vaccines over time report that there have been breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated individuals.  But what the science continues to confirm is that those vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to suffer from severe illness or be admitted to the hospital. Vaccination against COVID-19 continues to prove the safest path to ending this pandemic.


Contributor:  Jeanine McGrath, RN, CCE, CD(DONA)/
Silver Spring, MD 20906-1042
Region 8

CDC Guidance for
Fully Vaccinated Individuals 
Updated September 1, 2021

If you have not had access to this information, please use the link below to access the newly updated CDC interim guidance for those who are fully vaccinated.  


Covid Vaccine Facts for Nurses
Another GREAT Resource 


The American Nurses Association is proud to partner with the American Nurses Foundation and other leading nurse and healthcare organizations to bring critical and current COVID-19 vaccine information to nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Bring your grief, fear and loss

Join The Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
for our second annual
Blue Christmas service via Zoom,
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 at 7 pm CT

As a community of women, we have committed ourselves to promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world. How can we do that for those who are sad or suffering this season? We will gather for prayer, reflection, and quiet music on the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere—the Winter Solstice—December 21. Register now to participate in the Blue Christmas Service

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

December is National
Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Two of the most celebrated dates in December — Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve — are also among the most dangerous. While drunk driving deaths typically represent around a third of all traffic fatalities, this increases to nearly 50% on December 24 and 31. And every single death is 100% preventable.

Encourage everyone to take personal responsibility this holiday season by making a plan for a safe ride home before the celebrations begin. Find out more about the Tie One On for Safety campaign and access important resources at www.madd.org.


  • Put safety before the party, plan ahead and always designate a non-drinking driver
  • Never ride with someone who is impaired
  • Choose to be the non-drinking designated driver
  • Host parties that include mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages and provide alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who choose to drink

Together, we can put an end to this 100 percent preventable crime and make this holiday season safer for our loved ones on the roadways.

Advent Prayer

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!'

- Henri J.M. Nouwen