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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!

The COVID Corner

Covid recovery program

NIH National Institutes of Health Turning Discovery into Health

The RECOVER Initiative brings together patients, caregivers, clinicians, community leaders, and scientists from across the nation to understand, prevent, and treat PASC, including Long COVID. This group is called the RECOVER Consortium.

Many of our parishioners and some parish nurses have had covid and now have symptoms that comprmise their lifestyle.  Follow this link to read more about this new initiative.


The Consortium represents and supports more than 100 researchers who are leading studies on Long COVID at more than 200 places around the country. These studies have a diverse group of participants, including adults, pregnant people, and children. 

Long COVID Is Real, and Many Real Questions Remain

We continue to hear much about the long term effects of Covid on the body.  I read repeatedly of the impact it has on the brain, the heart, the clotting mechanism of the body, and other major organs.  This link takes you to an excellent article by Damian McNamara, MA on long covid, what we still need to learn about it, and research being conducted to  understand the phenomenon.  


New CDC Guidance Regarding Covid and International Travel 

As of 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. For more information, see Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.

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.

Health Articles for your Congregation

June is National PTSD
Awareness Month

Are you looking for health articles to include in your congregation's newsletter?

You don't have to re-invent the wheel! Advocate Health Care is kind enough to allow us to post their monthly bulletin inserts on a variety of helpful topics. 

You can find more health articles and other helpful tools for ministry by clicking here:

Parish Nurse Ministry Tools page under Resources. 

ELPNA Board Member Contact Information

It is our desire that members of ELPNA to have full access to contact information for our Board Officers and Directors.  For security purposes we have added this information to the Member's Only page.  The Board List with contact information is now available.  Click on the Officer and Director Contact List link.

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.  

FREE Printable Resource: 

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events was developed in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This booklet provides practical guidance for caregivers—including parents, family members, teachers, clergy, and volunteers—on how to help support children after a traumatic event. This booklet provides readers with an overview of common reactions to violent acts, including a breakdown of common signs and symptoms by age. Concrete steps for caring for children’s emotional and spiritual needs in the wake of a traumatic event are also provided. 

To access and print the book click here

Position Openings

    • 07/11/2022
    • Hoag Hospital; Orange Co, CA


    Department:  Nursing
    Status:  Full Time
    Shift:  1st

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    The Health Ministries Outreach RN works within a specific area of Pastoral Care as Faith Community Nurses-FCNs serving as a spiritually-based health resource to the targeted community while promoting optimal bio, psycho-social, cultural and/or environmental dimensions of health. Provides administrative and development support to respective program including developing programs, policies, and evaluation. Identifies specific client, group or community needs, coordinates resources, and provides education to clients. Reviews progress to meet needs. Maintains required documentation. Maintains regulatory compliance standards. Performs other duties as assigned.


    As a Faith Community Nurse (FCN), this role provides spiritually based care and outreach in a congregational setting. Uses population health concepts to identify needs including coordinating health education and screenings; providing health counseling, advocacy and education, developing support groups, etc. Interacts with people of many faith traditions. Participates in Flu Vaccination clinics. May require frequent weekends and some evenings.


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

Grants Available for Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse Ministries

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. 

 Click here for more information and for the application form.

Lutheran Services in America (LSA)

Lutheran Services in America

It is an exciting time for ELPNA as we join Lutheran Services in America (LSA) as an Associate Member. You might ask, why are we joining this organization? Founded in 1997, LSA is a national network of non-profit Lutheran service organizations in 48 states, providing a variety of services. These organizations share a common heritage and have common goals. LSA brings these organizations together in collaboration through educational programs and conferences that share ideas on service goals and advocacy. The mission of LSA is to champion Lutheran social ministry by building valuable connections, applying our voices and empowering our members to answer God’s call to love and service our neighbors. 

LSA + 300 members care for 6 million Americans

June Health Observances - Planning for Parishioner Education

Alzheimer's and Brain
Awareness Month

Each June the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month as a time to focus national attention on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This month, explore the Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging resource page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

National Safety Month 
The National Safety Council sponsors  National Safety Month  each June to spread the word about keeping everyone safe in the workplace — and any place. This year’s weekly topics range from injury and fall prevention to musculoskeletal disorders. Fall prevention is, of course, a major concern in our elderly parishioners, those with Long Covid, and those with other chronic debilitating disease.


A Tribute to RNs 
Celebrating You, Nursing and our Ministry 

This Tribute is dedicated to all RNs, in all walks of life, for their never ending compassion towards humanity. May the Angels above continue to watch over them and protect them, always.

Upcoming Events

Engaging Older Adults
in Ministry

  • When: 06/23/2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

  • Location:  Virtual

Go to National Education Events to learn more.  

What's New on the Website?

New events are added to the website weekly, please check them out on the events page

New devotional by Carol DeSchepper

An Invitation to Eternity

Adults Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)

On the Resources page you will find new information and links to the ALOA website.  This is a great resource for parish nurses and for your congregants.  ALOA offers great free webinars and many are archived on their website. Please review and share as you wish.  

 Cross the World

This is a wonderful idea for Lent but also for other times as well.  It can found only in the Members Only site.  A good motivator to become a member!

The story of these beautiful crosses and how to get them can be found on the Parish Nurse Ministry Tools page under Resources. 

Supporting ELPNA with AmazonSmile

Step by step directions on how to benefit ELPNA while shopping at Amazon have been added to the Members Only page when you click on ELPNA Edge.  There are several ways that you can support ELPNA with your financial gifts. One convenient way is to enroll in Amazon Smile which allows a donation to be made to ELPNA with each Amazon purchase, and happens at no additional cost to you. Amazon helps support over one million local and national charitable organizations.

Step by step instructions on how to benefit ELPNA while shopping at Amazon have been added to the Members Only page when you click on ELPNA Edge.  

Reflections on Nursing: Think about it ...

nursing quote

Not a member yet?

ELPNA exists to support Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses who are Lutheran or who serve in Lutheran Congregations. If you are from another denomination please contact
elpna.national@gmail.com for further information.

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6626 Eliot View Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Last updated: 06/20/2022

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