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Videos, Books, and Articles Offering Information and Assistance

Videos


Books

  • The Parish Nurse: Providing a Minister of Health for Your Congregation, Granger E. Westberg and Jill Westberg McNamara, Augsburg Fortress, 1990 — Although this book is 15 years old, it remains a classic for outlining the theory behind the development of the idea of parish nursing.
  • Parish Nurse - Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities, Phyllis Ann Solari-Twadell and Mary Ann McDermott, eds., Sage, 1999
  • The Essential Parish Nurse: ABCs for Congregational Health Ministry, Deborah L. Patterson, The Pilgrim Press, 2003
  • Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care, Verna Brenner Carson and Harold G. Koenig, Templeton Press, 2011


Study Guide

I'll Have It God's Way: A Study Guide for End of Life Decisions

I’ll Have It God’s Way: A Christian’s Guide to End-of-Life Decisions, is a six-session Bible study a Parish Nurse can lead in our own congregations.  It is scripturally based, making it the only advance care planning tool I have seen that takes this approach. The big difference between other tools and I’II Have It God’s Way is this approach brings us face-to-face with our faith. Some people when faced with a bad prognosis realize that their faith is strong enough to face serious illness and frailty without fear. At the same time, as clinicians, we have seen the fear at the bedside, not only among patients afraid of death, but in family members so afraid that they cannot allow their loved one to leave in 

Click here for the complete article and  ordering information 


Articles

Research Articles

Plutko Long, S. E. (2020). Faith Community Nursing: USING SPIRITUAL INTERVENTIONS IN DIABETES PREVENTION. Journal of Christian Nursing, 37(4), 243–E50.

Utilizing a Delphi survey technique, the researchers examined spiritual interventions used by faith-based and community-based coaches in leading a diabetes prevention program. Faith-based coaches utilized prayer, active listening, and emotional support. The interventions of spiritual/religious activities, humor and instillation of hope were identified as important in their practice.

Sessanna, L., Pomeroy, S., Askew, Y., McDonald-Shanahan, K., & Couche, M. (2020). The Experience of Working With a Faith Community Nurse Liaison of Care in a Primary Care Practice Among Older Adult Clients and Their Informal Caregiver. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 39(3), 272–284.

This descriptive qualitative research study examined the experience of working with an FCN liaison and older adult clients and their informal caregiver. The researchers found themes reflecting the FCN was an important care team members, and the interventions of prayer and spiritual support were essential aspects of the care provided to the older adults.


Living Lutheran Articles

A Network of Care, by Lori Haugen
How two parish nurse collaborated between Maryland and Tucson, Arizona to help a family "facing dire health situations on both ends.
https://www.livinglutheran.org/2020/03/a-network-of-care/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-network-of-care

Holistic healing: Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
(https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/01/holistic-heaing/). 


Other Helpful Articles

Leading a Congregation Through Change
 This is very helpful article, written by Carol DeSchepper, our ELPNA Executive Director.  A must read for any congregation considering introducing a Parish/Faith Community Nurse Program. Click here to read the article

For more information from experienced Parish Nurses contact:

Carol DeSchepper, Executive Director: cjdeschepper@gmail.com, or

        Lucina Kimpel, President  Kimpel10@gmail.com

For speakers on beginning a health ministry in your congregation, E-mail: elpna.national@gmail.com

Last updated: 11/3/21

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