To provide leadership in fostering the spiritual growth and development of Parish Nurses, promote the expansion of this ministry into more congregations, and strengthen the Parish Nurse presence within the Synods.
Membership in the ELPNA is currently defined by meeting the following criteria:
Annual dues of $40.00 for one year, $60:00 for two years, and $300 for a lifetime membership are for the calendar year of January 1-December 31.
To Join: Download and print out the Membership Form http://elpna.org/join/ Send the filled-out membership form and dues to: ELPNA, PO Box 8117, St Paul, MN 55108
Whether you are a paid or unpaid Parish Nurse, you may want to ask your congregation to support you by paying your dues to this professional organization. We have drafted a letter you can personalize and send to your pastor, parish council president, or appropriate committee. This letter is to request that the church help in paying for the dues as a way to show support for your ministry.
Click here to download the letter.
Annual financial support is provided by member dues and gifts. All gifts are welcome.
The dues and gifts are used in part to support this website, provide planned gatherings, and sponsor grant opportunities. See News from the Regions for more imformation about your Region.
Carol DeSchepper, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click Here to download our ELPNA Brochure.
The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is a nonprofit, 501c3 membership organization. It is comprised of registered nurses who are parish nurses affiliated with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation or as an ELCA/other Lutheran congregational member serving another denomination. The organization was founded in 2004, with the first membership list of 65 parish nurses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods of Minnesota. The organizational committee consisted of: Sandy Connell, Sue Ann Glusenkamp, Carolyn Torp, Barbara Zell, Wanda Alexander, Tammy Devine, Brenda Hawkinson, Valborg Tollefsrud, Annette Langdon, Mary Nordvedt and Diane Waarivik. Bishop Craig Johnson was very supportive during this process. In 2008 the ELPNA expanded to a National organization under the leadership of Annette Langdon. Since then a National Board of Directors has provided leadership with representatives from 8 of the 9 ELCA Regions. There is a listing of the regions on this website and what synods they represent. (See News from the Regions)
The website was originally started in Region 3 and has now come under the management of the national board and the ELPNA Communications Committee. Each region welcomes input from ELPNA members. Check with your regional director who will help enter the desired information on the website.
During the course of development this organization has worked with the ELCA Churchwide office and came under their 501c3 auspices in 2010. ELPNA is considered an independent Lutheran organization recognized by churchwide in their yearbook annually. ELPNA has worked very hard to have a presence at many the churchwide gatherings since Minneapolis in 2009. The organization sets up an area by the paramedics with lounge chairs and a restful environment. Discussion of parish nursing takes place, minor nursing care is provided and prayer is offered to all who enter the area. The organization has also been at national WELCA (Women of the ELCA) triennial gatherings, Men in Mission conferences and National Youth Gatherings. ELPNA is present every year at the Westberg Conference.
Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN has provided much support to ELPNA with meeting and retreat space as well as a wealth of educational speakers. The campus had a parish nurse that worked to help develop classes for parish nursing at the seminary level.
Growing a national organization is a significant undertaking. ELPNA is an entirely volunteer effort. The board welcomes input from all the Lutheran parish nurses across the country. The main communication is through the website and thanks to Phyllis Bruce (Minneapolis) and the work of the National Communications Committee, it has continued to expand and grow to meet many needs. It is hopeful that special events and gatherings of the ELPNA can be live streamed throughout the USA.
The national ELPNA organization consists of up to three directors from each of the 9 ELCA regions. An election is held by the membership every fall. The executive board consists of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The board meets monthly via Zoom to conduct business. Minutes are available on the website. Dues for the organization are $40 for one year, $60 for two years, and $300 for a lifetime membership. Out of this fee, 50% of the amount goes to the regional account where the member works or lives and 50% goes to the national treasury.
The membership is open to Registered Nurses who have completed a Parish Nurse Preparation class and are paid/unpaid/retired parish nurse staff. They may work within an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation or be a member of a Lutheran congregation and work in a church of another denomination.
Your membership and input is vital to our growth and presence at the ELCA gatherings. Please consider joining us and supporting this vital network of parish nurses. Questions and information can be directed to your regional representatives or to any of the other board members.
Blessings to each of you as your ministering to so many continues to fill your hearts.
June Sand RN, BSN, FCN
Treasurer of ELPNA