Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association
(ELPNA)


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We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health
in the ministry of parish nursing

Membership

Membership in the ELPNA is currently defined by participation and meeting the following criteria:

  1. Complete a Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse educational course
  2. Pay membership dues

In addition, the nurse must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be in active practice, either paid or unpaid, in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or other Lutheran congregation
  2. Have membership in the ELCA or other Lutheran congregation and serve as a parish nurse in another denomination
  3. Be retired from parish nursing in an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation
  4. Have a position which coordinates, educates or supports ELCA or other Lutheran parish nurses

Dues options are $40.00 for one year, $60 for two years, and $300.00 for a lifetime membership.

Benefits of ELPNA Membership
  • Promote and support parish nursing within the ELCA and other Lutheran congregations, including encouraging the development of parish nurse ministries. Membership dues help provide grants for ministries.
  • Participate in educational events offering professional and spiritual growth sponsored by the organization with continuing education units whenever possible.
  • Networking with other Lutheran Parish Nurses.
  • Access to the ELPNA Member Directory.
  • Reduced fees for educational program registration
  • Access to Members Only portion of the website.
  • Receive a 40% discount on the annual subscription for the Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN), including print, online, mobile view, iPad, and archives back to 1984.  JCN publishes parish nursing continuing education articles approved by ANCC for independent study or to meet relicensure requirements for parish nurses, in every issue.  Members will also receive a discount for CEU's on specific articles in the JCN.  These discount codes will be sent along with the thank you note and membership card after your dues are received.  If you are a member and cannot find the discount code, contact Phyllis Bruce at pbceilidhdancer10@gmail.com
  • Access networking opportunities and forums for sharing programs, projects, and resources through our website and virtual peer group gatherings.  Through our www.elpna.org website a member also finds direction to connect with the Westberg Knowledge Sharing Platform (http://www.elpna.org/news/news-events.php)
  • Promote health and wellness among congregations and support church leaders through our presence at churchwide and synod gatherings.
  • Seek opportunities for parish nurses to have a place at Synod Councils and to be integrated into the practices and the future vision of the Church.
  • Respond to your responsibility to belong to a professional nursing organization as a parish/faith community nurse.

Membership Support

Whether you are a paid or unpaid parish nurse, you may want to ask your congregation to support you by paying your dues to ELPNA. Attached is the draft of a letter you can personalize and send to your pastor, parish council president, supervisor, or appropriate committee to support you in this process. This letter is to request payment of your membership dues by your organization or church in support of your practice. Request for Support

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Last updated: 05/18/2021

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ELPNA
PO Box 8117
St. Paul, MN 55108

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