Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association

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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 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. New members joining in November or December are enrolled for the first full subsequent year. New members joining July 1 and following will pay prorated dues of $20 for the remainder of the calendar year, with renewal for the full amount in the following year.  

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 20% discount (From $70 to $56) on the annual subscription for the Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN), including print, online, mobile view, 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 after you have joined or renewed your membership.  It is also available in the Members Only section of this website.  If you are a member and cannot find the discount code, contact Phyllis Bruce at pbceilidhdancer10@gmail.com
  • Discount for joining Nurses Christian Fellowship.  You can use the code, FCNSpecial, for 10% off at https://ncf-jcn.org/membership/join-ncf.  NCF members get JCN, PLUS free and discounted CE and lots of other product discounts. 
  • 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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Note:  If you prefer to join and pay dues by personal check, please contact the Membership Committee chair, Phyllis Bruce at pbceilidhdancer10@gmail.com or you may send a check designated for dues to ELPNA, PO Box 8117, St. Paul, MN 55108-0117.  After the check is received Phyllis Bruce will call you to obtain your information for the member list and profile.  

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Last updated: 08/22/2021

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