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Name: Parish Nurse
Description: Unites healthcare and the community through religious affiliation. Parish nurses act as liaison / facilitator with church, community and hospital
Practice roles: Health educator/counselor, bereavement/pastoral counselor, program director, facilitator, liaison, referral source, consultant
Characteristics: Diverse, community-based role with many opportunities for interpersonal dealings. Autonomy, chance to be part of a growing field
Drawbacks: Some positions are non-paid/ voluntary and part-time. Because specialty is so new, limited opportunities currently available
Desirable skills: Good communication and nursing assessment skills, solid clinical foundation, excellent interpersonal skills
Education: None in particular. Educational and training programs are just beginning to be formed in different parts of the country
Employers: Hospitals, religious organizations/congregations
Associations:
The International Parish Resource Center
205 West Touhy # 104
Park Ridge, IL 60068
1-800-556-5368
Publications:
Journal of Christian Nursing
PO Box 7895
Madison, WI 53707-7895