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Parish Nursing Program

Parish Nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as a specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry.

The Western Maryland Health system instituted a Parish Nurse Program on September 24, 1997. It has grown into a thriving program, with 46 churches participating in our tri-state area of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  The program carries the WMHS mission and values into the community, by promotion of health and wellness for the mind, body and spirit.

What is a Parish Nurse?

A parish nurse is a licensed registered nurse with a minimum of two years’ experience.  The focus of practice is the faith community and its ministry to the broader community.  A licensed practical nurse may also serve as a parish nurse under the direct supervision of a licensed registered nurse.  The parish nurse assists and supports individuals, families and faith communities in addressing health concerns, well being and healing in the absence of a cure.  The parish nurse role reclaims the historic roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions.

What does a Parish Nurse do?

A parish nurse understands health to be a dynamic process which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical and social dimensions of the person.  The practice holds that all persons are sacred and are to be treated with dignity, respect and confidentiality.  A parish nurse works closely with clergy and a health cabinet.

Can I become a parish nurse?

Yes, with basic preparation coursework provided by Western Maryland Health System you can lead an effective ministry.  Contact the parish nurse office for further information.

Joyce Hedrick, RN, BSN
Parish Nurse Coordinator
PO Box 539 (WOC-2nd Floor).
12501 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21501-0539
Phone: 240-964-8421
Fax: 240-964-8415

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