Parish Nurse Program
Our parish nurses are available as a resource to help you find the health services and information you need.
Parish nursing embraces the spiritual dimension of the nursing practice in addition to the physical, psychological and social dimensions. In essence, parish nurses care for the body, mind and spirit.
Please call the Parish Nurse Hotline, (309)828-6265, #191. Be sure to check the Parish Nurse Bulletin Board (lower level narthex) and your monthly Messenger for health news you can use.
Learn more about the program
Our Parish Nurses: Bev Branning, Cheryl Corbitt, and Sue Rutherford
Parish nurses collaborate with their faith community leaders to form partnerships with other community health resources. Parish nursing services are designed to involve individuals, families and congregations as active partners in their personal health. Through this involvement, nurses help empower communities and foster an environment of understanding and support.
The roles of the Parish Nurse
- Integrator of Faith and Health
serving as a “translator” between faith and healthcare communities. With a knowledge base in both areas, many times the parish nurse can clarify issues and or reinforce the strong tie between faith and health. Health Educator, providing educational programs to the congregations such as health screening and illness prevention.
- Health Counselor
providing individual health counseling services in the home or long-term care facility.
- “Navigator” or “Advocate”
assisting congregation members in finding their way through healthcare systems.
- Referral Agent
finding resources and making referrals to agencies, organizations and support services to improve the member’s quality of life.
- Developer of Support Groups
initiating and organizing groups designed to assist the participants with a specific issue.
- Trainer of volunteers
perhaps most importantly, recruiting and training volunteers to provide assistance.
- Blood pressure screenings are offered 9-9:30 am the second Sunday of every month on the lower level in the elevator alcove.
- Our parish nurses are happy to see you and answer your health questions.
Parish Nurse Newsletter - March 2014
Greetings! I hope you and your loved ones are experiencing Christ’s peace, wholeness and joy. March is recognized as National Nutrition month, and I would like to focus our attention on Healthy Eating.
Eating provides for the nourishment of our bodies, minds, and spirits. God has graciously provided food to nourish our bodies, invites us to share our food with both fellow Christians and strangers, and offers Himself as the ultimate food. I want to share the following dietary guidelines from the U.S. government with you, and encourage you to make healthy food choices.
If I can be of any help to you, please contact me. May the Lord bless your eating and strengthen your body, mind and spirit.
- Reduce fat intake to less than 30% of calories
- Reduce cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg/day
- Eat protein in moderation (4 - 6 ounces of meat, fish or poultry/day)
- Eat at least 5 servings/day of fruits & vegetables
- Limit salt intake to 6 grams/day
- Eat the equivalent of 2 - 3 glasses of milk/day
- Eat a variety of foods from different food groups
- Emphasize protective foods (whole grains, fruits & vegetables and calcium rich foods)
Happy Nutrition Month March is a great time to reflect on healthy food choices and holistic eating. Eating nourishes our bodies, mind and spirit. As Christians, we are encouraged to place our eating and drinking within the context of our faith (Romans 14:23)
May the Lord richly bless all of your health choices
from the Parish Nurses Cheryl Corbitt and Bev Branning