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.
Parish Nurse Newsletter - May 2014
Greetings! Happy Mental Health Month!
Our mental (or emotional) dimension is one aspect of holistic health, and it is very important to our total well-being.
What is Depression?
Depression refers to feelings of sadness, isolation, discouragement, or hopelessness that persist. It is a serious illness which affects a person physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and vocationally. The presence of depression does not indicate a lock of willpower or a weak faith. Depression seems to affect people of all ages.
What are Signs and Symptoms of Depression?
- Ongoing feeling of sadness, anxiety or emptiness
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness or pessimism
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Inability to give or accept affection
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty eating
- Chronic body aches and pains that don’t go away
- Excessive crying
- Restlessness, irritability, or over activity
- Decreased energy, persistent fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions
- Thought of death or suicide
How can Depression Be Treated?
Depression can be effectively treated in several different ways. The vast majority of people with depression recover and lead meaningful and productive lives. Both medications and counseling or psychotherapy are used in the treatment of depression.
It is also very important for family and friends to recognize the symptoms of depression and encourage treatment for persons suffering from depression. If you have any question or concerns about mental health, please see your doctor.
from the Parish Nurses Cheryl Corbitt and Bev Branning
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.