Trinity Lutheran Church

Parish Nurse Program

Parish Nurse

Our parish nurses are available as a resource to help you find the health services and information you need.

Program Philosophy

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 - April 2014

This month I would like to share some thoughts on Poison-Proofing Your Home.

The following are suggestions for keeping children safe from poisons that are found in all homes:

  • Keep all household produces (in the house and garage) and medicines out of the reach of children.
  • Don’t assume bottles with “child-proof” lids are safe for children to play with.
  • Store medicines away from all other household products.
  • Keep all products and medicines in their original containers with original labels.
  • Always read the label before using any product
  • Refer to medicines as medicine; NEVER call it candy.
  • Store internal and external medication separately
  • Safely dispose of all outdated and unneeded medicines
  • Close containers immediately after use and place in a secure location.
  • All homes with children under the age of 5 need to have a bottle of Syrup of Ipecac.
  • Keep all household plants out of the reach of infants and toddlers (many are poisonous).
  • If your child eats/drinks a poison, call the local poison center before giving the Syrup of Ipecac

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.