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 - July 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
God’s richest blessings on your summer!
This month, as we celebrate the 4th of July, we often think about the blessings of freedom. This month, I want to share some thoughts with you on the influence of Alcohol on our Families and How we can Free Ourselves from it’s Grip.
The serious issues related to alcoholism are difficult to talk about at any time, yet alcoholism is a real problem in our personal and family lives.
How Big of a Problem is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a primary, progressive and fatal disease associated with an addiction to the drug alcohol. As many as 10.5 million Americans are alcoholic, and one of every four homes experiences alcohol-related family problems. Currently, alcoholism is a leading cause of death in our country.
What does the Bible Teach about Alcohol Use?
The Bible encourages to limit our alcohol use, and stay in control of it (Romans 13:13, Eph. 5:18, I Tim. 3:3). At the same time, Scripture gives us confidence that with God’s help alcoholism can be conquered (Ps. 103:1-5, Mt. 9:12, Heb. 12:1-17, I John 1:7-10).
How Does Alcoholism Affect the Family?
Alcoholism causes pain and suffering for families in several different ways.
First, dependence on alcohol always distorts relationships. In an alcoholic household, the family is not Christ centered, but rather alcohol centered. Young children may need to “parent” the adults, when a parent is unable to function responsibly. Alcoholism impairs relationships with God, others and ourselves. Second, alcoholism causes isolation and confusion in the family. Family members need to “guess” what it means to be normal, because the alcoholism distorts everyone’s sense of reality. Third, alcoholic families are unable to effectively work on their problems. When alcohol is use to numb the pain of life and avoid difficulties, little can be done to solve these problems. Four, alcoholic families always develop unhealthy behaviors. Such families learn it is no longer safe to have feelings, have honest conversations, or trust others and therefore develop less healthy ways of responding to life stressors. Fifth, alcoholism has been associated with neglect and abuse in the home. Addiction to alcohol impairs a person’s ability to care for themselves and others and also impairs impulse control.
What Can Be Done About Alcoholism?
It is important to remember that alcoholism is a progressive disease that affects the drinker as well as his/her family & friends, but that help is available. Alcoholics Anonymous can help you if you have a drinking problem, or if someone you know has a problem with alcohol. Reaching for support isn’t a sign of weakness: it takes a lot of strength to start back on the road to wholeness.
Parish Nurse Bev Branning
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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.