Parish Nurses

Parish Nurse Program: A Ministry of Caring
Working Together For A Healthier You

 
The Parish Nurse Program, located inside Fraser Road Church of God in Kawkawlin, Michigan, was established in 2002.  Our  program currently has two nurses who are certified in parish nursing through Saginaw Valley State University.
Muriel Harris RN, CCRN has been nursing for 30 years.
Della Reynolds RN, BSN has been nursing for 12 years.

What is Parish Nursing? 
Parish nursing, a ministry born out of the church, is a way of tending to the needs of the community by focusing on care for a person’s body, soul, spirit and mind. Parish nurses work with the pastors and parish staff as part of a team to assist parishioners in their search for wellness and a better quality of life. They provide care for all ages; children through seniors. Their ministry may include anything from blood pressure checks, to home visits, or linking people with local health care providers. Following Biblical principles and integration of Biblical values into the care provided to the community is of the utmost importance to parish nursing.

What do Parish Nurses do?
The role will vary depending on the specific needs of the parishioner. The main goal
of parish nursing is to assist people in integrating faith and health. The parish nurse promotes whole person health by serving as:

*Health Educator
The parish nurse presents and arranges educational programs through seminars, bulletin boards, resource center, health library and community CPR/ First Aid classes.

*Personal Health Counselor
The parish nurse meets with parishioners to discuss and listen to concerns or questions related to physical, relational, spiritual or  personal needs.

*Health advocate
The parish nurse builds relationships with parishioners to help them self-motivate and achieve better lives and outcomes.

*Referral Agents
The parish nurse will work in conjunction with area health officials to find the best available resources for any specific need.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with all your body.”                                                     1. Cor. 6:19-20

For more information on our program and event dates, contact the office at
(989) 684-3016.