The concept behind parish nursing is simple: to get church
members involved in ministering to the physical, mental and
spiritual needs of others. Our parish nurses work in partnership
with local churches to improve and manage congregational health.
In this capacity they provide health education and counseling,
facilitate support groups and train volunteers.
Our Parish Nursing Program offers an organized method of
continuing care to our patients through the local community
churches. Participating congregations select a leader (usually a
licensed nurse) and a health cabinet to address the health needs
of the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Prayer, communion,
health education, health screening, visitation and referral to
community resources is provided by individual churches according
to their faith and culture. Feather River Hospital's Parish Nurse
Coordinator is available to assist congregations in implementing
this valuable ministry.
Each church has its own unique way of implementing the program.
Because needs differ from one community to the next, parish
nurses provide health education and spiritual support to a
variety of people, from gang members to schoolchildren.
For more information, call Chaplain La Freeda Thomas at (530)
877-9361, extension 7102.