… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; Then Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil….
Acts 10:38 NRSV
ICHM seeks to follow the examples of Jesus in faith and compassion and to build connections to ensure vibrant Health & Healing Ministries built on the following principles:
- Sharing ways to improve the health of body, mind, spirit.
- Providing opportunities to learn about health issues.
- Discussing health concerns, emphasizing early response and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
- Providing recommendations to existing healthcare and social services.
- Advocating to assist others obtain needed health services.
- Facilitating the development of support groups.
- Recognizing the gifts of others and supporting their ministries.
- Recognizing the link between faith and well-being of individuals and communities.
- Offering support and encouragement during times of crisis and celebration.
- Focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
- Providing referral information, advocacy and coordination of services.
Within ICHM, we strive to provide support for Parish Nurses in communities of faith, as they carry out their ministries.
What is a Parish Nurse?
A parish nurse is a registered nurse with specialized knowledge, who is called to ministry and affirmed by a faith community to promote health, healing and wholeness. In order to practice safely and effectively in health ministry, the parish nurse should be able to demonstrate competence in a defined set of attitudes, knowledge and skills. These are identified as Parish Nursing Core Competencies.
Nancy Gordon (right) is the Parish Nurse at Bloor Street and Bathurst United Churches. Photography credit: H. Durnford
What does a Parish Nurse Do?
The parish nurse strives to form relationships with individuals and groups, to share, teach and promote understanding about the Wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Parish Nurses work with people of all ages and stages of life to:
- Provide support to families for prenatal and postnatal care.
- Develop and share health education for children.
- Advocate for and develop relationships with youth.
- Educate and support families.
- Promote health and disease prevention.
- Assist during life’s transitions.
- Provide support for Seniors.
- Offer support for palliative and bereavement care.