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Make parish nursing an alternative to shrinking healthcare resources! Because of shrinking healthcare resources, both human and monetary, parish nurses in the future will be called upon to deal with rising numbers of elderly and the end-of-life issues that accompany aging. Parish Nursing: A Handbook for the New Millennium is a guide to designing programs that can complement a congregation's ministry priorities for senior adults, identifying strengths to reinforce and weaknesses to avoid. Stories from the fields of service capture the sweat equity and history of the re-emergence of nursing in churches. Parish Nursing: A Handbook for the New Millennium is a practical planning guide for parish nurses and congregational committee members with limited experience in program development. Suitable for use with multiple faith traditions, the book demonstrates how to take responsibility for health ministries without leaning on direction from local hospitals. Parish Nursing presents multiple practice models, intervention strategies, and methods of program evaluation responsive to boundaries and traditions of various communities of faith. Parish Nursing includes: conceptual frameworks program design options outlines from field-tested training modules program evaluation options and challenges and much more! In 2001, there were 35 million people over the age of 65 living in the United States-a number that's expected to double in the next 10 years. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that nearly 20 percent of family doctors are no longer accepting new Medicare patients. Parish Nursing: A Handbook for the New Millennium is an essential resource for nurses, pastors, and church leaders starting a parish nurse ministry to deal with the growing number of "forgotten" elderly persons.

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Editorial Reviews

James L. Travis III
“AN INSPIRATIONAL AND INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDE for those who are considering this field as a vocation, or for churches who are considering implementing a parish nurse program. . . . Particularly valuable for its highlighting of care of the aging and care at the end of life as two critical areas in healthcare which are currently problem-ridden and to which parish nursing, in the context of churches, may be an excellent response. AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE FIELD.
PhD, Director of Pastoral Services and Clinical Professor of Pastoral Care, Duke University Medical Center and Divinity School
Rev. Earl E. Shelp
“A MUST-READ . . . provides mature perspective, practical guidance, theological insight, and a challenge to ministry. . . . There is much of practical benefit in this volume that would strengthen an existing parish nurse ministry or help those about to initiate a program avoid fatal or needless mistakes.
PhD, President, Interfaith Care Partners, Houston, Texas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789018175
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Editor




Part I: Planning for New Millennium Parish Nursing

Chapter 1. A New Landscape for Parish Nursing

The New Landscape

A Word from the New Executive Director of the IPNRC

Structural Integrity

Lessons in Reflection

Revisioning the Foundation


Chapter 2. Overview of Parish Nursing

Scope and Standards of Parish Nursing Practice

Parish Nurse Ministry in the Lutheran Missouri Synod

Effectiveness of Parish Nurse Programs

Chapter 3. A Spirit of Commitment and Creativity

The Beginnings

The Congregational Outreach Program

Creative Growth

Creative Resources

What Went Wrong

Conclusion and Future Creativity

Chapter 4. From the Westberg Project to the New Millennium


Parish Nurse Education

Entry into Practice

Parish Nursing and Health Care Politics

Pioneering Stories

Parish Nursing in the New Millennium


Part II: Seeking Structure

Chapter 5. Models for Congregational and Parish Nursing Programs

Three Models

Levels of Intervention for Parish Nurse Programs


Chapter 6. Structure for a Church-Based Parish Nurse Ministry

Where Are We Now?

What Should Be Done?

What Will Be Done?

How Have We Done?


Appendix: Sample Job Description for a Parish Nurse

Chapter 7. Barriers, Difficulties, and Challenges

Carol’s Personal Journey

Barriers Within the Faith Community

Difficulties from Without the Faith Community

Challenges of Interdisciplinary Collaboration


Part III: Using the Feedback

Chapter 8. The Experience of Parish Nursing

The Context of Parish Nursing

Elements of Culture

The Experiences


Chapter 9. Preparation for Community-Based Work


Immediate Educational Needs

Instructional Modules Funded by the Saint Ann Foundation

The Realities

Reflections and Summary

Appendix A: Health, Healing, and Wholeness Series

Appendix B: Youth Program—Praying for Health, Healing, and Wholeness

Chapter 10. Program Evaluation

Reasons to Evaluate

Evaluation Methods

Chapter 11. Developing Resources

Human Resources


Community Development

Part IV: Parish Nursing and End-of-Life Issues

Chapter 12. End-of-Life Issues

Dying in the United States

Description of End-of-Life Issues

Historical Perspective

The Spiritual Dimension


Chapter 13. A Role for Parish Nursing in End-of-Life Care

Demands of the Aging Population

Social Demand for End-of-Life Care

The Burdened Health Care System

Prevalence of Disease

Institute of Medicine Core Principles for End-of-Life Care

Parish Nursing Practice



Reference Notes Included

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