Company: SSM Health
Posted on: December 9, 2018
The parish nurse is an experienced registered nurse who utilizes nursing and spiritual commitment in a healing ministry within a faith community. The parish nurse seeks to assist members with their physical, emotional and spiritual health across the life span. The parish nurse works creatively to bridge the gaps identified for members in health education and the care system. She/he is a professional member of the ministerial team who combines professional nursing practice and expertise with theological concepts to facilitate the healing mission of the faith community. This is accomplished through the core competencies of: health care practitioner (assessments of physical, educational and spiritual needs related to the individual's health), integrator of health and healing; facilitator; advocate; health educator; health counselor; and referral source/liaison.
- Health Care Practitioner: Collaboratively assesses health needs of members of Faith Community based on physical, educational and spiritual needs related to individual's health. Fosters involvement of Health Care Practitioners who belong to the Faith Community to maximize the health of its members. Develops plans to meet needs based on agreed upon priorities and updates as necessary. Conceptualizes whole-person-wellness for Faith Community. Participates in discharge planning, on an as needed basis, for members of participating Faith Community when hospitalized at either Meriter, St. Marys or a resident at a nursing home, assisted living of Community Based residential facility.
- Integrated Health and Healing: Promotes understanding of the relationship between lifestyle, attitudes, faith and well-being. Knowledgeable of appropriate scripture references, denominational prayers and rituals and teachings preferred, or a willingness to learn. Willing to participate in church activities and worship services as requested.
- Facilitator: Recruits and coordinates volunteers for visitation, transportation and meals for sick and elderly. Organizes support groups within the congregations such as grief, parenting, care giving and smoke stoppers, based on assessment of needs. Develops resources for the fellowship such as sacramental and liturgical activities for healing and community building.
- Advocate: Assists members in making personal choices based on their values and beliefs.
- Health Educator: Promotes the connection between physical, emotional and spiritual health and the lifestyle of the community by: creating and providing current educational materials on health issues across the life span, including information on Advanced Directives; providing and/or facilitating classes on health topics that address the members assessed needs; providing exhibits, screenings, fairs, etc. to increase a person's awareness of their health and its relationship with their faith; understanding and interpreting to clients the basics of their healthcare payment sources and to know to whom to refer them for additional assistance with complexities. Promotes understanding of the trends within the health care industry.
- Health Counselor: Discusses individual health problems, explains medications and treatments. Makes home, hospital, and nursing home visits and confers with staff in development of care plans as appropriate. Follows patients post discharge and assesses needs for further resources from church and community. Offers private sessions with individuals to assist them in modifying life-styles, adjusting to disease, coping with chronic illness and other health concerns.
- Referral Source Liaison: Acts as liaison to community resources and service. Assists families in decisions about living alternatives for older adults and treatment alternatives. Assists persons to understand and effectively use the healthcare system and reach a level of comfort to do so independently.
- Additional job description functions may be defined by congregation.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Licensed as an RN in the state of Wisconsin
Minimum of three years of experience in nursing.
Knowledge of spiritual assessment and assessment of personal religious practice.
Parish nurse course completion.
St. Mary's Hospital Madison
St. Mary's is a 440-bed tertiary referral hospital offering inpatient and outpatient treatment and diagnostic services in primary care and nearly all specialties. Medical/surgical areas of special focus include the Family Birth Center, pediatrics, Neuroscience Center, geriatrics, orthopedics, emergency services and more. St. Mary's is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine's three-year family practice residency program. Since 1912, St. Mary's has provided service to much of south-central Wisconsin including Dane County and 17 other nearby counties. In the growing city of Sun Prairie, northeast of Madison, St. Mary's Emergency Clinic provides services to more than 30,000 residents.
Keywords: SSM Health, Madison , Parish Nurse, Healthcare , Madison, Wisconsin
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