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Specially trained nurses working with faith communities

Parish nurses are trained to recognize the tie between health and faith. To improve the quality of life for our communities, Novant Health parish nurses help faith communities from an intersection of the power of ministry and the science of nursing. Their role is to re-establish the church as a sanctuary for healing with the addition of reliable, top-quality healthcare information.

What is a parish nurse? - The parish nursing and health ministry program joins health and faith communities. This ministry of health and wellness seeks to improve the health of people in the communities that we serve.

A parish nurse is a specially-prepared registered nurse (RN) who works within a faith community as a volunteer or paid employee. Parish nursing is the practice of providing whole-person care to the people of the community. It is a specialized area of nursing and is recognized by the American Nurses Association. Practiced internationally, parish nursing is a dedicated ministry practiced by Novant Health and local faith communities.

A parish nurse acts as a:

  • Health educator promoting wellness through programs and screenings
  • Health counselor helping people take responsibility for their own health and wellness
  • Health referral agent connecting people with community resources
  • Health advocate for access to care, education and resources

Health ministry - Health ministry embodies the commitment to promote holistic health to parishioners. This program prepares natural leaders to educate and motivate the church in health and wellness, and to improve access to health resources.

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If you would like to learn more about our parish nurses and health ministries, contact the Novant Health location nearest you.