Paisley, Oregon is fortunate to have a Parish Nurse who concentrates on conducting a holistic ministry. Her aim is to create and maintain healthy, bodies, minds, and spirits in every member.
She does blood pressure checks, glucose, cholesterol, and personal counseling with parishioners by appointment. She is particularly helpful to individuals and families who have decisions concerning long term nursing care, and those who are just home from the hospital because she not only shares informed advice and encouragement but does it in the context of Christian faith with prayer.
Recent changes in the delivery of health care and the shift towards managed care challenges health care providers to seek innovative approaches to disease management across the continuum.
Access to health resources is essential to maintaining the health status of community members. Community based Primary Care sites as well as community based education and screening programs contribute to reducing barriers to improve health.
The essential activities of the Parish Nurse are to provide support, guidance, and health education to the local community. This improves wellness and health maintenance of families including the elderly, the poor, and the chronically ill. The Wellness activities will be coordinated in the community, for the community at the local church.