Answers basic questions regarding the program such as roles, functions and desired qualities.
Q: What is a congregational Nurse Program?
A: Congregations have been promoting health and wholeness for centuries through worship, music, sharing, and caring. A new dimension is the addition of a registered nurse to the ministry team. The nurse promotes the relationship between faith and health, and serves as a liaison between the healthcare system and the congregation.
Q:What are the roles of a congregational nurses?
A: The Congregational Nurse has several functions in the community. They include, but are not limited to being:
teacher--teaching health and wellness programs, and facilitating support groups
health counselor-- community referrals
community resource-- coordinate services, collaborate with physicians, teachers, and other health care professionals
health promoter-- blood pressure screening, flu shots, health fairs
advocate-- assists congregants to foster effective communication between home, hospital, and nursing home
spiritual comforter-- in consultation with Rabbi, provide healing services, offer prayer during times of crisis and celebration
Q: What are the qualities of a congregational nurse?
A: A congregational nurse has many roles in the community and therefore must possess certain qualities to meet the challenge(s) of the position.
He/She must be a registered nurse with at least five years experience
Possess an abiding awareness of his/her own spiritual and faith commitment
Excellent communication, interpersonal and caring skills
Ability to comprehend and communicate the importance of health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit
An understanding and firm commitment to the vital mission of fostering wellness in today's society
Q: What does a congregational nurse do?
A: Congregational nurses have many responsibilities. They:
Assess health needs for your community
Provide screening clinics(blood pressure, glucose, etc.)
Make home, hospital, and nursing home visits as appropriate
Offer support groups for grief, divorce, aging, youth related concerns, etc.
Refer congregants to specific health/social service agencies
Coordinate volunteers for supportive ministries
Attend meetings to network with other health care professionals and congregational nurses
Q: What does a congregational nurse NOT do?
A: Congregational nurses do NOT practice direct or hands-on healthcare in the synagogue community. He/She does not dispense or administer medications, do wound care, draw blood, or any nursing function that would be paid by a third party payer such as Medicare, Medicaid or an Insurance company. The congregational nurse does not take the place of, or compete with, existing community or congregational resources.