Parish Nurses, or Faith Community Nurses, deliver holistic, health promoting and preventative care that is based on the concept of wholeness of mind, body and spirit. The role of Parish Nurses is to be integrators of faith and health, educators, health counselors, advocates, resource coordinators, referral agents and volunteer coordinators. They practice within the framework of a church, congregation, parish or faith-based community church.
Local Participating Churches
- First Presbyterian Church, Baraboo
- First Congregational United Church of Christ, Baraboo
- St. John Lutheran Church, Portage
- St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo
- St. Mary's Catholic Church, Portage & Briggsville
- St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Baraboo
- Trinity Episcopal Church, Baraboo
In addition to the churches in the Baraboo and Portage areas that receive grant funding, there are several churches in the five-county area surrounding the hospital who have trained parish nurses.
Parish Nursing Offerings
Free, one-hour presentations are offered to local groups or clubs on a variety of health related topics including:
- Women and Heart Disease
- Women and Domestic Violence
- Women and Oral Health
- Women and Cervical Cancer
- Women and Breast Cancer
- Women and Mental Health
- Women and Bone Health
- Journaling Workshop - 2.5 hours
The women's health topics are also sponsored by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundations' GrapeVine project.
Become a Parish Nurse
Parish Nurses complete a basic course that integrates the curriculum of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. They maintain their current knowledge of nursing practice and possess an understanding of both legal and ethical issues as it is related to professional practice. Parish Nurses must possess a valid State of Wisconsin license and perform in accordance with both the Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act and the American Nurse Association Standards and Scope of Parish Nursing.
For more information on Parish Nursing offerings or on becoming a Parish Nurse, contact Lori Rudolph at 608-355-1736.