Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Parish Nurse Notes

In November, I participated in the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) Annual Membership meeting via teleconference.

This is the one time a year that ELPNA members from all regions of the country meet as a group. Membership and financial report were discussed.

We are working with ELCA to increase collaboration on efforts to determine where parish nurses are practicing across the country that are not members of ELPNA. The goals for 2019 were reviewed and progress noted towards the goals.

During the past year ELPNA board members met with ELCA staff supportive of the organization and shared many ideas of how they can assist ELPNA with greater visibility and how we might support the ELCA agenda/mission. ELPNA nurses have given presentations to staff and seminarians at United Luther Seminary and at the Gettysburg Campus.

This was my first conference and it was a pleasure to experience how the Holy Spirit is working through this organization of nurses.

Barb will be available at the church on Wednesdays from 10 am to noon and also for blood pressure screenings on the fourth weekend of the month both Saturday & Sunday before and after services in the conference room.

She can be reached at 785-408-4114 (IM or voice), at, or you may leave a message with the church office or in her box in the Fellowship Hall.

The Focus of Parish Nurse Ministry is…
Promoting health and wellness
Caring for the “whole” person.
Making referrals as appropriate. (This is not a substitute for physical health care).
Bringing wholeness and healing to the faith community.
Educating, supporting and counseling all members

Some of the services a parish nurse can provide are….
Referrals to appropriate support services, support and prayer during times of crisis, grief
and celebration.
Health education and promotion. Support to members on health-related issues in
a confidential manner.
Home, hospital and nursing home visits, as needed.

Barb Keil, RN, is the Parish Nurse for OSLC. Stop by the display in the concourse.