As parish nurses, these professionals are called and committed to the healing ministry of the church, helping meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the members. This ministry is grounded in the tradition of the church, “to preach the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9:2). The parish nurse program within a congregation also recognizes that the ministry of the church community is to proclaim God's desire that we strive toward an abundant, healthful life.
Concordia’s Parish Nurse Ministry program offers educational preparation programs. Churches are encouraged to sponsor nurses and provide the program fee.
- Registered nurse with a current unencumbered license to practice in the state(s) in which one will practice in the role. There is no specific educational level requirement beyond the basic registered nurse preparation.
- Commitment to the holistic concept of health care, including the spiritual dimension of healing and health
- Good communication skills
- Active involvement with a local faith community
- Commitment to completion of the entire basic parish nurse preparation program
- Lay and professional faith community leaders may complete the course in the role as "participant observers". These situations will be reviewed on an individual basis.