Health and Wellness
Parish Nurse Ministry Mission Statement
The St. Joseph Parish Nurse Program gives witness to the healing mission of Jesus to individuals, families and the community. The mission of the Parish Nurse Program is rooted in the deep religious belief of the Catholic Church. The Parish Nurse Program believes in the holistic nature of health and believes that physical wellness is intimately connected with spiritual and emotional well being. The Parish Nurse Program believes that faith communities are called to serve one another by providing access to a health ministry in their own parish.
Roles of Parish Nurse
- Health Educator: The Parish Nurse promotes an understanding of the relationship between lifestyle, attitudes, faith, and well-being by offering educational programs or information to the parishioners.
- Health Counselor: The Parish Nurse discusses health issues and problems with parishioners. She also visits parishioners who are homebound or in long term care facilities. Hospital visitation is currently done by the deacons and priests.
- Referral Liaison: The Parish Nurse acts as a liaison to other congregational resources and community services.
- Volunteer Coordinator: The parish nurse recruits, coordinates, and resources volunteers within the congregation.
Parish Nurse Bio
My name is Laurie Neary and I have been a registered nurse since 1975.
For most of those years, I worked in many clinical settings in the traditional role of a nurse; treating, medicating, educating, doing what I could to help within the rules and limitations of the healthcare system. My involvement with the individual patient was short-term, fast paced and focused on physical ailments. I never knew if the care made a difference in people's lives.
In July of 1998 I became the Parish Nurse at St. Joseph.
The Parish Nurse Ministry allows me to care for the whole person. The focus of the ministry is to understand the relationships of mind, body, and spirit and to promote holistic understanding of health care.
Because of this ministry, the church community has been able to respond to those parishioners who are in need of attention and care. Parishioners can benefit from programs such as, the equipment loan closet, respite care, share a meal, the bereavement support group and bereavement outreach visits. Parishioners are encouraged and supported in their efforts to live healthy lives and stay well by participating in programs such as low impact aerobics, blood pressure screenings, Lifeline screenings, presentations on health related topics, and programs addressing end of life issues.
This ministry has given me the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. I look forward to another year of parish nurse ministry, and invite you to call me if I can be of assistance to you.
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Visit me anytime in my office at the East Campus!