Training Parish Nurses: Congregations Get a New Type of Ministry

Interfaith parish nursing training program

During 1996 and 1997, staff at the San Francisco-based Bay Area Health Ministries completed a video on the parish nurse and health ministry concepts — i.e., the addition of nurses to a traditional ministry staff in order to provide community nursing services to congregations and other clients.

Key Results

  • Project staff produced the 22-minute video, called "The Healing Team" in 1997.
  • Since its release, the video has been shown at more than 500 events and distributed to more than 800 religious and nursing organizations in 33 states.
  • Bay Area Health Ministries has used the video in its own Parish Nurse Training Program for seven interfaith coalitions in the Bay Area and Northern California, which had deployed 175 parish nurses by December 1999.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $5,000.