PARISH NURSE (CLUSTER)
I count it a privilege and pleasure to serve the St Catherine and St Joan of Arc parishioners as parish nurse. It seems like yesterday that the 18 plus years ago I said “Yes” to God when he asked me to follow him down this path. The role of a parish nurse varies from church to church depending on the needs of the parish, but has several things in common. One of my roles as a parish nurse is to oversee the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of parishioners and staff. This role includes developing and coordinating health programs such as blood pressure screenings, blood donor drives, Senior social program such as Ageless Achievers and CPR/AED training to name a few. Home visits is another program I’m involved with and overseel.This involves Eucharistic ministry along with making assessment for the parishioner, caregiver family needs.I provide resources and referrals for agencies, counselors home health care hospicecare and pastoral referral. I also train volunteers for the Home, hospital nursing home visits. I am an advocate for our parishioners in need and we offer a small loan closet for medical equipment needs, much of which the equipment is donated to us by our own dear parishioners.
As a parish nurse I offer a listening ear and a caring heart as a health counselor and organize prayer support in our monthly prayer group meetings, patriotic rosary meetings and oversee and initiate crisis prayer telephone/e-mail line. My hobbies outside of work include walking, hiking, bike riding reading and have fun with my husband of 39 years Paul and our 3 sons, whom we love to take cruises with in different places. We have a Goldendoodle named Theo, who also brings me and my family great joy. God has truly blessed me and I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful St Catherine and St Joan of Arc parish.