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Health Ministry-Faith Community Nursing Bibliography


A specialized area of professional nursing practice that focuses on health promotion within a faith community traditionally has been called "parish nursing." This web site offers a calendar of events of interest to nurses working within faith communities in Texas; selected Internet web sites; names and contact information of persons who have agreed to serve as expert resources from around the country; and bibliographic citations that describe parish nursing/health ministry or would be of use to nurses practicing within faith communities, whether the communities be called parishes, congregations or other forms of faith practice.

For additional information on the bibliography, contact Library Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services, at (512) 776-7559, or e-mail library@dshs.state.tx.us.

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mrl-diamondFeatured New Articles
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mrl-diamondCalendar (arranged in descending order)

Faith Community Nurse Teleconferences through Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas: register with rebekah.seymour@bhset.net

Friday, January 8, 2016: THMN meeting, Institute for Spirituality and Health, 8100 Greenbriar Drive, Houston.  Contact drkaren@centerforfaithandhealth.org.

January 28, 29, 30 & Feb 25,26,27: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Contact DorisGiles@mhd.com

March 11, 2015: Last day for full registration in Foundations of Faith Community Nursing online course, March 30-June 21, 2016. Contact paulalilja2@verizon.net

April 7-10, 2016: Westberg Symposium, Double Tree Chicago North Shore Hotel & Conference Center, Skokie, ILwww.churchhealthcenter.org   Registration begins 11/9 

Friday, April 29, 2016: THMN meeting, Wesley Health and Wellness Center, 1406 Fitch, San Antonio.  Contact Catalina Schultze-Kraft, cshultz-kraft@mhm.org

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mrl-diamondSelected Web Links

Please note that web addresses change often - these were valid as of 1/19/11.

Bioterrorism information
Bioterrorism/Disaster Preparedness Resources from the Medical and Research Library (DSHS): http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/library/bt-books.shtm
Community Preparedness Section (DSHS): http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/comprep/default.shtm
CDC website on bioterrorism and other public health emergencies: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/
Texas Division of Emergency Management: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/index.htm

Faith Community Nursing Resources (Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore). This website provides nurses with quality health information resources to support their work with faith communities. It brings together health and life topics, referral information, regional information for the state of Maryland and resources that support the profession of parish nursing.

Funding Information Center. The FIC is part of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Library and Information Services Program, and provides information about public and private grant opportunities to promote public health. Services for Texas residents include a free weekly alert of new grants and a lending library of materials about funding sources and nonprofit management.

Health Ministries Association. HMA is an interfaith membership organization, serving the people who belong to the Faith Health Ministry Movement. This is the national organization's website.

Health Observances Calendar. Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. This calendar is sponsored by the National Health Information Center.

Interfaith Health Program

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center works with nurses and communities as they explore ways to incorporate parish nursing into their faith tradition.

Nurses Christian Fellowship. NCF provides a local, regional, national and international network for Christian nursing. It is the home of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Office of Rural Health (Texas). The Texas State Office of Rural Health is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs and interests of rural Texas communities.

Parish Nurse Center Resource List from Carroll College. This resource list includes many interesting links to information on parish nursing.

Texas Health Ministries Network. (Do not have a website at present.) The purpose of the Texas Health Ministries Network is to promote a statewide network for health promotion education and access to resources; provide educational opportunities targeted to members needs; and maintain a database of faith community nurses and health ministers in Texas. The target audience is faith community nurses and health ministers, including clergy, social workers, health administrators, and educators.

Texas Nurses' Association, Capital Area chapter

UMC Health Ministry Network. Information about parish nursing in general and in the United Methodist Church.

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mrl-diamondResource People

The following people are willing to be contacted as a resource for other health ministry/faith community nurses. To add yourself to this list, click here.

Atlena Beckford, APRN -NP
9103 Little Green Street
Tomball, TX 77575
(301) 655-8147
Email: rosebec@hotmail.com
Area of expertise: Volunteer for health teaching, event planning, resource person

Rita Carlson, MSN, Volunteer Retired-RN
Parish Nurse Coordinator
Regional & Local Services, M2
Department of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-7770
E-mail: rita.carlson@dshs.state.tx.us
Area of expertise: Co-coordinates Parish Nurse Connections program at the Texas Department of State Health Services, including maintaining a detailed database of parish nurses in Texas for referral purposes.

Mary Chase-Ziolek, Professor of Health Ministries and Nursing, PhD, RN
North Park University and Seminary
3225 W. Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 244-6201
E-mail: mchase-ziolek@northpark.edu
Area of expertise: Interdisciplinary health ministry education, faith-based community health initiatives, clergy health, religion, spirituality and health, online education.

Dorothy Chesley, RN, PhD
Volunteer Health Ministry Coordinator
Regional & Local Services, M2
Department of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-7770
E-mail: dorothy.chesley@dshs.state.tx.us
Area of expertise: Co-coordinates Parish Nurse Connections program at the Texas Department of State Health Services, including maintaining a detailed database of parish nurses in Texas for referral purposes.

Jean Deliganis, RN, PhD
Faith Community Nurse/Project Coordinator
St. Philip of Jesus/University of the Incarnate Word Health Ministry
130 Bank St.
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 224-7122 (work)
Fax: (210) 224-4645
E-mail: deligani@uiwtx.edu or jeanandtom@satx.rr.com
Area of expertise: Consultant in helping nurses get started in a parish nurse role.

Carol Gaskamp, PhD, RN 
University of Texas at Austin
1700 Red River, Austin TX 78701
(512) 528-0237
E-mail: cgaskamp@mail.nur.utexas.edu (work)
Area of expertise: Assistant professor, clinical nursing, can serve in many areas - completed parish nurse curriculum in 2001.

Verda L. Gaines, RN, BSN, Faith Community Nurse, CHWI (Community Health Worker Instructor)
11435 Graywood Drive
Houston, TX 77089
(281) 484-1694
E-mail: verda1117@aol.com
Area of expertise: Faith Community Nursing as a community resource as applied to underserved and traditionally marginalized communities utilizing a 'Health in All Policies' lens breaking out of 'Silos'- Health is not just blood pressures. It's education, jobs, housing, environment, socioeconomics, etc. Faith Community Nursing/ Coordinator 'community' model: Health Ministry, Lay Health Advocates, Community Health Worker Instruction, Volunteer recruitment, Community Engagement & Transformation, Susatainability, Outreach, Health Advocacy, Needs & Asset Assessment: Congregational, Community, Staff, Volunteer, Programs/Policies. Preventative Care: Health & Wellness, Healthy Living. Farmers Market & Community Garden as 'Public Spaces.' Faith/Spirituality: Inter-faith & Inter-religious, Intergenerational, Multi-Ethnic, Multicultural resources. Communication resources specifically by people of color Houston. FCN as an adjunct to Public Health, Hospital Transition/Coordination, Home Health, Hospice, School Nursing & Ambulatory Nursing. Health Education- fun and interactive for children, also teens to seniors. 

Anne Gifford
P. O. Box 1894
Colleyville, TX 76034
(817) 498-5660
Fax: (817) 946-1791
E-mail: gifford1@mindspring.com
Location: Mercy Heart Ministries, Parents and Partners of Prisoners, Fort Worth, TX
Area of expertise: Parish Nurse Educator, Health Cabinet, Hospital Chaplaincy.

Karen Hahn, Executive Director, PhD, RN, ANP
Center for Faith and Health Initiatives
14610 Wind Lawn Dr.
Houston, TX 77040
(832) 567-8316
Fax: (713) 466-1147
E-mail: CenterforFaithandHealth@gmail.com
Area of expertise: The Center for Faith and Health Initiatives has 35+ Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) in six Texas Gulf Coast cities developing faith-based health and social services. The Center also co-coordinates the Greater Fifth Ward Congregational Health Coalition, an alliance of 35+ organizations with 15+ churches in near northeast Houston.

Jane Hall, MS, RN, Regional Coordinator
Nurses Christian Fellowship
863 Arlington Drive
Waco, TX 76712
(254) 772-8174
E-mail: hall2j@hot.rr.com
Area of expertise: Provide NCF resources, information, and conferences for faith community nurses/parish nurses regarding faith community nursing practice, providing spiritual care, and other topics of interest to Christian nurses.

Beverly A. Foley Harris , RN, Parish Nurse
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church
3015 N. Macgregor Way
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 645-5006
Fax: (713) 645-5006
E-mail: bafoley@email.com
Area of expertise: Health ministry, health fairs, monthly theme happenings, example: Diabetes Sunday.

Vivian Harris, RN
Partnerships Coordinator, Immunization Branch
Infectious Disease Prevention Section
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347, MC 1946
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-6420
Fax: (512) 776-7343
Area of expertise: Assists public and private collaborations interested in projects that promote vaccinations for Texas children, adolescents and adults. Will provide technical assistance to those who seek strategic planning goals towards Immunizations and raising vaccine coverage levels. Will assist with networking and coalition building with like-minded coalitions and partners to provide immunization awareness, parent and public education events in your community.

Sharon T. Hinton, RN, MSN, FCN, EMT-LP
2750 County Road 260
Floydada, TX 79235
(806) 983-8096
E-mail: sth.rnr@door.net
RNR Parish Nurse/Health Ministry Training Center
Area of expertise: Specialize in teaching parish nurse basic prep and continuing education, consultant for health ministry start-up and development, and spiritual journaling for individuals, retreats, and small groups. Available to speak nationally on a wide variety of health & safety topics.

Trisha (Patricia) Horace, Congregational Care Nurse, RN, MSN, MS
14513 South Post Oak Road
Houston, TX 77045
(713) 504-2311
Fax: (713) 433-2015
E-mail: phorace@mdanderson.org
Location: Holy Trinity MBC/Superneighborhood 40/Southwest Community.
Area of expertise: Oncology, Heart and Diabetes Association speakers bureau, Adjunct Professor at Houston Community College.

Amanda Hovis, Nutrition Education Consultant
Texas Dept. of State Health Services, WIC Program
1100 W. 49th St.
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 341-4514
E-mail: amanda.hovis@dshs.state.tx.us
Area of expertise: Provide displays, handouts, posters and educational materials on infant nutrition/breastfeeding for childbearing age women, fathers or expectant fathers, teen parents, new grandparents (re support of breastfeeding), employers, and healthcare providers.

Cassandra Howard, CEO and Managing Partner, CORE Institute
P.O.Box 2041
Allen, Texas 75013
Area of expertise: ANCC Board Certified Faith Community Nurse, and Educator of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) curriculum.  Program management, grant writing, training and mentoring faith community nurses.  She has helped non-profits/faith-based organization established over 120 faith-based wellness partnerships and trained 200 new faith community nurses.  

Paula K. Lilja, RN, DNSc, EFCA Health and Caring Ministry Educator
3213 Scenic Shore Drive
Seabrook TX 77586
(281) 532-3060
E-mail: paula.lilja2@verizon.net
Area of expertise: Teach the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation course in churches or hospitals located in Texas on request; Education for Basic Preparation of Parish Nurse/FCN & Development of health ministry.

Kathryn Medovich, RN, BS, FCN
Coordinator, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program
Lourdes Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program
Lourdes Vestal Medical
1020 Vestal Parkway
Vestal, NY 13850
FAX: 607-741-0073
E-mail: kmedovich@lourdes.com
Area of expertise: Speaker's bureau; resource person; development of health ministries & parish nurse programs; health cabinets; recruitment; annual seminar, involved in end of life issues, cover the uninsured issues, HIV/AIDS, Spirituality in the Workplace, Diversity Council, Trained Facilitator for Alzheimer's Association, Trained Arthritis Foundation Facilitator, involved as volunteer and professional in faith community nursing/health ministry, coordinating multi-faith soup kitchen health ministry.

La Vaida Owens-White, MSN, RN
Faith Community Nurse
Christiana Care Health Systems
Community Health Outreach and Education
700 Lea Boulevard, Suite 104
Wilmington, DE 19802
(302) 765-4557
Fax: (302) 765-4533
E-mail: lwhite@christianacare.org
Parish nurse location: Christ Our King RC Church, 2825 N. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19802.
Area of expertise: Establishment of parish nurse programs and health cabinets for Christiana Care Health System; Faith Community Nurse Network Chairperson, Health Ministries Association; International Parish Nurse Resource Center Faculty Educator.

Delores Ann Saddler, RN, MSN
14203 Candleshade Ln.
Houston, TX 77045
(713) 498-6875
E-mail: dsadd92935@aol.com
Location: Holy Trinity MB Church and the Southwest Community.
Area of expertise: Oncology nurse for over 30 years with specialty in GI cancers; speaker's bureau for American Heart Assoc. and American Cancer Society; mentor and preceptor for BSN nursing programs; and professor at Houston Community College.

Becky Seymour, BSN, RN, Congregational Health Ministries Coordinator and Educator
3080 College Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 212-5648
Fax: (409) 212-6106
E-mail: Rebekah.Seymour@mhbh.org
Location: Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas
Area of expertise: Coordinator and educator for the Basic Preparation Course for Faith Community Nurses sponsored through Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. Specializes in resources and networking for nurses in Southeast Texas. Provides continuing educational hours, along with coordinating an annual spiritual retreat for health care workers called “Camp Nurse and Health Ministries Retreat”. National speaker and musician who provides professional presentations with musical influence on multiple health and spiritual topics.

Jacqueline Tate, RN, CCRN, ACLS
14513 South Post Oak Rd.
Houston, TX 77045
(713) 433-2652
E-mail: tjacrun@sbcglobal.net
Location: Holy Trinity MB Church and Southwest Community.
Area of expertise: Cardiovascular, Renal and Emergency Medicine.

Marsha D. Thomas, RN, BSHA
King of Glory Lutheran Church
6411 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
(513) 884-0881 or (972) 663-5887
Fax: (972) 386-8386
E-mail: mizmdt@yahoo.com
Area of expertise: Starting new parish nursing/health ministries programs, strengthening existing programs; externship instructor for parish nursing/community health; engaging minority faith communities to change outcomes through health fairs, health cabinet, etc.

Kathy Tomlinson, Faith-Based Partnership Manager
1715 Yankee Doodle Road, Suite 301
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 789-2304
Fax: (651) 681-7115
E-mail: ktomlinson@caringbridge.org
Area of expertise: CaringBridge is a free, nonprofit web service that serves families and keeps people connected to share information, love and support during a hospitalization, treatment and recovery.

Selma Ann Verse, RN, MEd
5081 SE Burning Tree Circle
Stuart, FL 34997
Cell Phone: 954-629-7865
Home phone: 772-287-0813
Fax: 772-283-5563
E-mail: Verses5@aol.com
Area of expertise: Independent Nursing Education Consultant and Parish Nurse, resource for developing and maintaining a parish nurse practice.

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Anaebere AK, Delilly CR. Faith community nursing: supporting mental health during life transitions. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2012 May;33(5):337-9.
The Faith Community Nurse can be an important agent in supporting the mental health of individuals during important life transitions by providing social support, spiritual care, referral services, and health education. Faith communities often include individuals of many generations; the young and old, newly married and recently widowed, new parents, and families whose young adults have recently left home. Nurses who provide care in these settings will likely have unique and frequent opportunities to provide mental health services and referrals to individuals experiencing transitions related to crisis, hospitalization, death, and other important life changes. Faith Community Nurses are at the frontline, aiding faith communities in supporting holistic health of the mind, body, and spirit.

Dyess SM, Chase SK. Sustaining health in faith community nursing practice: emerging processes that support the development of a middle-range theory. Holistic Nursing Practice. 2012 Jul-Aug;26(4):221-7.
This article reveals processes that support theoretical development for holistic nursing in the context of a faith community. The emerging processes enhance the articulation of the holistically focused practice, add clarity to faith community nursing activities and outcomes, and contribute to theoretical clarification and development. Theoretical clarity is essential to guide faith community nursing practice, research, and education because there is tremendous potential for the specialty practice to contribute to the health of a community across the continuum of caring and because to date there has been no unifying model for this practice proposed. A lack of a theoretical basis can result in disparate and disconnected approaches to studying, testing, and promoting the practice.

King MA, Pappas-Rogich M. Faith community nurses: implementing Healthy People standards to promote the health of elderly clients. Geriatric Nursing. 2011 Nov-Dec;32(6):459-64.
The face of aging in our society has changed dramatically over the past generation. Many seniors struggle to access needed services, which include health promotion and disease prevention activities. A “Parish Nurse Questionnaire” was developed by the authors using the Healthy People 2010 Critical Health Indicators, the International Parish Nurse Resource Center functions of the parish (faith community) nurse, and the ANA Scope and Standards for Faith Community Nurses to ascertain if, and how frequently, faith community nurses practice interventions that address strategies mandated by these organizations. Data collected on 102 participants supported that the faith community nurse model of community-based practice guides the development of strategies addressing those established standards. Those who provide health promotion and disease prevention activities in faith communities serve as viable partners with community initiatives, which may help to provide more seamless and efficient services to the elder in the community.

Willis RE, Krichten AE. Stopping the ouch of injury: injury prevention for faith community nurses. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2012 Jan-Mar;19(1):17-22.
Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) work in congregations to promote health within and beyond the faith community. The FCN is in an ideal situation to promote injury prevention, but many FCNs lack the resources to facilitate injury-prevention programs. Our community teaching hospital's trauma services department undertook a project to increase awareness among FCNs of their role in promoting injury-prevention strategies by developing an injury-prevention resource library and hosting a train-the-trainer workshop for FCNs. This endeavor was very successful and helped forge an ongoing collaborative relationship between faith communities and trauma services.

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mrl-diamondJournal Articles

[The following selected articles are from well-known journals and should be available in most nursing libraries.]

Anderson CM. The delivery of health care in faith-based organizations: parish nurses as promoters of health. Health Communication, 2004; 16(1):117-28.

Armmer FA, et al. Parish nursing: extending health care to urban African-Americans. N and HC Perspectives on Community, 1995 Mar-Apr;16(2):64-8.

Baldwin KA, et al.  Perceived health needs of urban African American church congregants.  Public Health Nursing, 2001 Sep-Oct, 18(5):295-303.

Bay MJ. Healing partners: the oncology nurse and the parish nurse. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 1997 Nov;13(4):275-8.

Bergquist S, et al. Parish nursing--a conceptual framework. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 1994 Jun;12(2):155-70.

Biddix V, Brown HN. Establishing a parish nursing program. Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, 1999, Mar-Apr. 20(2):72-5.

Boario M.  Mercy model: Church-based health care in the inner city.  Journal of Christian Nursing, 1993 Winter;10(1):20-22.

Bokinskie JC, Kloster PK. Effective parish nursing: building success and overcoming barriers. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2008 Jan-Mar;25(1):20-5.

Boland CS. Parish nursing. Addressing the significance of social support and spirituality for sustained health-promoting behaviors in the elderly. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 1998  Sep;16(3):355-68.

Boutain DM. Collective knowledge sharing as a social justice strategy: the difference it made in a service project about preterm birth disparity. ANS Advances in Nursing Science. 2009 Apr-Jun;32(2):E68-80.

Brown AR, et al. Faith community nursing demonstrates good stewardship of community benefit dollars through cost savings and cost avoidance. Family & Community Health. 2009 Oct-Dec;32(4):330-8.

Brudenell I. Parish nursing: nurturing body, mind, spirit, and community. Public Health Nursing, 2003 Mar-Apr, 20(2):85-94

Brudenell I. Parish nursing: nurturing body, mind, spirit, and community. , 2003 Mar-Apr, 20(2):85-94

Buijs R, Olson J.  Parish nurses influencing determinants of health.  Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2001 Spring, 18(1):13-23.

Bunkers SS. A nursing theory-guided model of health ministry: human becoming in parish nursing. Nursing Science Quarterly, 1998 Spring;11(1):7-8.

Bunkers SS; Michaels C; Ethridge P. Advanced practice nursing in community: nursing's opportunity. Advanced Practice Nursing Quarterly, 1997, 2(4):79-84.

Carlson GE. Minister of health... the parish nurse. MCN: American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 1989, 14(5):305-6.

Cassidy K.  Partners in healing: home care, hospice, and parish nurses.  Home Healthcare Nurse, 2002 Mar, 20(3):179-83.

Catanzaro AM, Meador KG, Koenig HG, Kuchibhatla M, Clipp EC. Congregational health ministries: a national study of pastors' views. Public Health Nursing, 2007 Jan-Feb;24(1):6-17.

Chase-Ziolek, M, Gruca J.  Clients' perceptions of distinctive aspects in nursing care received within a congregational setting.  Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2000 Fall, 17(3):171-83.

Chase-Ziolek M, Striepe J. A Comparison of urban versus rural experiences of nurses volunteering to promote health in churches. Public Health Nursing, 1999, 16(4):270-279.

Chase-Ziolek M, Iris M. Nurses' perspectives on the distinctive aspects of providing nursing care in a congregational setting. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2002 Fall, 19(3):173-86.

Cherry C. Using Family History to Assess Women's Cancer Risk in a Parish Nurse Setting. Nursing and Health Sciences, 2006 Jun; 8(2):129.

Chesley DA. Parish nursing & cancer prevention. Texas Nursing, 1998, 72(6):5. 

Coenen A, Weis, DM, Matheus, R. Describing Parish Nurse Practice Using the Nursing Minimum Data Set. Public Health Nursing. 1999, 16(6):412-416.

Connor A, Donohue ML. Integrating faith and health in the care of persons experiencing homelessness using the parish nursing faculty practice model. Family & Community Health. 2010 Apr-Jun;33(2):123-32.

Cowart LW, et al. Designing and pilot-testing a church-based community program to reduce obesity among African Americans. ABNF Journal. 2010 Winter;21(1):4-10.

Daniels NA, Juarbe T, Moreno-John G, Perez-Stable EJ. Effectiveness of adult vaccination programs in faith-based organizations.Ethnicity & Disease, 2007 Winter;17(1 Suppl 1):S15-22.

DeHaven MJ, Hunter IB, Wilder L, Walton JW, Berry J. Health programs in faith-based organizations: are they effective? American Journal of Public Health, 2004 Jun; 94(6):1030-6.

DeSchepper C. Healthier Communities through Parish Nursing. Health Progress, 1999, 80(4):56-58.

Dossett E, Fuentes S, Klap R, Wells K. Obstacles and opportunities in providing mental health services through a faith-based network in Los Angeles. Psychiatric Services 2005 Feb; 56(2):206-8.

Drummond M; Buss TF; Ladigo MA. Volunteers for community health... parish nursing programs. Health Progress, 1992, 73(5):20-4.

Dunkle RM. Parish nurses help patients--body and soul. RN. 1996 May;59(5):55-7.

Dyess S, Chase SK, Newlin K. State of research for Faith Community Nursing 2009. Journal of Religion and Health. 2010 Jun;49(2):188-99.

Ebersole P.  Parish nurse leaders.  Geriatric Nursing, 2000 May;21(3):148-149.

Farrell SP, Rigney DB. From dream to reality: how a parish nurse program is born. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2005 Winter; 22(2):34-7.

Forster-Burke D, Ritter L, Zimmer S. Collaboration of a model osteoporosis prevention and management program in a faith community. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2010 Mar;39(2):212-9.

Friedemann ML, Mouch J, Racey T. Nursing the spirit: the Framework of Systemic Organization.
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2002 Aug. 39(4):325-332.

Garity J, Ryan A. The impact of an advisory board on a parish nurse program. Journal of Nursing Administration, 2002 Dec, 32(12):616-9.

Hall CP, Hall JD, Pfriemer JT, Wimberley PD, Jones CH. Effects of a culturally sensitive education program on the breast cancer knowledge and beliefs of Hispanic women. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2007 Nov;34(6):1195-202.

Harris MD. Nursing in the faith community. Nursing. 2011 Jan;41(1):46-8.

Hegarty M, Hammond L, Parish K, Glaetzer K, McHugh A, Grbich C. Nursing documentation: non-physical dimensions of end-of-life care in acute wards. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 2005 Dec; 11(12):632-6.

Hemstrom M, et al.  The clinical specialist in community health nursing: A solution for the 21st century.  Public Health Nursing, 2000 Sep-Oct;17(5):386-91.

Huggins D. Parish nursing: a community-based outreach program of care. Orthopaedic Nursing, 1998 Mar-Apr;17(2 Suppl):26-30.

Hughes CB. Primary care parish nursing: outcomes and implications. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 2001 Fall; 26(1):45-59.

Joel LA. Parish nursing: as old as faith communities. American Journal of Nursing, 1998 Aug;98(8):7.

Kennedy BM, Paeratakul S, Champagne CM, et al. A pilot church-based weight loss program for African-American adults using church members as health educators: a comparison of individual and group intervention. Ethnicity and Disease, 2005 Summer; 15(3):373-8.

King JM, et al. Coalition building between public health nurses and parish nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 1993 Feb;23(2):27-31.

Kiser M; Boario M; Hilton D. Transformation for health: a participatory empowerment education training model in the faith community. Journal of Health Education, 1995, 26(6):361-5.

Kolb SE. Ministerio de Salud: development of a mission driven partnership for addressing health disparities in a Hispanic community. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 2003 Fall; 9(3): 6-12.

Kotecki CN. Incorporating faith-based partnerships into the curriculum. Nurse Educator, 2002 Jan-Feb, 27(1):13-5.

Kuhn JK. A profile of parish nurses. Journal of Christian Nursing, 1997 Winter, 14(1):26-8.

Laken MA, Wilcox S, Swinton R. Working across faith and science to improve the health of African Americans. Ethnicity & Disease, 2007 Winter;17(1 Suppl 1):S23-6.

Lenehan GP. Free clinics and parish nursing offer unique rewards. Journal of Emergency Nursing 1998 Feb;24(1):3-4.

Ludwig-Beymer P, et al. Keeping people healthy--parish nursing's role in CQI. Journal of Christian Nursing, 1998 Winter;15(1):28-31.

Maddox M. Clinical experience in parish nursing. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2003 Spring, 20(2):18-20.

Magilvy JK, et al. Parish nursing: advancing practice nursing. Model for healthier communities. Advanced Practice Nursing Quarterly, 1997 Spring;2(4):67-72.

Matteson MA, Reilly M, Moseley M.  Needs assessment of homebound elders in a parish church: Implications for parish nursing.  Geriatric Nursing, 2000 May;21(3):144-147.

Mayernik D, Resick LK, Skomo ML, Mandock K. Parish nurse-initiated interdisciplinary mobile health care delivery project. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2010 Mar;39(2):227-34.

McCabe J, Somers S. Faith community nursing: meeting the needs of seniors. Journal of Christian Nursing. 2009 Apr-Jun;26(2):104-9.

McDermott MA; Solari-Twadell PA; Matheus R. Promoting quality education for the parish nurse and parish nurse coordinator. Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, 1998, 19(1):4-6.

McDermott MA, et al. When the population is a congregation: the emerging role of the parish nurse. Journal of Community Health Nursing 1993;10(3):179-90.

McGee AK. Parish nursing brings health care closer to home. Texas Nursing, 1998, 72(6):4-5, 12. 

McGinnis SL, Zoske FM. The emerging role of faith community nurses in prevention and management of chronic disease. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 2008 Aug;9(3):173-80.

McMillan LR, Smith-Hendricks C, Gore T. A volunteer citizen-servant pilot program using tailored messages to empower Alabamians to live healthier lives. Public Health Nursing. 2010 Nov-Dec;27(6):513-9.

Medvene LJ, Wescott JV, Huckstadt A, Ludlum J, Langel S, Mick K, Patrick R, Base M. Promoting signing of advance directives in faith communities. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2003 Nov; 18(11): 914-20.

Mendelson SG, McNeese-Smith D, Koniak-Griffin D, Nyamathi A, Lu MC. A community-based parish nurse intervention program for Mexican American women with gestational diabetes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 2008 Jul-Aug;37(4):415-25.

Miles L. Getting started. Parish nursing in a rural community. Journal of Christian Nursing, 1997 Winter, 14(1):22-5.

Miller S, Carson S. A documentation approach for faith community nursing. Creative Nursing. 2010;16(3):122-31.

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O'Brien M. Parish nursing: meeting spiritual needs of elders near the end of life. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2006 Summer; 23(1):28-33.

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Parker W. How well do parish nurses document? Journal of Christian Nursing, 2004 Spring;21(2):13-4.

Patillo MM, Chesley D, Castles P. Faith community nursing: parish nursing/health ministry collaboration model in central Texas. Family & Community Health, 2002 Oct, 25(3):41-51.

Patterson DL. Eight advocacy roles for parish nurses. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2007 Jan-Mar;24(1):33-5.

Perkin K. Parish nursing and hospitals. Health Progress, 2007 Jan-Feb;88(1):44-7, 69.

Peterson, JE. Breaking the cycle of school violence. How can parish nurses help? Journal of Christian Nursing, Summer 2001, 18(3):20-23.

Peterson J, Atwood JR, Yates B. Key elements for church-based health promotion programs: outcome-based literature review. Public Health Nursing, 2002 Nov-Dec, 19(6):401-11.

Quenstedt-Moe G. Parish nursing & home care. Journal of Christian Nursing, 2003 Summer;20(3):26-30; comment 31.

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Reifsnider E, et al. Shaking and rattling: developing a child obesity prevention program using a faith-based community approach. Family and Community Health. 2010 Apr-Jun;33(2):144-51.

Reilly JR, et al. Spread the word, not the germs: a toolkit for faith communities. Journal of Christian Nursing. 2011 Oct-Dec;28(4):205-11.

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mrl-diamondTheses and Dissertations

[Availability:  These are probably only available from the university or college where they were submitted or through a commercial information service like ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. Check with your local library to see if inter-library loan service is available.]

Bay, Mary Josephine. Educational and Experiential Formation in Parish Nursing. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2004 (189 p.).

Boyes, Pattie Aletha. Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Parish Nursing Practice. M.Ed. dissertation, The University of Manitoba, Canada, 1999 (178 p.).

Burkhart, Elizabeth Ely. An Instance of Knowledge Representation: Measuring the Domain Completeness of the Nursing Interventions Classification System in Parish Nurse Documentation. Ph.D. dissertation, Loyola University of Chicago, 2002 (269 p.).

Chase-Ziolek, Mary Ann. Health Ministry in the Life of a Congregation with a Parish Nurse: Caring and Connecting through Christ. Ph.D. dissertation, Loyola University of Chicago, 1998 (292 p.).

Clark, Margaret Beckwith. Interdisciplinary Ministry Collaboration: Faith and Health. D.Min. dissertation, St. Stephen's College, Canada, 2000 (213 p.).

Deliganis JE. Parish Nurses' Perceptions of their Educational Needs: A Study of Nurses who have Attended the National Parish Nurse Resource Center's Orientation Programs. Thesis, Texas A&M University, 1994 (281 p.).

Dieffenbach L. The Parishioners' Perceptions and the Role of the Parish Nurse. Thesis, College Misericordia, 1992 (120 p.).

Flahive, Margaret Mary. Parish nurses: Promoting a Ministry of Service in Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Ed.D. dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University, 2002 (171 p.).

Fuentes SK. Effects of Parish Nursing on Client Wellness. Thesis, Azusa Pacific University, 1997 (89 p.).

Geeding, Dan Magnus. Ministering to "Twelve Step Oriented Persons" through Biblical Curriculum in the Context of Parish Nursing. D.Min. dissertation, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1999 (267 p.).

Glenn PA. The Parish Nurse and the Health Promotion Model: A Feasible Partnership? Thesis, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1993 (68 p.).

Hanson MR. Development of a Congregation-Based Parish Nurse Practice within a Rural Faith Community. Thesis, Capital University, 1997 (214 p.).

Hill DW. A Study of the Parish Nurse Movement: Historical Evolution, Congregational Interest, and Parish Nurse Role Functioning. Thesis, Delta State University, 1996 (18 p.).

Larson LC. An Investigation of Parish Nursing and the Relationships between Congregational Assessments, Comparisons and Partnerships. Thesis, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1997 (105p).

Mang, Ann Marie. Parish Nursing. M.S. dissertation, D'Youville College, 2001 (79 p.).

Meyer, Anne Elizabeth. Parish Nursing and Health Ministry: Brought to a Pew Near You. M.S.N. dissertation, Bellarmine College, 1999 (33 p.).

Miller, Lynda Whitney. A Nursing Conceptual Model Grounded In Christian Faith. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Victoria, Canada, 1996 (253 p.).

Myers, M. Parish nursing: A process of authenticating self through wholistic theocentric interconnecting. Dissertation, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, 2000. [Contact lmmyers@wcl.on.ca for more information.]

Potter, Marcia. The Role of Health Ministry in the Global Healthcare Arena. M.A. dissertation, State University of New York Empire State College, 2006 (79 p.).

Scott LM. An adult and higher education perspective on the parish nursing experience. Dissertation, University of South Dakota, 1992 (248 p). [UMI Order #PUZ9228934]

Solari-Twadell, Phyllis Ann. The Differentiation of the Ministry of Parish Nursing Practice within Congregations. Ph.D. dissertation, Loyola University of Chicago, 2002 (227 p.).

Voisine, Michelle Casey. The Lived Experience of Recipients of Parish Nursing Care. M.S.N. dissertation, Southern Connecticut State University, 2004 (79 p.).

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mrl-diamondEducational Opportunities

Baptist Hospitals of SE Texas Faith Community Nurse Teleconferences give free CE’s.  For all the details, contact rebekahseymour@bhset.net.

Concordia College, Parish Nurse Center, 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56562. Telephone: (218) 299-3893.

Health Ministries Association, Inc., 295 W. Crossville Rd., St. 130, Roswell, GA 30075, holds an annual national conference and exhibition each summer. See website or call 800-280-9919.

Nurse Oncology Education Program. Call 1-800-515-6770 for more information.

Pacific Lutheran University, Continued Nursing Education, Tacoma, WA 98447-0003 presents "Basic Preparation Course for Parish Nurses." Call (253) 535-7683.

Rural Nurse Resource Parish Nurse Community Outreach Basic Preparation and continuing education and spiritual journaling programs. 2750 County Road 260, Floydada, TX 79235, (806) 983-8096, coordinator@ruralnurseresource.com.

University of the Incarnate Word-Parish Nursing Program utilizing the Endorsed Curriculum for Basic Parish Nurse Preparation, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. Contact: Dr. Jean Deliganis: (210) 829-3974 or e-mail: deligani@universe.uiwtx.edu.

Watson Caring Science Institute. Call (303) 546-7970 for more information.

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