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Parish Nurse

The Parish Nurse manages the programs of Health Ministry, and reports to the Health Ministry Board.

The Parish Nurse will have a collegial, collaborative working relationship with the Ministers and other staff of the congregation. The Parish Nurse will work with the Ministers to establish such day to day details as:

  • Responsibilities in the Health Ministry
  • Ongoing and congregational communications
  • Teamwork and working styles
  • Professional needs
  • Administrative policies

The Parish Nurse will be hired as a contract position and must show proof of Ontario registration and Have RNAO liability insurance. The nurse is covered under the Church’s liability insurance for any injuries, damage incurred while on Church property or during the performance of Church related/sanctioned activities. Professionally the nurse is accountable to the College of Nurses of Ontario, and must register annually with the College. A photocopy of the registration is required.

The Parish Nurse will serve as a professional nurse and staff member of Armour Heights Presbyterian Church Working with the Session, its appointed Health Ministry Board and the minister(s) to establish holistic health measures that actively engage the congregation and reach out to the community.


Responsibilities:


1. Plays a highly visible role in the life of the church and community in the following capacities:

a. Health Educator; teaches or arranges leadership for various educational programs on a wide variety of health and faith related topics relevant to the congregation and community

b. Personal Health Counsellor: counsel on church site as well as when visiting the sick, home-bound, bereaved, those experiencing emotional problems and their families at home , hospital or other institution

c. Liaison and Referral Agent: Assesses spiritual and health needs making appropriate referrals when necessary i.e. To the minister, physician and/or community support services

d. In partnership works with the minister in developing pastoral volunteers within the congregation

e. Health Advocate: guides people in accessing and navigating their way through the complex health system, ensuring smooth transition from one setting to the other

f. Facilitator and Promoter of Faith Health Awareness: helps people with their understanding and application of how faith is linked with health in their own lives and communicates this concept through a newsletter and other media


2. Maintains confidential records and documentation for professional use and program evaluation.