Church of Bellingham
Parish Nursing is a visible symbol of the healing ministry within the
congregation through St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Parish Nurses do not provide “hands on” health care, and
do not replicate home health service. The Parish Nurse is a “partner” in health
and represents a caring church family and a professional health care system.
The Parish Nurses are:
- Health Counselors– Discuss individual health
needs such as treatments available, prevention and wellness, and provides
reassurance during times of concern or crises.
- Educators– promote the relationship between
faith, health, attitudes and lifestyle choices through programs and
- Advocates– Identify the medically
under-insured, indigent or isolated members of the congregation and provides
support in decision making regarding healthcare issues.
- Liaisons- Connect members of the congregation
to each other in response to congregation-specific needs and to appropriate
community services and agencies.
- Trainer-Supervise volunteers in health
- Healers-Facilitate an approach to healing of
body, mind and spirit through a variety of ways, including praying, being a
listening presence, and visiting at home, long-term care facility or
We are fortunate to have Brenda Nicholson and Maridel
Johnson volunteer as Parish Nurses.
The First Sunday of the month they provide a Blood
Pressure Clinic, the third Sunday of the month Maridel has office hours, and
they are both available at other times for consultation.