Class helps nurses put skills and compassion to use at church

In addition to what I learned in class, I have so many people I can simply call or email for advice as I’m helping people at my church,” said Douglas, who attends First Baptist Church of Mahomet.

Parish nurses link the church with healthcare communities by serving as health and wellness educators and counselors. They also support homebound church members, as well as those who are hospitalized or in a nursing home.

Register for this fall’s five-session Community Parish Nurse Program course by Aug. 14. The $75 registration fee covers meals and supplies. Continuing education credits are available. Participants do additional online class work.

Classes in the Champaign-Urbana area are scheduled for:

  • August 28, 5:30—9:30 p.m.
  • August 29, 9 a.m. —4 p.m.
  • September 18, 5:30—9:30 p.m.
  • September 19, 9 a.m.—4 p.m.
  • October 3, 9 a.m.—4 p.m.

For more information or to register, call (217) 326-2583.

“We’ve been offering classes since 1997. We’re now the largest group doing so in the United States,” said Faith Roberts, The Carle Foundation director of parish nursing, professional practice and Magnet. “We’re always looking to welcome more parish nurses, especially as we all begin to face the added healthcare needs of aging Baby Boomers.

“I’m sure the next generation of parish nurses will step forward and continue this strong tradition of faith-based caregiving.”