Congregational Health Ministry

Our Congregational Nurse (Donna Rutherford, RN) provides a healing ministry that helps support and fulfill the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our congregation. She is a volunteer on staff, our nurse minister.

Health MinistryNotes from the Congregational Nurse

Congregational Health
October 2016

The new articles for health are on the Health Ministry Bulletin Board in the hallway.  Choose from a variety of up-to-date health topics that may be beneficial to you and your family.  

 

October is the start of flu season.  Be sure to get the vaccine. The guidelines from the CDC tell us that if you are over 6 months of age, pregnant, have health risks,  or are over age 65,  it is best to get the flu vaccine as it reduces the incidence of the flu by 50 to 60%.  The CDC is recommending this year that children get the flu shot instead of the nasal spray as the shot is more effective against flu.  Check with your health care provider.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month and is a reminder to get your screening done if you are over the age of 50 or have risk factors for the disease.  Regular screening has cut breast-cancer related deaths by 35 to 50 percent.

 

 

 

Services and Duties of the Congregational Nurse

Healthy Living

Donna serves our congregation as:

– a health and wellness educator
– a health and wellness counselor
– a community liaison and personal advocate
– a member of the Pastoral Care Team

All conversations and records are strictly confidential. All records are secure. No one else has access to the records of the congregational nurse.

Her duties include:

  • Meeting individually with clients in the home, church, or hospital to provide holistic care and support.
  • Advocating for clients in the health system.
  • Promoting health education.
  • Providing health screening and monitoring, as with our First Sunday Blood Pressure Screenings.
  • Assessing the needs of the congregation and establishing programs to meet these needs.
  • Assisting in locating resources for the community.

The Congregational Nurse does not give direct hands-on treatment but helps to empower and enable clients in their healing journey.

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