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
February 2017

February is Heart Health Month. Do you know your numbers… as in Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Glucose? Heart health is based on these numbers. Stop by the Pastoral Care Office on Sunday, February 12th and have your blood pressure checked. It is good to check blood pressure occasionally, even if you are on medicine. Unfortunately, as we age, the chances of developing high blood pressure increase. Untreated BP combined with high cholesterol and blood glucose can lead to heart disease. The February bulletin board is up. Choose from a variety of articles on healthy eating  and healthy living.  Please share with family and friends.

 

“True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” –  William Penn

 

 

 

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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