According to St. Joseph’s website (stjoesylvania.org), parish nurse duties
Does your parish have a nurse?
Can you ask your parish board about
starting a nurse ministry?
What programs could enhance your spirituality and health?
Health educator: promotes
an understanding of the relationship among lifestyle, attitudes, faith, and
well-being by offering educational programs or information to the parishioners.
Health counselor: discusses
health issues and problems with parishioners. Neary also visits parishioners
who are homebound or in long-term care facilities. Hospital visitation is
currently done by the deacons and priests.
liaison: acts as a liaison to other congregational
Volunteer coordinator: recruits
and coordinates volunteers within the congregation.
That’s why Neary offered
the 12-week weight-loss program. Taking care of our bodies is a fundamental
part of being good stewards of God’s creation—us! She also holds “Lunch and
Learn” meetings, where health speakers address a group; helps dispense annual
flu shots; holds health fairs; and coordinates an anointing Mass on All Souls’ Day.