Parish Nurse History

We are accountable to those we serve for the resources in our trust and for working in partnership with others to achieve shared goals in improving health and quality of life of our communities.
MeritCare provides support and resources to Parish Nurses, including financial support, technical support, education/training, and education materials. Parish nurses support the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of parishioners and their communities. Some of the services include assistance in obtaining medical services, adapting to life changes related to health, visiting in the home, hospital or long-term care centers, coordinating and/or teaching education sessions and much more. Parish nurses are church staff members. This program assists in funding ministry in 19 sites including 24 parish nurses and 40 faith communities across the MeritCare service region.

North Dakota communities included Buffalo, Tower City, Fargo, Grand Forks, Cavalier, Cooperstown, Langdon, Arthur, Grandin, Hunter, Edmore, and West Fargo. Minnesota communities included Barnesville, Moorhead, Pelican Rapids, Wadena, Perham, and Fergus Falls.
10,000 + contacts to parishioners were reported by the parish nurses affiliated with MeritCare Parish Nurse Ministry Program.
20,000 parishioners have access to a parish nurse in their faith community.
Parish Nurse Ministry Coordinator presented at multiple conferences and faith communities across the region.
Several affiliated sites hosted MeritCare sponsored Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops.
Parish nurse sites participated in Celebrate Kindness 2005 through bulletin inserts, distribution of Celebrate Kindness specialty items, and education via Sunday school and vacation bible school.
Education topics presented to the faith communities included, but not limited to: Heart disease, chronic conditions, diabetes, cancer, tobacco and alcohol prevention, nutrition, weight management, advance directives and health lifestyle classes.