Augustana Parish Nursing Center

Nursing Students

Purpose of the Parish Nursing Center

The Augustana Parish Nursing Center prepares registered nurses to address health needs with a faith community and assists interested churches in initiating parish nursing services.

"I have come that you may have life, and may have it in all its fullness." John 10:10

What is a Parish Nurse?

The parish nurse is a licensed registered nurse who faciliates the holistic health of the congregation, thus reclaiming the healing ministry of the church. The parish nurse focuses on the spiritual, emotional, physical and social dimensions of people as they strive to achieve healing and wholeness. The parish nurse provides health education and counseling, serves as an advocate, and assists in accessing health and community resources while promoting the understanding of the relationship between faith and health.

The Parish Nurse Preparation Course

The parish nurse preparation program prepares the registered nurse to initiate and maintain a parish nurse ministry within a given congregation. It is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute

Content of the course includes:

  • history and philosophy of parish nursing
  • spiritual care
  • healing and wholeness
  • self care
  • legal and ethical aspects
  • documentation
  • communication and collaboration
  • getting started
  • health promotion
  • accessing resources
  • advocacy
  • care coordination

We use an innovative approach to meet the needs of the busy lives of today's nurses while also providing face-to-face contact in developing a supportive network. 

Assistance to Churches

The Parish Nursing Center is available to provide information about parish nursing, consultation and assistance in initiating parish nursing and in assessing congregational needs.