Quiz 29: The Faith Community Nurse

Nursing

The other name of Faith community nursing is parish nursing. It is a movement which has around 15,000 nurses registered in the United States (US). The movement focuses on an integrative model of health promotion and disease prevention. The nurses focus on practicing faith along with nursing care. Faith communities aim at promotion of justice and mercy along with nursing healing activities. In the nineteenth and the twentieth century, missionaries have developed the activities of the community nursing. Hospitals were built in the country on a large scale. Many political and economic forces came into action. In 1970s, the concept of total health care was supported. It supported preventive health care services. In 1980s, the parish nurses focused on the health of the patient and their families. Nurses talked to the patients to know their needs. In the early public health services, parish nurses provided health promotion services in the rural areas.

Faith community nursing is a movement, which has around 15,000 registered nurses in the United States (US). It is also called as parish nursing. The movement focuses on an integrative model of disease prevention and health promotion. The nurses focus on practicing nursing care along with the principles of faith. Parish nurses are responsible for taking care of the health problems of individuals and families living in a community. They take care of birth, death, stress, problems in life transitions, acute and chronic diseases and lifestyle related issues. There are two famous parish nursing models. The congregational model is the one in which the nurse is considered to be autonomous. The program rises from a single faith community. The governing body is the function of the nurse. The institution-based model is the one, which needs a larger collaboration and partnerships. It involves contractual relationships of the nurse with the hospitals, educational institutions and other medical centers.

Parish nursing is also known as faith community nursing. It is a movement which has around 15,000 nurses registered in the United States (US). The movement focuses on an integrative model of health promotion and disease prevention. The nurses focus on practicing faith along with nursing care. Parish nurses are responsible for taking care of the health problems of individuals and families living in a community. They take care of birth, death, stress, problems in life transitions, acute and chronic diseases and lifestyle related issues. A nurse has to perform many roles as a parish nurse. A parish nurse serves as a health educator and counselor. They also perform advocacy services for many clients. They also serve as referral agents of many organizations and agencies. There primary responsibility is to integrate the faith of a community while providing nursing services. The parish nurses often lead to develop various support groups. They volunteer to coordinate for many programs.

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