Parish Nurse Program
The concept and practice of parish nursing was introduced in 1985 by Granger E. Westberg (1911-1999). Westberg was a Lutheran minister who held a joint professorship in medicine and religion at the University of Chicago and a professorship in preventive medicine at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Westberg is credited with recognizing the close connection between religion, medicine, and total person health and with founding the first parish nurse programs established in 6 Lutheran churches in the Chicago area in 1984. Since this time, parish nursing has continued to grow and evolve and is now international in its scope.
Meet Your Parish Nurse
A parish nurse is a registered nurse who has had additional training and serves the member of a congregation. In serving the congregation, the parish nurse may adopt one or more of the following roles:
Educator of Holistic Health
Liaison to Community Services
Teacher and/or Coordinator of Volunteers in Health-Related Activities
Healer – Body, Mind, Spirit