Parish Nursing

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing believes in importance of service and community outreach.  Through the Parish Nursing Program, the School of Nursing offers training and support for individuals interested in parish nursing.

What is Parish Nursing?

Parish nursing, also known as Congregational Nursing or Faith Community Nursing, is a specialty practice of professional nursing and a professional model of health ministry that focuses on whole person health promotion and disease prevention from a faith perspective. 

There are seven identified roles of a parish nurse:

  • Integrator of faith and health (mission)
  • Health educator
  • Personal health counselor
  • Referral agent
  • Coordinator of volunteers
  • Developer of support groups
  • Health advocate

There are a variety of organizational frameworks for the ministry of parish nursing practice.  Many Parish Nurses serve in churches as volunteers, while others are paid staff members (part-time or full-time).  Institutions, such as hospitals, health care systems, and/or universities, also collaborate with churches to have parish nurses (paid or unpaid) serve in congregations.  Regardless of the organizational framework, the parish nurse is accountable to the Nurse Practice Act of the state he/she is practicing, as well as the Scope and Standards of Parish Nursing (American Nurses Association & Health Ministries Association, Inc., 1998).

Parish nursing does not embrace the medical model of care or invasive practices such as blood drawing, medical treatments, or medication administration. 

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center developed a standardized core curriculum that is being utilized throughout the world.  This course provides basic preparation for registered nurses that feel called to serve as parish nurses.

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center is a wonderful resource for information about parish nursing, visit

2014 Basic Preparation for Parish Nurses Class

February 14-15, 2014
March 14-16, 2014
(Participants must attend both weekends to receive certification)
Shocco Springs Conference Center—Talladega, AL
34 (ABN) Contact Hours
2014 Parish Nurse Brochure 



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