About Us - Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association


ABOUT US        

  • The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is a nonprofit, 501c3 membership organization.  It is comprised of registered nurses who are parish nurses affiliated with an ELCA/ Lutheran congregation or as an ELCA/Lutheran congregational member serving another denomination.
  • The national ELPNA organization consists of two directors from each of the 9 ELCA regions.  An election is held by the membership every fall.
  • Currently Region 3 is the only Region that has a Regional Board. 

Mission:
To provide leadership in fostering the spiritual growth and development of Parish Nurses, promote the expansion of this ministry into more congregations, and strengthen the Parish Nurse presence within the Synods.

Goals:

  • Assure Parish Nurses have a place at the Synod Council and are integrated into the practices and future development of the Church
  • Enhance the spiritual development of ELCA and other Lutheran Parish Nurses
  • Promote Parish Nursing within the ELCA and encourage the development of parish nursing programs within all ELCA  and other Lutheran congregations
  • Provide networking opportunities and forums for sharing programs, projects, and resources
  • Support parish nurses in their ministries and encourage appropriate wage and benefit standards
  • Promote wellness among congregations and our rostered leaders
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 Tee Shirt
Our Tee Shirts are now available for $15 plus $3 shipping cost
These shirts make wonderful gifts for your Parish/Faith CommunityNurse,  volunteers, or any one who supports the Parish/Faith Community Nurse Ministry

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to view the flyer and ordering information


Membership Dues:
The membership is open to Registered Nurses who have completed a Faith Community Nurse Foundations Course and are paid/unpaid/retired parish nurse staff.  The parish nurse should work with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation or belong to a Lutheran congregation and work in a church of another denomination.
Annual dues of $30.00 are for the calendar year of January 1-December 31. 
To Join:
Download and print out the Membership Form  Click here for the Membership Form.. Send the filled-out membership form and dues to: ELPNA, PO Box 8117, St Paul, MN 55118
Please Note:
Whether you are a paid or unpaid Parish Nurse, you may want to ask your congregation to support you by paying your dues to this professional organization. We have drafted a letter you can personalize and send to your pastor, parish council president, or appropriate committee.  This letter is to request that the church help in paying for the dues as a way to show support for your ministry.
Click here to download the letter.

Support:
Annual financial support is provided by member dues and gifts. All gifts are welcome.
The dues and gifts are used in part to support this web site, provide planned gatherings, and sponsor grant opportunities.  See News from the Regions for more imformation about your Region

Contact Info:
 Carol DeSchepper, Chair, National Boardof Directors, cjdeschepper@gmail.com.

Click here to download our ELPNA Brochure

The Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) is anonprofit, 501c3 membership organization.  It is comprised of registered nurses who are parish nurses affiliated with an ELCA/ Lutheran congregation or as an ELCA/Lutheran congregational member serving another denomination.  Founded in 2004, with the first membership list of 65 parish nurses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods of Minnesota. The organizational committee consisted of:  Sandy Connell, Sue Ann Glusenkamp, Carolyn Torp, Barbara Zell, Wanda Alexander, Tammy Devine, Brenda Hawkinson, Valborg Tollefsrud, Annette Langdon, Mary Nordvedt and Diane Waarivik. Bishop Craig Johnson was very supportive during this process.  In 2008 the ELPNA expanded to a National organization under the leadership of Annette Landgon.  Since then a National Board of Directors has been elected with representatives from 8 of the 9 ELCA Regions.  There is a listing of the regions on this web site and what synods they represent.  (See News from the Regions)

      The Web site was originally started in Region 3 and has now come under the management of the National Board. Each region welcomes input from ELPNA members. Check with your regional director who will help enter the desired information on the web site. 

     During the course of development this organization has worked with the ELCA Church wide office and fell under their 501c3 jurisdiction in 2010.  ELPNA is considered an independent Lutheran organization recognized by church wide in their yearbook every year.  ELPNA has worked very hard to have a presence at all the church wide gatherings since Minneapolis in 2009. The organization sets up an area by the paramedics with lounge chairs and a restful environment.  Discussion of parish nursing takes place, minor nursing care is provided and prayer is offered to all who enter the area. The organization has also been at national WELCA (Women of the ELCA) gatherings, Men in Mission conferences and National Youth Gatherings.  ELPNA is present every year at the Westberg Conference.

     ELPNA partners with Portico which provides financial planning and management to the rostered staff. Our liaison is Tammy Devine (a Lutheran Parish Nurse) hired by Portico to promote clergy wellness. This organization has helped provide excellent health information and classes that are available to the ELPNA membership to use with their congregations.  Portico  helped professionally develop the brochure used by ELPNA.  We are very thankful for Porticos support.        

     Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN has provided much support to ELPNA with meeting and retreat space as well as a wealth of educational speakers.  The campus has a parish nurse that has worked to help develop classes for parish nursing at the seminary level.

     Growing a national organization is a huge undertaking. ELPNA is an entirely volunteer effort.  The board welcomes input from all the Lutheran parish nurses across the country.  The main communication is through the web site and thanks to Phyllis Bruce (Minneapolis) and Mary Jo Halberg (St Paul) it has continued to expand and grow to meet many needs.  It is hopeful that with the cooperation of Luther Seminary special events and gatherings of the ELPNA can be live streamed throughout the USA.

     The national ELPNA organization consists of two directors from each of the 9 ELCA regions.  An election is held by the membership every fall.  An executive board consists of a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary, treasurer, a membership chair and a web site coordinator.  The board meets monthly by phone (thanks to Portico) and business is conducted.  Minutes are available on the web site. Dues for the organization are $30.  Out of this fee, $20 goes to the regional account where the member works and $10 goes to the National Treasury. 

The membership is open to Registered Nurses who have completed a Parish Nurse Preparation class and are paid/unpaid/retired parish nurse staff.  They should work with an ELCA or other Lutheran congregation or belong to a Lutheran congregation and work in a church of another denomination.

 Your membership and input is vital to our growth and presence at the ELCA gatherings.  Please consider joining us and supporting this vital network of parish nurses.  Questions and information can be directed to your regional representative or to any of the other board members.

Blessings to each of you as your ministering to so many continues to fill your hearts.

June Sand RN, BSN, FCN
Treasurer of ELPNA
djsand@comcast.net

 updated 9/24/17