National Resource Links:
Advanced Planning and End of Life Issues
Honoring Choices Minnesota is focused on helping every adult Minnesotan understand what Advance Care Planning is, and working with health care providers to make sure they offer assistance to all patients, and will honor your choices.
- The Conversation Project: https://theconversationproject.org/
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Wonderful resources, starter kit available, and you can sign up for the newletter.
- Birth Injury Center: http://birthinjurycenter.com/. This easy to navigate and comprehensive website is dedicated to promoting awareness of common birth injuries and their causes. Their mission is to help users find helpful information on devastating birth injuries and their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
- Cerebral Palsy Information CerebralPalsySymptoms.com.
Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood, with a child being born with CP every hour. Our goal is to raise awareness globally for cerebral palsy and other birth injuries.
- Cherish All Children: www.cherishchildren.org Cherish All Children is a national Lutheran ministry of prayer, education, relationship-building, and action to prevent child sexual exploitation.
- https://www.consumersafety.org/: A comprehensive resource offering safety guides for infants, families, patients and seniors, as well as publishing important health news, recalls and safety alerts.
- Consumer Safety Guide: Consider us a comprehensive resource for information about faulty medical devices, FDA alerts, and any other information about dangerous consumer products.
“As a church committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is called to welcome all people in all its congregations and ministries into full participation as baptized members of the body of Christ”
Faith, Health, and Healing
- Parish Nurse Video: Check out an excellent video about Parish Nursing at Peace Lutheran Church Ft. Myers, Florida: https://vimeo.com/147246222
- Church Health Center: www.churchhealthcenter.org The International Parish Resource Center (INPRC) transitioned in 2011 to it's new home at the Church Health Center. At the 2016 Westberg Symposium, it was announced that the INPRC had changed it's name to the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, in honor of Granger Westberg, the founder of Parish Nursing.
- Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing: https://westberginstitute.org/. Information about the Westberg Institute, events, courses, and Symposiums.
- Westberg's Faith Community Nursing page: https://westberginstitute.org/faith-community-nursing/. Information about Faith Community Nursing practice and standards, Foundation Courses and other FCN classes and events nationally.
- Church Health Reader: http://chreader.org/ A large variety of articles with great information for your health ministry. Subscriptions for printed versions available as well.
- Church Health Resources: https://store.churchhealth.org/
This is the Church Health Resource store. A variety of wonderful books and information.
- William's Wishes: http://www.williamswishes.org/
MISSION Statement: William's Wishes seeks to seed the development of new faith-based Health Ministries and Parish Nurse (also called Faith Community Nurse) programs, and to provide sustainability for those faith-based Health Ministries and Parish Nurse programs who are desirous of expanding the scope of their ministries. Through this mission, William's Wishes hopes to increase the number of individuals who receive the benefits of such programs and experience wholeness in mind, body, and spirit even when a cure may not be available.
- Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Parish Nurse Newsletter and Health Information
- Partners in Health Newsletter from Holy Cross Health, Silver Spring, MD
- Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program Winter 2017 issue of Partners in Health.
This has excellant information and is an example of what Parish/Faith Community Nurses can do to reach out to people in their area.
- Portico Benefit Services: www.porticobenefits.org As an ELCA ministry, Portico offers health, flexible spending, retirement, disability, and survivor plans to help rostered leaders and lay employees strengthen their well-being. By living well as whole people of God, we believe we can better enhance the lives of others.
- Portico Links to the Wellness Revolution:
- To learn about the ELCA Wellness Reformation: https://porticobenefits.org/wellnessreformation
- To access wellness activities like the Go challenge for individuals and congregations go to: https://porticobenefits.org/CallToLiveWell/HowPorticoCanHelp/WellnessActivities
- To find signs of a healthy leader go to: https://porticobenefits.org/CallToLiveWell/FaithBasedWellBeing/CreatingResilientLeaders
- Here is another link: https://porticobenefits.org/AboutUs/WhoWeServe/ShapingHealthyFaithCommunities
- Toolkit developed by Emory University for developing public health and faith community partnerships
The link to the toolkit is http://ihpemory.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MPF-3-21hcdp22.pdf.
- The toolkit describes 14 model practices unique to successful partnerships with the faith community. We feel it is valuable because it describes capacities that are unique to the faith community and is in a language and form that can be used: 1) to help public helth recognize the why and how to partner with this communirty and 2) gives language and meaning to the faith community about its distinctiveness and contributions they make to health, particularly reducing health disparities.
- Blog, Full of Years, by Author and congregational consultant BOB SITZE
- In short written and video entries, Sitze casts his wry eye in the direction of older adult life. He aims his insights at spiritually minded and purposed individuals who want to seize rich opportunities to serve God with wisdom and joy.
Sitze comments on his purpose: “I want to merge devotional thinking with positive approaches to senior living.” Directed towards the daily realities of older adults, the blog serves those already immersed in or approaching their later years—as well as those who care for them.
A special audience: Congregational leaders who might use the blogs as part of a ministry that begins with appreciation of the assets and agency of older adults. Archival and comment features make the site useful well after the original posting dates.
The following are links to webinars presented by the Partnership Center at HHS with the goal of educating and resourcing faith and community leaders on addictions and opioids.
Responding to Family Violence Toolkit
- This toolkit was developed by Texas Impact- an ecumenical group in Texas made up of representatives from mainline Christian, Jewish, and Muslin denominations who lobby the state represtnatives regarding important issues. They are currently dealing with Family Violence and Human Trafficking. There is a lot of good information, as well as a list of resources, in this toolkit.
- Link to Family Violence Toolkit
- Musical Reflections, Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist
Tami is a wonderful harpist and who produced many CD's that can be used for guided meditation, yoga devotions, relaxation exercises, helping with sleep problems and anxiety, to name a few, as well as for your listening enjoyment. She also has books with CD's titled Reflections on Grieving, and Grace Notes: Reflections on the Harp and Healing.
Mental Health Resources
A social message on....The Body of Christ and Mental Illness. Adopted by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on November 10, 2011
Pathways to Promise
This website is intenteded for faith leaders, interested laity, peaple with Mental Illness and their families, friends, and supporters, plus Mental Health Professionals interested in working with the faith community.
Mental illness touches every family, community and house of worship. Find resources here
for education, programs, advocacy and services.
Advocate's Congregational Health Partnerships has a Faith and Mental Health Booklet
with resources and information for faith leaders on mental health recovery.
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Connections Magazine
has an excellent issue on mental health. It is loaded with articles and resources for faith communities.
The Interfaith Mental Health Coalition
is a regional group that works with faith communities to reduce stigma, provide support and educate about mental health issues.
NAMI Basics Education Program
is a national signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants. For more information click on the brochure
The Partnership Center at the Department of Health and Human Services has provided an excellent resource list on opioids and addictions for faith communities. Download it here.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Treatment and Spiritual Care in Mental Health: Recovery as a Journey, Not a Destination, Journal of Christian Nursing, April-June 2018. CE Units available.
- Lutheran Parish Nurse International (LPNI), http://www.lpni.org/Lutheran Parish Nurses International, NFP [LPNI] exists to serve the Lord and His Kingdom through Christ-centered parish nursing in Lutheran denominations. Their web site contains devotions, health information, study tour information and a Bible Study, and more. The study tour for 2019 is to Singapore.
- International Journal of Faith Community Nursing (IJFCN) The official journal of Faith Community Nursing International (FCNI)
- The primary aim of IJFCN is to support the practice of faith community nurses worldwide through publication of research and best practices. This is a collaborative project with the School of Nursing at Western Kentucky University through the University's TopSCHOLAR program. Access is available through FCNI's website, www.FCNInternational.org and http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijfcn.
- Journal of Christian Nursing: www.journalofchristiannursing.com
JCN is an excellent journal for parish nurses! Each quarter it publishes articles relevent to parish nursing. JCN offers spiritual sustainance, clinical content specific to mutliple practice areas, and professional insight for all nurses. In every issue you will find articles approved by ANCC for relicensure and certification for parish nurses. Online articles are also available through the web site.
- Holistic healing:
Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
A wonderful article based on interviews from our own ELPNA nurses. It has also been put on the ELCA web site.
- National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing publication The Nurse’s Guide to Use of Social Media. https://www.ncsbn.org/NCSBN_SocialMedia.pdf
- The fall issue of the Parish Nurse Newsletter is now available at lcms.org/health Check the parish nurse resources and click on the fall newsletter. The focus of this newsletter is spiritual care by parish nurses. The spiritual care by the parish nurse is nit to replace that by the clergy, but is in addition to that of the clergy. The concept of team ministry is a real blessing for both pastor and parish nurse.
Options for Publication
Public Health Nursing: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1525-1446
Journal of Community Health Nursing: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hchn20/current
Journal of Christian Nursing: http://journals.lww.com/journalofchristiannursing/pages/default.aspx
American Nurse Today (American Nurses Association): https://www.americannursetoday.com/author-guidelines/
Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Sigma Theta Tau International): http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1547-5069
Nursing Outlook (Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing): http://www.nursingoutlook.org
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative: http://www.astho.org/Million-Hearts/State-Learning-Collaborative-to-Improve-Blood-Pressure-Control/
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Academic Practice Partnership Page: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/academic-practice-partnerships
Million Hearts 100 Congregations: https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/partners/100-congregations.html
- Lutheran Global Health Volunteer program is all about creating sustainable relationships between volunteers and companion hospital staff in an effort for mutual learning experiences, be that medical or spiritual growth experiences. Furthermore, these service opportunities in Liberia, Tanzania, and India are fantastic ways to share the wonderful experiences of the ELPNA with companion hospitals. Most companion hospitals have extensive palliative and home care programs which parish nurses would be well-equipped to support.