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Welcome to the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association!  We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health in the ministry of parish nursing.  Here you will find information about parish nursing, tools to assist you in your ministry, as well as updates on our progress and activities. May God bless you with peace and joy!

Rising News

Grant Submission!

Yes! ELPNA has submitted our first grant proposal for the American Nurses Foundation "Reimagining Nursing Initiative" grant. Our vision is to pursue the outcomes of Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse interventions within a standardized BP Clinic. 350 proposals were submitted and only 11 will be funded. Although we truly believe in the importance of this work, it would most likely be a miracle for us to be awarded. However, the foundation of this proposal may become the next steps within ELPNA! Watch and see, or let us know if you are interested in working on related projects! You can contact Carol DeSchepper, Executive Director at cjdeschepper@gmail.com  to volunteer!

Snip & Sketch

We have just added a new ELPNA Edge tip sheet to help you use Snip & Sketch, which is a Microsoft application free with Windows 7, 8, or 10-so it is very common. Snip & Sketch is something we use to capture information to for use in communication and education. Check out the ELPNA Edge Snip & Sketch by clicking on the link.

Generally we will try to feature one of these initiatives on the website, but then accumulate them on our Members Only page for future reference.

Like and Follow us On Facebook!

Scroll down to the bottom of this page and visit us on Facebook.  Be sure to click the Like And Follow us on the Facebook page.  

Position Openings!

ELPNA will post Position Openings for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses on our website (see lower right corner). They will be featured under the Parish Nurse index tab and for now on our Home Page! To submit an opening, please submit the information to elpna.national@gmail.com

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love...There  is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." 
~Martin Luther King Jr.

The COVID Corner

Breakthrough Cases and Vaccinations

The information being reported on COVID-19 breakthrough cases may have you worried about your risk of acquiring the disease if you have been fully vaccinated. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were first administered in December 2020. The virus has changed since that time. The Delta variant is highly transmissible. Scientists monitoring the efficacy of the vaccines over time report that there have been breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated individuals.  But what the science continues to confirm is that those vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to suffer from severe illness or be admitted to the hospital. Vaccination against COVID-19 continues to prove the safest path to ending this pandemic.


Contributor:  Jeanine McGrath, RN, CCE, CD(DONA)/
Silver Spring, MD 20906-1042
Region 8

CDC Guidance for
Fully Vaccinated Individuals 
Updated September 1, 2021

If you have not had access to this information, please use the link below to access the newly updated CDC interim guidance for those who are fully vaccinated.  


Covid Vaccine Facts for Nurses
Another GREAT Resource 


The American Nurses Association is proud to partner with the American Nurses Foundation and other leading nurse and healthcare organizations to bring critical and current COVID-19 vaccine information to nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic.

United By A Common Purpose 
November is American Diabetes Month

Right now, things are difficult for people living with diabetes—and for those who love them. Between the constant bad news and the bleak forecast, it's easy to feel powerless, afraid and small.

Enough is enough. It's time to embrace a message of hope and empowerment. Because hope is greater than fear. Actions are greater than words. And unity is greater than division.

November is American Diabetes Month—a time to take action together, as a community. Because together, we can conquer this disease. Together, we stand greater than diabetes.

More than 34 million Americans are living with diabetes. Among those who have died from COVID-19, 40% were living with diabetes. It's time to make sure tomorrow is greater than today.

If not now, then when? If not you, then who? There's no better time than American Diabetes Month to reach out to your representatives and make your voice heard. Join the community in advocating for expanded testing, zero dollar co-pay caps and continuous health care coverage. Diabetes is an expensive disease in terms of treatment, impact on an individual's health overall, and certainly on one's mental health.  It is a disease that impacts the entire family. 

Teach your congregation about Diabetes and it's impact on those that worship with you.

Advocate in the public arena (see above)

Give encouragement to those with diabetes who need support.  

Find great resources at: https://www.diabetes.org/greaterthan


For as the heavens are higher
than the earth,

    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For you shall go out in joy,
    and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
    shall burst into song,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:9,12 (NRSV)

Patient Self Advocacy

Are you looking for health articles to include in your congregation's newsletter?

You don't have to re-invent the wheel! Advocate Health Care is kin d enough to allow us to post their monthly bulletin inserts on a variety of helpful topics.  You can to to the Ministry Tools section in the Members Only area and find all the bulletin inserts for this year.  

For November the topic is Patient Self Advocacy.  Information everyone needs to know when they are seeing their health care provider.  

Click here to get directly to the Ministry Tools Section.

Opportunity to learn and be part of the Communication Committee!!

We all know that learning new things helps our brains create new neural pathways and decreases the risk of dementia.  The ELPNA Communication Committee is in need of members who are open to learning.  Just some basic computer skills are helpful, and we can work together on the website updates, our Facebook, and the newsletter.  You do need to be a member of ELPNA to participate.  

Please contact Phyllis Bruce, pbceilidhdancer10@gmail.com for more information and any questions.  

Loving Heavenly Father,
We serve in your name and stand in awe of your faithfulness. Help us to listen for your still small voice as we seek to love you more deeply, serve others with compassion and justice, and share with them Your grace and peace. Shower us with your reckless and abiding love.  In Your precious and Holy name we pray.  Amen

Upcoming Events

Grants Available for Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse Ministries

We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations! Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide funds for start-up or development of a new focus in an existing parish nursing ministry, for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding.

Click here for more information and for the application form.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Matt 5:14-15 (The Message)

In Memory of Valborg Tollefsrud

by Phyllis Bruce, RN, MA

In August ELPNA Membership Committee made a recommendation to the Board of Directors that Valborg Tollefsrud become our first Honorary Lifetime Member Emeritus. Valborg is pictured here holding her framed certificate. On September 10, I had the privilege of meeting with Valborg in her apartment and presenting this certificate to her. She asked me to convey her deep appreciation for this honor. 

A Valborg Tollefsrud Scholarship Fund was started by some of her former students in her honor and the ELPNA Board of Directors recommended that these funds be used for an annual educational event. 

Valborg was able to remain in her apartment until she passed away on October 22.  Her obituary can be found here: https://www.startribune.com/ obituaries/todays/?page=21.

The Celebration of her life was November 1, 2021 at her church, Minnehaha Communion Lutheran. It was just after Reformation Sunday and on All Saint’s Day! Reverend Lee Halstrom wondered in his message if she had planned it this way, just as she had planned her service! Valborg had been in church the prior Sunday and had planned, with Rev. Halstrom, to give a talk on stewardship the next Sunday. She wanted her talk and had planned her memorial service to be about serving God and not about her. Truly, Valborg is a model of living fully whatever our circumstances. Her service was attended by her few family members, but mainly by her former students, parish nurse colleagues, and church friends. We lifted up our voices together in singing the grand Lutheran hymns; A Mighty Fortress is Our God, My God How Wonderful Thou Art, My Jesus I Love Thee, and Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past. Many wonderful stories were shared about her as we had lunch together following the service. Her presence will be missed here but celebrated in heaven!

Not a member yet?

ELPNA exists to support Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses who are Lutheran or who serve in Lutheran Congregations. If you are from another denomination please contact
elpna.national@gmail.com for further information.

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PO Box 8117
St. Paul, MN 55108

Last updated: 11/06/2021

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