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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!

The International Journal of Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI) has recently published the Fall issue of the International Journal of Faith Community Nursing (IJFCN) at https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijfcn/. This is a free-access online scholarly journal hosted by Western Kentucky University. The IJFCN publishes articles on innovative FCN programs, evidence-based practice, and FCN research. Prior issues are also available, making the IJFCN an exceptional resource to incorporate in your practice!

Authors and students are encouraged to submit articles for review to expand the knowledge base of our specialty nursing practice. Further information is available on the IJFCN website.

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

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.

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.

Health Articles for your Congregation

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 kind 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 the January bulletin on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  

Click here to get directly to the Ministry Tools Section.

National Health
Observances for January

As you plan ahead for health education in January, it is good to be aware of the following observances: 

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Month

Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence, and Violence Prevention.  

For more information, resources and links on the above health observances, please click here.

Glaucoma Awareness Month

National Blood Donor Month

Upcoming Events

ELPNA Board Member Contacts

It is our desire that members of ELPNA to have full access to contact information for our Board Officers and Directors.  For security purposes we have added this information to the Member's Only page.  The Board List with contact information is now available.  Click on the Officer and Director Contact List link.

What's New on this Website?

The Coming of God’s Kingdom
Carol DeSchepper,
Spiritual Director and ELPNA Executive Director

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the story where Jesus healing a demonic by causing the spirits to enter into a herd of pigs and all of them rushing into sea and drowning? 
Click here to find new meaning to this bizarre story!

 Cross the World

This is a wonderful idea for Lent but also for other times as well.  It can found only in the Members Only site.  A good motivator to become a member!

The story of these beautiful crosses and how to get them can be found on the Parish Nurse Ministry Tools page under Resources.  

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.

Read More About Membership!

Please contact us with any website recommendations or corrections at elpna.national@gmail.com

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Mail us at:
6626 Eliot View Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Last updated: 01/24/2022

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