Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association
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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 COVID Corner


COVID-19 Vaccines for People Vaccinated Outside the United States

For the best protection, CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including people who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States. A person is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible.

Specific recommendations for people vaccinated outside of the United States (shown below) depend on whether:

  • The vaccine(s) received are accepted in the United States
  • The primary series was completed
  • A booster dose was received

Follow this link for more information on accepted vaccines, what to do if you received accepted vaccines and what to do if you received other than accepted vaccines.  There is also updated information on what to do if you have not completed the primary series and information on boosters. 

CDC - April 19, 2022

Long COVID Is Real, and Many Real Questions Remain

We continue to hear much about the long term effects of Covid on the body.  I read repeatedly of the impact it has on the brain, the heart, the clotting mechanism of the body, and other major organs.  This link takes you to an excellent article by Damian McNamara, MA on long covid, what we still need to learn about it, and research being conducted to  understand the phenomenon.  

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/967490?uac=324223CK&faf

'Deltamicron' With
Genes of Delta and Omicron Found

As has been true throughout the pandemic, one of the greatest concerns has been the development of variants.  The newest variant is one the contains genes of the Delta and Omicron variants.  While there are few cases diagnosed with this strain, it will continue to be closely monitored for transmissability and severity of Illness. 

'Deltamicron' With Genes of Delta and Omicron Found (medscape.com) (written by the Reuters staff)

Covid Vaccine Facts for Nurses Another GREAT Resource 

https://covidvaccinefacts4nurses.org/

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.


Health Articles for your Congregation

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

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 go to the Ministry Tools section in the Members Only area and find the May resources for Mental Health Month.    

Click here to get directly to the Ministry Tools Section.



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.



National Weekend of Prayer for Faith,
Hope & Life
May 13-15

Prayer:
Open our eyes to those living with mental illness and grant that we provide support, a listening ear, and comfort to those in pain. May our loved ones know they have a community that cares for them and that hope and healing are possible.

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!

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15th Annual Holistic Health Seminar on Memory Loss Self-Care for Healthy Aging:
Mind, Body & Spirit

A free virtual conference for residents, caregivers, and health professionals in the Greater Baltimore Area

Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Virtual Event* *Videoconference and dial-in options available. Messaging and data rates may apply.

Register online at tinyurl.com/HHS-June4 or call 410-935-0821

Registration is required. Please share information about this event with your family, friends, and coworkers!

For more information about this seminar and other community outreach events, visit www.baltimoremacab.org/holistic-health-seminar


Position Openings

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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


Celebrating Nursing:  Think about it ...

“Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the principle of evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. Every inch of the way is disputed. The night is given us to take a breath, to pray, to drink deep at the fountain of power. The day, to use the strength which has been given us, to go forth to work with it till the evening.” Florence Nightingale

May you too, have a time and way to replenish for tomorrow's service.



Reflection for Easter

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever,
With His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!  Robert Lowry 1974