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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 Omicron Boosters About to Arrive, With Some Controversy

By Kathleen Doheny

Aug. 31, 2022 – COVID-19 booster vaccines targeting the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants currently dominating in the United States could be available in the next few days, but their arrival comes with some controversy.

... the expected arrival of the updated vaccines has sparked debate among infectious disease experts and others.

Some have criticized the fact that the new boosters haven’t been tested in humans and say they will wait to get the updated booster or skip it altogether. Others worry that the public will view the new vaccines as rushed, increasing an already reluctant public’s hesitation to get another shot.

To read the entire article from WebMD, click here

Covid recovery program

NIH National Institutes of Health Turning Discovery into Health

The RECOVER Initiative brings together patients, caregivers, clinicians, community leaders, and scientists from across the nation to understand, prevent, and treat PASC, including Long COVID. This group is called the RECOVER Consortium.

Many of our parishioners and some parish nurses have had covid and now have symptoms that comprmise their lifestyle.  Follow this link to read more about this new initiative.

https://recovercovid.org/

The Consortium represents and supports more than 100 researchers who are leading studies on Long COVID at more than 200 places around the country. These studies have a diverse group of participants, including adults, pregnant people, and children. 

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

Endemicity - Will COVID-19 become endemic?

It is unlikely that COVID-19 will be eradicated as was SARS-1. Similar to the original coronaviruses, COVID-19 likely will become endemic in most countries, requiring similar management as that used to control many other endemic pathogens. Most importantly, major control of infectious agents has been achieved with the development of safe and effective vaccines. Smallpox was totally eradicated because of the administration of vaccine worldwide. Polio has been eliminated in the United States and most developed countries, and diphtheria and tetanus almost completely controlled. The major reduction of some other viruses such as measles, rubella, and mumps are further examples of vaccine success.

To read the full article from Medscape, please follow this link: 

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2500142-overview#a9

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

 Focus on Body, Mind, and Spirit

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 health flyers on a variety of helpful topics. 

You can find more health articles and other helpful tools for ministry by clicking here:

Parish Nurse Ministry Tools page under Resources. 

More Health Flyers to use!!


These are free health tip sheets that you can download and are published in English or Spanish.  There is a current month bulletin amd also an archive of hundreds of other topics to choose.   

The link can be found in the Member's Only section under Parish Nurse Ministry Tools.  Check it out now!!




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FREE Printable Resource: 

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events was developed in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This booklet provides practical guidance for caregivers—including parents, family members, teachers, clergy, and volunteers—on how to help support children after a traumatic event. This booklet provides readers with an overview of common reactions to violent acts, including a breakdown of common signs and symptoms by age. Concrete steps for caring for children’s emotional and spiritual needs in the wake of a traumatic event are also provided. 

To access and print the book click here

Position Openings

ELPNA will post Position Openings for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses on our website. They will be featured under the Parish Nurse index tab, on select regional pages, and on our Home Page! Each listing will be posted for 30 days. At that time, it may be reposted for 30 additional days. To submit an opening, please submit the information to elpna.national@gmail.com

    • 11/01/2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Alexandria, MN

    Position Opening - Church of St. Mary, Alexandria, MN

    The Church of St. Mary, Alexandria, MN, is seeking a Faith Community Nurse.

    The St. Mary’s Parish Community strives to be extraordinary in what we do and a leader in our diocese.  Our Catholic faith proclaims that all life is sacred, and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of the moral vision for our society.  We look to live out our faith in caring for others.

    St. Mary’s, located in Alexandria, MN, is one of the largest parishes in the St. Cloud Diocese with 2100 families and a growing K-6 school with 240+ students.  Alexandria is one of the fastest growing micropolitan communities in the country with an innovative school district and a diverse economic base.  We are located in the heart of Minnesota’s Lakes Area with convenient interstate access to the Twin Cities.

    St. Mary’s strives to live a Stewardship Way of Life which also means we strive to offer a just and competitive compensation package to our employees.

    We are willing to be flexible with the regular work schedule and this opportunity could range from 30 – 40+ hours per week, depending on the candidate’s interests.

    The primary responsibility of the Faith Community Nurse is to provide intentional care of the spirit while promoting and optimizing wholistic health care (spiritual, physical, mental and social) of the faith community. 

    Click here for the full position description

    Please email your letter of introduction and resume to Todd Wentworth, Parish Business Administrator, at twentworth@stmaryalexandria.org
    General inquires may be sent prior to application. Position will remain open until filled.




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. The next deadline for application is October 15, 2022.


Lutheran Services in America (LSA)

Lutheran Services in America

It is an exciting time for ELPNA as we join Lutheran Services in America (LSA) as an Associate Member. You might ask, why are we joining this organization? Founded in 1997, LSA is a national network of non-profit Lutheran service organizations in 48 states, providing a variety of services. These organizations share a common heritage and have common goals. LSA brings these organizations together in collaboration through educational programs and conferences that share ideas on service goals and advocacy. The mission of LSA is to champion Lutheran social ministry by building valuable connections, applying our voices and empowering our members to answer God’s call to love and service our neighbors. 

LSA + 300 members care for 6 million Americans

A Tribute to RNs 
Celebrating You, Nursing and our Ministry 

This Tribute is dedicated to all RNs, in all walks of life, for their never ending compassion towards humanity. May the Angels above continue to watch over them and protect them, always.

Upcoming Events

Spending Time in Their Shoes: Spiritual Care with the Elderly and Those Dealing with Dementia

By Rev. Kent Mechler

Date: September 27, 2022
Hosted by ELPNA EDucation Committee

Click here for more information and make plans now to attend.