Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association

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Welcome to Region 3!

Region 3 includes:

Western North Dakota Synod, Eastern North Dakota Synod, South Dakota Synod, Northwestern Minnesota Synod, Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, Minneapolis Area Synod, Saint Paul Area Synod, and Southeastern Minnesota Synod 

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Phyllis Bruce
Minneapolis, MN

Marie Wiegert
Minneapolis, MN

Becky Hulden
Taylors Falls, MN

Getting to Know Your Directors

Phyllis Bruce

I graduated from North Park College (now University) and Swedish Covenant Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL.  Following graduation I worked in ICU at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, then became a Clinical Nursing Instructor  in the same ICU.  I found I really enjoyed working with nursing students, but following the birth of my two sons, it was more practical to work on weekends as a staff nurse.  I continued to work in ICU and CCU at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital and eventually was hired as Nursing Instructor for the Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing.  I also attended graduate courses in Allied Health Education at the University of St. Thomas, achieving a MA in Education.  When this 3 year program closed  I was able to find a teaching position at The College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis Campus, a two year nursing program.  I taught there for 14 years before retiring from education accepting a paid position at 20 hours a week with benefits at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis.  I had felt God's call into parish nursing and have been blessed in so many ways by those I had the privilege to teach, help, minister to, and advocate for, during my 9 years there.   I had found my true calling and my true self during this time.  As others have said, “This was the frosting on the cake, of a fulfilling career.” 

Following retirement of my paid position, I continued to serve as unpaid parish nurse in my church and have enjoyed serving on the Region 3 and National Boards of the ELPNA.  I fully believe that every church should have a parish nurse on staff, and I support the ELPNA as we work toward making this happen. We do this by providing grants for taking Faith Community Foundation courses, starting Health Ministries, working with the leaders of the ELCA and other Lutheran churches and seminaries, and providing resources, information, and support through our ELPNA.org website and Newsletters. 

As National Membership Chair, I thank you all for your support and hope that you will continue to be not only a paid member, but an active member.  We need you to be willing to be part of the National Board, to be on committees, and keep working in your own churches and Synods to promote parish nursing. 

Marie Weigert

I received my Master’s Degree in Transcultural and Community Health Nursing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  For my masters project, I developed a nursing model using Jean Watson's Nursing Theory on Caring.  This included the various aspects of the theory and parish nurse functions. I was able to find stories from the members using all parts of the theory, and parish nurse functions.

I have been the chair of the Health Ministry at my church for several years.  We have arranged CPR/AED classes on the odd numbered years for the staff, and also congregational members.  Some of the classes for Adult Education that I have taught are “Living Well”, Healing Oils of the Bible, Making Your Home Healthy, Removing Toxins, and co-presented “What is Parish Nursing".

During the week, the Augsburg Central Health Commons uses one of the Sunday school rooms for those who are homeless and the working poor to receive basic health care.  Advanced nursing students from Augsburg University come to complete some of their practicum hours.

Region 3 Meet and Greet Gatherings

We plan to have 4 Meet and Greet Zoom Gatherings a year.  We had a May 10 meeting that included 1.25 CEU's.  Five members who attended the Westberg Symposium in April gave specific reports about the sessions they attended.  Following that Phyllis Bruce presented a historical monologue about the life of Florence Nightingale.  This meeting was recorded and there are plan to make it available on this website.

The next meeting will be August 9, 5:00-6:00 pm.  via Zoom.  A Zoom link will be sent out to Region 3 members closer to the date.  This will be more of sharing meeting about what is happening in your congregations.  Opportunity to receive help getting logged in to the new web site will be available.  

The last meeting for 2021 will be November 8.  The specific time will be determined. 

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Courses in Region 3

The Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN) offers the Foundations Course based on the newest curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing. This is now owned by the Spiritual Care Association, New York, NY. The course is a pre-requisite for RNs who would like to become Faith Community Nurses.  It incorporates the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing.

This unique course provides 38.25 contact hours taught by a diverse faculty of advanced degreed nurses with experience in education and faith community nursing who will engage students in active learning.   Nurses of all faiths are welcome.

For more information and registration instruction:  Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course (fcnntc.org)

Last updated: 07/18/2021

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