Region 5 includes:
Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Northern Illinois Synod, Central/Southern Illinois Synod, Southeastern Iowa Synod, Western Iowa Synod, Northeastern Iowa Synod, Northern Great Lake Synod, Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, East-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Synod, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, and La Crosse Area Synod
There is an opening for a 15 - 20 hour per week paid Faith Community Nurse at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. For more information see the link below and contact Pastor Sarah Swindoll, Associate Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 5 Calendar
Welcome to ELPNA-the Evangelical Lutheran
Parish Nurse Region 5 web page.
Allow me to introduce myself.
I was born and raised in Chicago. I always wanted to be a nurse like my Aunt Cora, who left her home in Stoughton, WI and went to the big city Chicago to become a nurse at the Deaconess Hospital, graduating in 1959. At the beginning of my nursing career I worked on pediatrics at Evanston Hospital where I received my nursing education. My nursing career moved on from there and I worked for four local pediatricians. In the mid 1980’s. I was fortunate to hear Rev. Granger Westberg, the founding father of parish nursing, speak a Lutheran Church Women gathering in Chicago about his dream of a new ministry – “nurses in churches”- parish nursing.
In 1985 Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge began hiring parish nurses. Those first nurses were primarily in the suburbs. A couple of years later Rev. Westberg approached some of the Chicago churches about hiring a parish nurse and he came to my home church Immanuel Lutheran to spread the story of parish nursing. I attended some of meetings at the church and met Rev. Westberg who encouraged me to interview for the position. And I was interviewed and was welcomed into the ministry of Parish Nursing.
In 1989 I became the parish nurse, full time and paid, at Immanuel Lutheran and the sister church Ebenezer Lutheran. And I was also an employee of Advocate Health Care. What an amazing journey it was and a blessing to be part of the parish nurse ministry for 28 years! I retired in December 2016 and my churches hired another parish nurse to continue the ministry! I stay active in the parish nurse movement by serving here on the ELPNA Board. Oh, and my Aunt Cora was a member of the church’s Health Cabinet as we began the ministry at Immanuel!
I am one of the parish nurses on the video listed here on the ELPNA website "The Spirit of Healing...." produced by Advocate Health Care.
A Note from your Region 5 Director:
With the help of the list of churches in Region 5 on the ELCA website, I've been looking for the parish nurses in our region by looking at church websites. If you know of parish nurses, please let me know so I might reach out to them.
Advocate Health Care Faith Community Nurse
Ebenezer Lutheran Church & Immanuel Lutheran Church
email@example.com cell (773) 936-4751
COVID Resources for Illinois
Advocate Faith Community Nurse Program