Region 6 Includes:
Southeast Michigan Synod, North/West Lower Michigan Synod, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, Northwestern Ohio Synod, Northeastern Ohio Synod. and Southern Ohio Synod
Welcome to ELPNA-the Evangelical Lutheran
My continued goals are to promote membership and education of our organization by identifying, providing guidance and encouragement to other parish nurses and/or interested nurses, churches in our region and synod; and to impact our organization in participation through meetings, committee work.
My initial nursing education was at a wonderful diploma program – a 1972 graduate of Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing in Akron, OH. Upon graduation, I then served 2 years in the Navy at Philadelphia Naval Hospital.
Upon returning to Ohio in 1974 I resumed a civilian life, nursing in a community hospital working in Med-Surg, Pediatrics, OB, infection control and employee health – oh the versatility of nursing! Along the way I completed my BSN – thanks to the GI bill. And then in 1995 I completed an MSN in Child and Adolescent Primary Care and became a PNP. Both degrees were earned at the University of Akron.
Our family moved to Cincinnati in 1998, to enable me to work as a PNP to serve the underserved in school – based public health programs, eventually living the dream of providing primary care in a full-fledged School Based Health Clinic. I retired from fulltime employment in 2018.
I re-affiliated with the Navy Reserve in 1989 and retired with 24 years of service in 2011. I did see the world – joining military medical teams in Thailand, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Gabon-Africa, and in 2010 on the USNS Comfort providing care to earthquake victims. A life lesson of traveling the world; we are so much more alike than we are different!
Becoming a Parish Nurse is a realized desire of my heart since the 1980s when I met Granger Westberg. And now finding our way through the Pandemic, I feel God has put me in the right place at the right time. Another life lesson: networking – it is so important to find kindred spirits, working with ELPNA!
I am blessed with a loving and extremely supportive spouse of 50 years, 3 adult children and 3 teenage grandsons.