The Parish Nursing Ministry of Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler is an interdenominational program, which extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Currently operating in Texarkana and Atlanta, TX, Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler is in partnership with CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System and local churches to encourage and support ministries of health and healing. Plans for expansion to CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and the Tyler area are on the horizon.
With the support of the pastor and congregation, trained Registered Nurses use a holistic approach for care by addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of individuals and congregations in the safe, familiar and comfortable environment of a person's faith community.
Our Parish Nurses appreciate that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity as they advocate with compassion and mercy.
The Ministry is accomplished through the provision of professional, onsite medical and health evaluations, health care educational program, navigational assistance, and individual case management.
Primary roles of the Parish Nurse also include:
Integrator of health and faith
Health educator, counselor and advocate
Referral source and advocate
What is a Parish Nurse? Where do they practice?
Parish Nursing is a specialized medical practice allowing the integration of faith with the practice of nursing. Catholic Charities hires and trains Registered Nurses for this specialized practice. Parish Nurses are then able to see patients at their church campus for up to 8 hours a week. There is no cost to the patient.
Where are Parish Nurses located? Can they be hired for my parish?
Currently, parish nurses are practicing in the Texarkana area. Catholic Charities will soon be expanding the scope to include other areas of the Diocese. If your parish is interested in this program, please contact Catholic Charities.
Who can apply to become a Parish Nurse?
Applications are being accepted throughout the Diocese from any Registered Nurse interested in parish nursing. Parish Nursing is not limited to Catholic Churches and all faiths are welcome. Nurses should submit their resumes and completed application (available below) to the Nurse Coordinator via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any new programs on the horizon related to Health Care?
Yes. Catholic Charities hopes to partner with health care facilities to bring an Infant Safe Sleep program to the Diocese in the near future.
Why is there a need for Infant Safe Sleep?
There is a high rate of infant deaths in our region with much of it due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Infants with no bed of their own may be more susceptible to SIDS. Catholic Charities hopes to furnish a free “Baby Bed Box” to new mothers without a crib or bassinet. This safety approved Baby Box comes with its own tiny mattress and will safely sleep a newborn from birth to 4 months.