Thursday, February 11, 2010

Faith community nurses promote health within churches

Posted Friday, Jan. 29, 2010
ARLINGTON — James Rather has been saved twice in his life.
First, at age 16 when he found the Lord.
And again, this month, when he had a stroke in a church parking lot and the congregation’s nurses rushed to his aide.
"I truly believe that if it hadn’t happened here, I might not be here today," Rather said recently inside Rush Creek Christian Church in Arlington. "It was God’s grace that I was here. They saved my life."
"They" are Carol King and Sharon Canclini, experienced registered nurses who for years have volunteered to look after the health of the 500 members of their church.
They are among at least 80 "faith community nurses" in Dallas-Fort Worth, licensed nurses who use their medical skills at church on Sundays. Faith community nursing is a growing movement, a national effort to promote wellness of the mind, body and spirit.
"Faith community nursing is so important because it is the intentional integration of faith and health," said Paulette Golden, manager of the faith community nursing program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. "It is all about prevention and giving people the tools to make healthy behavioral changes."
Canclini and King routinely monitor church members’ blood pressure, set up immunization clinics and offer training on preventing illnesses such as swine flu.
Occasionally they also deal with life-or-death issues. Read more here……

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