Nursing Overview

Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO, Catholic Health Association, and Sister Mary Roch Rocklage, Past President/CEO, Sisters of Mercy Health System, discuss religious sisters in health care in the opening ceremony video at the AONE 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. See it on YouTube. (4:05 – March 31, 2014)

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has recognized CHA as their "Nurse Champion of the Week" for the association's support of nurses as leaders in health care. Read about it at:


The tradition of nursing in Catholic health care is one of providing holistic, compassionate care to all those in need. From nurse executives to nursing assistants, in hospitals, long-term care organizations, hospices and community-based programs, we follow the example of those who founded Catholic health care.

The Catholic Health Association provides this site as a place to collect articles, stories and reflections about nursing in Catholic health care. You can contribute by submitting any resources you think would help others in our ministry to Julie Trocchio.

Parish Nursing

While the concept of parish nursing may be relatively new to many, the role of the parish nurse is deeply rooted in the Catholic Church's healing tradition. Not only does the parish nurse often provide underrepresented individuals with a valuable link to health care, but acting of his or her own faith, the parish nurse also becomes a healing hand of the Church. The parish nurse always includes a focus on the spiritual dimension of health, often utilizing prayer, support groups, and Sacraments to promote healing. The parish nurse is an advocate, an intercessor and a representative of God's healing love.

Parish Nursing Resources

Nursing Networking Conference Calls

The Catholic Health Association offers twice-annual conference calls for nurse leaders to help them connect and exchange information and gain a broader understanding of what is happening across Catholic health care.

Upcoming calls:

  • Sept. 23, 2014 from 2-3 p.m.ET
  • Feb. 12, 2015 from 2-3 p.m. ET

If you are not currently receiving emails about this networking offering and would like to participate, please contact CHA.