National Nurses Week
Each year from May 6 to May 12, communities across the country recognize the invaluable work of nurses during National Nurses Week. 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, the men and women in nursing follow the example of those who founded Catholic health care.
To honor our ministries' nurses, and to celebrate their gifts and talents, CHA is pleased to be able to share some resources that might be of use in your week's activities. Please feel free to repost them on your intranet and internets, post in staff areas and generally share across your organization. They include:
Faith Community 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. Faith Community Nursing Resources
Faith Community Nurse Networking Calls
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is pleased to host networking calls among parish/congregational nurses working with Catholic parishes, Catholic hospitals or other Catholic health care organizations. These calls will be an opportunity for nurses practicing in health ministry in a Catholic setting to meet each other over the phone, to share inspiration, challenges and successes.
Handouts from the May 23 call:
Centura Health - Lawrence Seidl, Group Vice President, Mission Integration, South State Operating Group, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Upcoming faith community nursing call:
- Nov. 7, 2017, 3-4 p.m. ET
Participant phone number is (844) 263-6303.
If you have a topic you would like discussed on one of the calls or would like to speak briefly about your program, please contact Julie Trocchio, BSN, MS, (202) 721-6320.
Deans of Catholic Colleges of Nursing Networking Calls
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is pleased to host networking calls among deans of Catholic colleges of nursing. These calls will be an opportunity to meet each other over the phone, to share inspiration, challenges and successes.
Upcoming Deans of Catholic Colleges of Nursing Networking Calls:
To access the networking calls, please dial (866) 642-1665 and enter access code 700411.
If you have a topic you would like discussed on one of the calls or would like to speak briefly about your program, please contact Julie Trocchio, BSN, MS, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 721-6320.
Nursing Networking Calls
The Catholic Health Association has offered conference calls where nurse leaders from Catholic health systems connect and exchange information and gain a broader understanding of what is happening across Catholic health care. While there are no upcoming calls scheduled, if you would like information, please contact Julie Trocchio, CHA's senior director of community benefit and continuing care.