Nursing Overview

Nursing

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.

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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:


Nursing Resources

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2020 Marks the First International Year of the Nurse & the Midwife

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign (2018-2020) to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, the Nursing Now campaign is focused on five core areas:

  • Ensuring that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making
  • Encouraging greater investment in the nursing workforce
  • Recruiting more nurses into leadership positions
  • Conducting research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact
  • Sharing of best nursing practices

2020, the final campaign year, has been designated as the first Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization.

Find out more about the campaign

Resources specifically for 2020 as the Year of the Nurse


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.


Nursing Care and Laudato Si': Climate Change and the Nursing Response Webinar - Free for CHA Members and Non-Members


Improving the Lives of Older Adults Through Faith Communities

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