Parish nursing can be an opportunity for nurses to use their skills and training in a wellness-based and noninvasive practice among God’s people. Special Ministries provides resources and guidelines for WELS nurses to carry out compassion ministry for church members and even as part of a community outreach.
A parish nurse is a currently licensed Registered Nurse (RN) who promotes both physical and spiritual wellness in the congregation, according to the congregation’s mission statement and under the direction of the pastor. Parish nurses can help their church share God’s love among those with special needs related to health.
WELS parish nurses also find spiritual and professional support through their membership in the WELS Nurses Association which is open to all WELS or ELS nurses.