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Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care [Paperback]

By Verna Benner Carson (Author) & Harold George Koenig (Joint Author)
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These engaging stories from parish nurses provide an accessible and enjoyable account of parish nursing-an emerging ministry of healing that provides a new approach to both healthcare as well as pastoral care. This ministry includes volunteer or paid nurses who attend to the needs of a congregation in a variety of ways-from home, hospice, or hospital visits to community outreach. Written for a popular as well as professional audience, the book weaves together stories of nurses as they journey into a territory largely uncharted. They tell stories of hearing God's call, of their responses to this call, of their faith that they are doing the "right thing," of their joys, sorrows, and challenges, and of quiet dedication as they offer their time and talents to meet the needs of others. Their stories are encouraging to other nurses by offering practical advice and resources necessary to develop the skills. They also challenge church members and leaders to examine the role that their congregations are assuming in health ministry-especially in meeting the long-term care needs of an aging population. Their stories inform medical professionals of the benefits of parish nursing that reach far beyond the congregation to offer hope to the healthcare system at large. Parish Nursing presents a vision where nurses can serve as the vital link between secular healthcare and sacred faith-based systems. Nurses are able to provide direct ministry to members of the congregation and also can be the communicators, teachers, motivators, and encouragers of others. The parish nurse could be a key person to link the two systems and provide truly wholistic care. Reading the stories of parish nurses gives us hope that this vision might be possible-indeed must be possible-if our aging society is to flourish in the years ahead.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Templeton Foundation Press
Pages   231
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2002
Publisher   Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN  1890151947  
ISBN13  9781890151942  

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Verna Benner Carson, PhD, is the president of C&V Senior Care Specialists, Inc, a consulting firm that provides clinical training combined with operational and marketing support for two programs she developed: Becoming an Alzheimer s Whisperer and Road to Wholeness Behavioral Health. She is also a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing, an associate professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches undergraduates the importance of loving the patients that God puts in our care, and the author of eight other books, including Spiritual Caregiving.

Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.


Verna Benner Carson currently resides in Fallston, in the state of Maryland. Verna Benner Carson has an academic affiliation as follows - National Director of Restore Behavioral Home Health Care, Tender Lovin.

Verna Benner Carson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Templeton Science & Religion

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