This concise explanation of parish nursing describes the purpose, roles, and place within the life and ministry of a faith community in a clear and helpful way. The author gives both a historical context and more current trends of health care for the whole person and their relationships to parish or faith community nurses. Examples of how parish nurses express their roles and work with other religious leaders or lay workers add to the clarity of the description. This article would be especially helpful to individuals and/or congregations who want to know more about the role and value of a parish nurse and health ministry. Peggy Matteson works as a Faith Community Nurse in Rhode Island.
Reviewed by Marsha McDaniel