Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Ann Doordan

Second Advisor

Jayne Cohen

Third Advisor

Maggie Wollen-Olson,


Do you know people in the community who do not understand their health needs? Are you aware of people who do not have access to health services? Parish nursing draws on the strengths of people in a congregation to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health for the congregation and its local community. Hospital nurses may want to use parish nurses as a valuable resource for discharge planning. Community nurses may also need the support of parish nurses for clients. Additionally, for experienced nurses who belong to a faith community, serving as a parish nurse satisfies a need for something new. The authors surveyed some members of an urban church about their need for both parish nurse and family nurse practitioner services; this article presents the results.