The Parish Nurse program serves the congregation’s health ministry needs. The parish nurses are available to meet with the congregation in the breezeway on the first Sunday of every month from 9:30-11:15 a.m.
H1N1 FLU AT PCPC
On Thursday, August 27, the PCPC Preschool learned that a child who had been in attendance on Tuesday of this week has been diagnosed with the H1N1 flu, (popularly known as swine flu). We had been told to expect an occurrence like this during this year as all expectations are the flu will be widespread, and so we began taking proper precautions this summer.
The PCPC staff and preschool staff are following the specific cleaning procedures each day recommended for this situation. We have implemented an emphasized hand washing protocol, are in communication with the appropriate health department officials, and also are sharing this appropriate information. We are following the protocols produced by the Center for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health as to when and or if closing the school or church functions becomes appropriate, but that is not advised at this point.
The Session has earlier appointed an H1N1 flu Task Force to advise our officers and staff. The Task Force had already begun meeting this Spring, and are coaching us in appropriate responses. The members of the Task Force are: Dr. Donald Pitisci, Dr. Jodi Shields, Dr. Martha Price, Gayle Hudson (R.N.) and Martha Spicklemire (R.N.) with Nicole Partin and B.J. Johns (staff).
If you are sick with flu-like symptoms please do not come to church or church functions, but stay at home until 24-hours of being fever free seeking medical attention if needed. Although you may think you ‘only” have a cold please take extra precautions by limiting your contact with others and using proper hygiene. Please call the PCPC pastoral care team at 253-6047, and let us know if you are ill so we can add you to our prayer list and provide pastoral care.
You can get more information about the H1N1 virus by visiting the CDC’s website
Thank you, and May God strengthen the health of all those who suffer with illness,
The PCPC Staff
HISTORY OF PARISH NURSE
Parish Nursing began in 1979 when Rev. Granger Westburg, PhD, created Wholistic Health Centers in Christian congregations. Parish Nurse Services is a Community-based health ministry offered to individuals of all ages who are associated with participating faith congregations. Several congregations in Tampa and surrounding areas currently have Parish Nurses (also known as Faith Community Nurses) in their midst. They are licensed registered nurses whose main goal is to assist others to assume responsibility for their personal and family healthy care needs.
To achieve this goal the Parish Nurse acts in the capacity of a health advocate, health educator, health counselor, and referral advisor. On a more personal note, the Parish Nurse assists the congregation in assessing and navigating the healthy system. She also coordinates health screenings for her congregation. When indicated by a pastor or congregant, she can conduct hospital or home visits to assist individuals with their personal healthy care concerns. She coordinates educational programs and activities for groups on current health topics.
PARISH NURSING AT PCPC
Two R.N.’s in our congregation, Gayle Hudson and Martha Spicklemire, are volunteering in this capacity and are helping us explore the shape of Parish Nursing in our congregation. Please keep them in your prayers as we explore this ministry at PCPC.