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NEW for Fall 2014 - Study On-line                

The Parish Nurse as Counsellor and Spiritual Companion

Are you a registered nurse or parish nurse looking for some insightful and interactive on-line professional development opportunities?  The Institute has partnered with Dayton University to develop two on-line Parish Nursing Education Programs.  These were offered last year to our Parish Nursing Certificate students with great success.  We are happy to provide them now to others for their own learning and professional development. 

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Click here to apply for on-line course (Registration opens:  September 10 and closes October 22, 2014)

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Foundations in Parish Nursing:
A National, Ecumenical Certificate Program for Registered Nurses

An educational, spiritual, and personal growth experience for Registered Nurses. This program is designed to introduce fundamental concepts of the practice of parish nursing, which has its basis in the Christian faith, and seeks health promotion with a preventative focus. The course is for any Registered Nurse interested in integrating spirituality, health, and wholeness into their nursing practice. This program meets the criteria of the Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry (CAPNM) Standards of Practice and Core Competencies. 

DATES:  July 2016, exact dates TBA at Holy Family Retreat House in Oxley, Ontario

Course Objectives:

-To introduce participants to the foundations, tools and practical knowledge necessary to begin a parish nursing ministry

-To gain biblical, theological, historical and ethical perspectives on health-care issues

-To identify the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of personhood

-To acquire a basic understanding of leadership skills in pastoral and spiritual care, integrating nursing skills with them as a form of ministry

-To recognize the parish nurse’s role in assisting clients to achieve wellness while modeling self-care

-To develop a support system and relationships with other spiritually centered nurses to sustain parish nursing practices and for individual spiritual growth  

Article by Fr. Mark Miller - click here

For more information, please contact:

Michelle O'Rourke, RN MA, Program Coordinator: 519-350-4684,
Catherine Leach, Administrative Assistant, 519-432-1824 ext.281,
call toll free: 1-888-548-9649 ext. 281