Parish Nurse Ministry

Prairie Faith Shared Ministry has developed a new ministry to meet the needs of our congregations and community—The Parish Nurse Ministry. The goals of an PNM is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities; the prevention of illness and injury; and the alleviation of suffering in the context of the values, beliefs and practices of the faith community. The PNM uses the nursing process to address the spiritual, physical, mental, and social health of the parishioner/healthcare consumer.

The parish nurse ministry serves the community, regardless of any church affiliation.  Feel free to call or email to: schedule a confidential appointment to discuss your health/wellness questions, schedule transportation to a medical/dental/counseling appointment if you need a ride, request a prayer shawl for someone in the community going through a difficult time, locate community health resources, request other parish nurse work, or discuss your ideas for the health ministry.


The Parish Nurse Ministry is there to provide for the health needs in cooperation with other health professionals. It is important for all to understand that a PNM does not replace any existing service or support group or agency. We are not their competition. Our role is referral and filling in the gaps. Such as:

Your parish nurse is available to walk alongside you to:

  • Understand your diagnosis and your doctor's plan for your health care.
  • Understand how your medications work and possible side effects.
  • Prepare for your doctor's appointment--or come to the appointment with you as an extra set of ears and to take notes for you.
  • Provide support and provide education about healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Locate community resources when you need some extra help.
  • Check your blood pressure and provide basic nursing assessment if you have concerns.
  • Assist in conversations around end-of-life care and other health care decisions.
  • Provide intentional care of the spirit while supporting whole-person health and wellness.


 A parish nurse does NOT:

  • Replace home health or public health nursing care.
  • Replace existing community resources.
  • Replace pastoral care.
  • Provide invasive nursing actions or procedures.
  • Give medical advice or administer medications.


Call the church at 785-743-2005 and leave a message to schedule a confidential appointment time or e-mail




Prayer Shawl Ministry


"Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing,


symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.


They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace,


mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to 


fly above their troubles..."


  Written in 1998 by: Janet Severi Bristow Copyright ©2016


 Do you like to crochet, knit, or sew? Would you like to share your gift? The Parish Nurse Ministry is starting a Prayer Shawl Program. Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, Mantles, lap robes, or blankets, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!


Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others...there are endless possibilities!


If you would like  like information or to participate, please call the office at 785-743-2005.



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