Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program

Education & Resources

“Who Is My Neighbor: The Mission Field for Faith and Health”
Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Annual Symposium

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, invites health care professionals, clergy, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and others interested in whole-person health to attend the 24th Annual Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Symposium, “Who Is My Neighbor: The Mission Field for Faith and Health,” which will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, Level 2 at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219 (Uptown).

Held annually since 1992, the symposium provides continuing education, resources, and networking opportunities to individuals who have or are interested in starting health ministries in their faith communities, as well as the general public.

Providing wholistic care of body, mind, and spirit is a specific aim when doing health ministry. Typically the focus is on actively caring for members within a faith community. This symposium moves that aim beyond defined ecumenical boundaries, and intersects faith and health concerns across diverse social avenues, including those marginalized in our society because of issues with homelessness, hunger, poverty, and other experiences of trauma. Theological and ethical concerns are relevant issues that need addressed, as well as skills and tools to help professionals with best practices in trauma-informed care.

One such toolkit is the Mental Health First Aid USA resource. Peer-reviewed studies from Australia and across the globe show that the program saves lives, improves the mental health of the individual administering care and the one receiving it, expands knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, increases the services provided, and reduces overall social distance toward individuals with mental illnesses by improving mental health literacy, according to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. At the symposium, participants will be challenged through interactive discussion of case studies and stories that will broaden perspectives and help one find renewal to continue serving others when faced with burnout or compassion fatigue.

Symposium speakers include:

  • The Rev. George S. Steffey, author, pastor, and retired chaplain and director of Behavioral Health Services at East Liberty Family Health Care Center.
  • Alexis K. Weber, MSN, RN, faith community and psychiatric nurse, educator, retired director of Mercy School of Nursing, Catholic Charities USA 2015 Volunteer of the Year, manager of a local food pantry, and clinic nurse for the homeless.
  • Mark Rogalsky, MSW, TTS, psychotherapist, prevention specialist, and unit manager of Prevention Services at Pittsburgh Mercy.

The target audience for this symposium includes faith community nurses; clergy; seminarians; lay health ministers, pastoral and social ministers; social workers; licensed professional counselors; physicians; health care professionals; students and others who are interested in promoting whole-person health. This interactive symposium lets participants broaden their perspective regarding trauma-informed care, as well as gain personal enrichment in one’s own spiritual being.

Upon completion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the spiritual dynamics of what constitutes a marginalized individual and faith community identity.
  • Identify ways one can contribute to improving the wholistic health of those viewed as marginalized within and beyond faith communities.
  • Comprehend the purpose and use of the Mental Health First Aid toolkit when working with diverse communities.

Continuing education (3.5 CEU) will be offered to registered nurses, social workers, and licensed professional counselors who attend.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. National Association of Social Workers-PA Chapter (NASW-PA) is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 3.5 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Participants who attend the entire session and complete an evaluation form will be awarded a certificate and 3.5 contact hours for the symposium attended. UPMC, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and NASW-PA do not endorse any commercial products as a result of the CE activity.

The cost is $40 for registered nurses, social workers, and licensed professional counselors who wish to receive 3.5 continuing education credits; $30 for those who do not wish to receive continuing education credits; and $20 for undergraduate students and seminarians. The cost includes lunch and free parking in the UPMC Mercy’s Locust Street Parking Garage, (entrance located at Locust and Stevenson streets).

Registration is accepted by U.S. Mail only. Seating capacity is limited. Early registration is encouraged. The deadline to register is Friday, October 14, 2016.

For more information, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at 412-232-5815 or email ParishNurse@pittsburghmercy.org.

"Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum"
Faith Community Nurse and Health Minister Preparation Course

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, is an approved provider of the Westberg Institute's “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing" curriculum, a preparation course for faith community nurses and health ministers. This 38-hour, five-day course is designed for registered nurses, other health care professionals, and laypersons who are interested in promoting health, wellness, and spirituality; coordinating volunteers; or starting a visitation ministry in their faith communities.

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program will offer the course in two parts over five days: September 23 and 24; and October 6, 7, and 8, 2016. Times vary; participants must attend all dates to receive contact hours. All sessions take place at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown).

Designed for individuals who are interested in faith community nursing and health ministry, the course covers the seven main roles of the faith community nurse (FCN):

  • Health educator
  • Health counselor
  • Health advocate
  • Developer of support groups
  • Integrator of faith and health
  • Coordinator of volunteers
  • Resource and referral agent

Additional course modules include prayer; self care; healing and wholeness; ethics; documenting practices; legal aspects; communication and collaboration; family violence; suffering, grief, and loss; advocacy; care coordination; and more. Course modules are taught by qualified faith community nurse educators and subject matter experts in the respective fields of practice.

Upon successful completion of the five-day course, nurses are commissioned as faith community nurses and receive a pin and 38 contact hours. Note: In order to receive contact hours, participants must attend all five dates during the session for which they register. Laypersons receive a pin and are commissioned as health ministers.

The course is limited to the first 20 participants who register.

The cost is $395 per person and includes course materials, 38 contact hours for nurses. Limited scholarship funds are available. Registration and payment are due two weeks prior to the start of each session. Apply early. Be sure to inquire about our early registration discount.

Mail the completed course application and a check made payable to the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program to:

Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program
Mercy Health Center
1515 Locust Street, Suite 705
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-5154

For more information, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at ParishNurse@pmhs.org or call 412.232.5815.

Health Ministry Training

Health Ministry Training offered at your church. This training is for both laypersons and health professionals who want to serve their churches as health ministers.

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program staff will conduct the training at your church. Average cost is $150 for two workshops (six hours) and handouts for 10 participants. Contact us to design a workshop that will meet the needs of your congregation. Workshop topics include:

  • Building a Health Ministry Team
  • Promoting Health and Wellness in Your Church
  • Coordinating Volunteers
  • Visitation Ministry
Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program
Electronic Documentation System

We invite you to try the demonstration (demo) version of our newly upgraded, user-friendly charting system, designed especially for those interested in documenting parish nurse and health ministry activities.

This demo is fully functional, except that the user cannot add or change clients. Users can, however, add new contacts and/or interventions to the existing clients.

  • The database provides users with a comprehensive array of options for data collection.
  • Select only the options you wish to use or that pertain to your ministry; disregard the rest.
  • The opening screen illustrates the scope of data that can be collected on clients and community outreach activities.
  • Get started by clicking on the box 'Individual Clients.'
  • Open the various pages of the chart: Demographics, Contacts, Interventions, Medications, Medical Conditions, and Allergies.
  • Note: Clicking on any box with blue text will open up another form.
  • Reports can be generated with ease to show the impact of your ministry. Simply click on the Reports button on the opening screen and then click on the report you want.
  • Data for Blood Pressure Screenings and Small Group Activities can be efficiently entered via the buttons on the opening screen. To view sample data that has been entered for a blood pressure screening, type in the Date: 101012 (October 10, 2012), Site: SC (Senior Center), and Hours: 1.

Note how the parish nurse can document using a wholistic approach:

  • Client problems can be documented under the following categories: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Social, Financial, and Relational.
  • Details of client problems are expressed in lay terms so clergy and church council members can readily understand.
  • Rate client problems and client progress on a 1-5 scale, from Emergency to Problem Resolved.
  • Client outcomes can easily be identified.
  • Parish nurse interventions can be documented under the following categories: Assess, Advocate, Counsel, Educate, Refer, and Support.
  • Spiritual care and client problem examples are built into the database. Simply select one or add your own.

To view the demo, your computer must have MS Access 2000 or later. To try the demo, click Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Electronic Documentation System and "Save" the file to your computer.

To purchase the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Electronic Documentation System, click here. Purchase includes a detailed user's manual, online training, and ongoing customer support. The cost is $400 each for health systems, $200 each for churches and/or faith community nurses. (Note: this is a one-time cost.) Ask about pricing for organizations with parish nurses at multiple sites.

For more information about the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Electronic Documentation System, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at 412.232.5815 or email ParishNurse@pmhs.org.

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