Health Care Delivery in Faith Communities: The Parish Nurse Model

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  • Darlene Weis Ph.D., R.N.,

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    1. Darlene Weis is an Associate Professor is a Professor with Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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  • Rosemarie Matheus M.S.N., R.N.,

    1. Rosemarie Matheus is a Clinical Instructor is a Professor with Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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  • Mary Jane Schank Ph.D., R.N.

    1. Mary Jane Schank is a Professor with Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Address correspondence to Darlene Weis, Ph.D., R.N., Marquette University College of Nursing, Clark Hall, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.

Abstract

Abstract Religious institutions and nurses have a common bond—both are committed to empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and believe in the self-care capacity of individuals. The purpose of this study was to examine parish nursing as an evolving model of care within faith communities. Annualization of monthly reports and parish nurse interviews revealed that parish nurse activities contributed to the empowerment process and to the attainment of Healthy People 2000 objectives.

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