Parish nursing is a health and healing ministry of faith communities that emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Rooted in the vision of Christ as Healer, this ministry grows out of the belief that all faith communities are places of health and healing and have a role in promoting wholeness through the integration of faith and health.
A parish nurse is an RN with specialized knowledge who is called to ministry and affirmed by a faith community to promote health, healing and wholeness. Parish nurses demonstrate competence in a defined set of attitudes, knowledge and skills that are incorporated in the Standards of Practice and Core Competencies of the Canadian Association For Parish Nursing Ministry (CAPNM). Parish nursing (PNIG) is a special interest group of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and acts as a voice and forum for this specialized area of the nursing profession. Parish nurses are licensed practitioners through the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
Parish Nurse Network
The Parish Nurse Network of the Diocese of Toronto enables all parish nurses working in Anglican churches in the Diocese to link and meet for fellowship, education, sharing, advocacy and ministry development. Parish nurse activities are posted on this site as they occur.
The Parish Nurse Network also provides information and education for clergy, chaplains, deacons and those in lay ministries who are seeking to establish or learn about the Parish Nursing Ministry.
The Parish Nursing Standards of Practice and Core Competencies can be obtained by clicking on the link below to CAPNM. More information about parish nursing can be obtained from these websites:
- RNAO Parish Nursing Interest Group
- Interchurch Health Ministries
- The Canadian Association For Parish Nursing Ministry
- International Parish Nurse Resource Centre
For those parishes who are considering beginning a parish nurse ministry, the document listed below may be a helpful resource identifying important aspects of this ministry and suggesting contact/resource people who will assist parishes in discerning their way forward as regards this important ministry.
For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Douglas Graydon, Coordinator of Chaplaincy Services, 416-363-6021 ext 236 (1-800-668-8932).