Mercy Parish Nurse program hosting nurse preparation course


January 24, 2012

 The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program. part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, will host a four-day Parish Nurse Preparation Course on February 17-18 and March 16-17.

The course will be held in Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Uptown, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Registered nurses, other health care professionals, and lay persons who are interested in promoting health, wellness, and spirituality, coordinating volunteers, or starting a parish visitation ministry are encouraged to attend.

The course follows the International Parish Nurse Resource Center's approved curriculum and covers the five main roles of the parish nurse: educator, counselor, advocate, developer of support groups, and integrator of faith and health. Additional course modules will 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.

All modules are taught by parish nurse educators and other health care professionals who are considered subject matter experts in their respective fields of practice.

Upon successful completion of the course, nurses will receive 30 hours of continuing education credits and will be commissioned as parish nurses. Other health care professionals and lay persons will be commissioned as health ministers.

The four-day course costs $395 per person and includes course materials and free parking in the hospital parking garage. Limited scholarship funds are available.

The deadline to register for the course is February 10.

For more information or to request an application, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at 412-232-5815, e-mail, or visit  

Course applications may also be downloaded at


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