June 08, 2011
CTMC Nurses Graduate From Parish Nursing Program
SAN MARCOS, TX – When a person faces a serious illness or health concern, the days ahead can seem despairing and difficult. Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) now has seven registered nurses (RN) who are now certified Parish Nurses, also known as Faith Community Nurses. These nurses completed training through a partnership program with Texas State University to help patients build a bridge of support through their doctor, family and faith community.
A certified Parish Nurse can provide spiritual care, help a patient understand what is happening during treatment and help a patient locate needed healthcare resources. Parish nursing is a new, fast growing profession with more than 10,000 nurses nationwide.
”This specialty training gives nurses that added dimension for true and holistic care,” said Sharon Hinton, Parish Nurse Course Coordinator. “With the focus on intentional care of the spirit, you have a whole new scope of care.”
The seven CTMC RN’s who are now parish nurses are Lana Cameron, Sandra Cherer, Pam Foster, Bill Lucas, Annette Myers, Katie Pace and Carol Trafford. The nurses were recognized during a recent Dedication and Blessing of Hands ceremony.
For more information about the Parish Nurse program at Texas State University, please visit http://ltc-institute.health.txstate.edu/.