Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) Spring 2008 Volume 12, Number 1
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By Carla J. Warnock, RN, MPA
The assignment for my MSN, NU 505: Parish Nursing course asked me to reflect on the nurse-client relationship in the Light of the transformative power of illness and suffering and my role as the parish nurse, privileged to stand on "holy ground," acting as God's hands and heart in the world. Using a poem, I described the focus e-mail in my nursing care when my primary instrument is myself. A Health Ministry or "Parish" nurse generally serves a population associated with or connected through a faith community. He or she, while integrating faith and health, strives to provide whole-person or holistic care in coordination with the faith community's pastoral and lay ministry staff and community resources.
A Health Ministry or "Parish" Nurse is a
Carla J. Warnock, RN, MPA
Always wanting to be a nurse, Carla received her RN diploma from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Sayre, PA. in 1974. Furthering her education while raising her family and working, she earned a B.S. in Professional Arts with a concentration in Health Care Administration and a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in human resources management. In March 2007, she earned a graduate certificate in Parish Nursing. She expects to complete her RN to MSN degree in May 2009.
After almost thirty-five years in clinical and administrative nursing, Carla and her husband (Ted) felt called to full-time mission service with the United Methodist Church. Commissioned in December 1998, she served along with her husband in Haiti from January 1999 through January 2001. They worked with the Methodist Church of Haiti to coordinate Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams that came to Haiti to serve. After returning from Haiti, Carla accepted the mission appointment to the Missionary Health Ministry Wellness Program housed in Atlanta, GA in partnership with Emory Healthcare. She continues in this mission serving as the program nurse/coordinator caring for her "parish" the missionaries like her that serve around the world. Carla and her husband of over 35 years, have two adult daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandsons. Carla is a member of the Decatur First United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA.
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