MEET THE ST. PAUL PARISH NURSE
JUNE BENEDICK – June is an RN and has worked in a hospital setting for the past 36 years. She has some experience working with hospice and has volunteered as camp nurse at a church camp for all ages. June grew up on a farm between Freeburg and Mascoutah, graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, and was brought up in the UCC. She sees her role as the Parish Nurse as a partnership with members and friends of the congregation, as both strive to achieve higher levels of wellness by improving both spiritual and physical health.
June is available to discuss health concerns with an emphasis on early response to small problems and encouraging healthy lifestyles. She serves as a health advocate for members of the congregation and can work together with individuals in developing a list of important questions to ask their doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider. She can also assist in finding providers available within the community and surrounding area. Educational opportunities will be available scheduled in either a group setting or on an individual basis. June also is available to take blood pressures after worship services twice a month.
HISTORY OF THE HEALTH MINISTRY AT ST. PAUL
At the St. Paul April congregational meeting in 2010, the faith family voted to begin a health ministry with the goal to hire a Parish Nurse to serve St. Paul. A Health Cabinet was formed in June of that year and they began the task of exploring a mission and vision statement for this health ministry.
The Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry Network (DPNMN) centered in St. Louis, Missouri, assisted the Health Cabinet on this journey. In worship on January 30, 2011 we were blessed to have Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo, RN, give us an overview of the Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry of which she is Executive Director. As she explained, each Parish Nurse is unique, as they minister to the needs of their congregation and their community.
WHAT IS A PARISH NURSE?
In general, these are the roles of the Parish Nurse . . .
- INTEGRATOR OF FAITH AND HEALTH – Assists parishioners to achieve higher levels of wellness by improving both spiritual and physical health.
- HEALTH EDUCATOR – Provides venues for the congregation to learn about health issues, individually and in groups.
- HEALTH COUNSELOR – Discusses health concerns, emphasizing early response to small problems and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes.
- REFERRAL ADVISOR – Provides referral to healthcare and social services within the community.
- HEALTH ADVOCATE – Helps members of the congregation or community obtain needed health-related services.
- DEVELOPER OF SUPPORT GROUPS – Facilitates the development of support groups for the faith community and others served.
- VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR – Recruits, trains and oversees volunteers who help those in need.
The Parish Nurse’s office is located in the Library. June generally keeps the following hours, but can also will also meet parishioners by appointment by calling 618.803.8311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.:
Mondays 9 – 11 am
Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
Thursdays 9 – 11 am
CALL 911 IF YOU ARE HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY; NOT THE PARISH NURSE
Note: All private conversations with the Parish Nurse will be held in strict confidentiality.