Parish Nurse Ministry

Parish Nurse Ministry

Parish Nurse News

Three Big Things!

  • An email was sent from the School Parents Group asking us if there would be interest in a Blood Drive in honor of our precious Sulli Maney! Many responded saying yes, “We would love to help! This is something we can do to show our love and support for the Maney family!” And so a date has been set, October 23rd, taking place in our multipurpose room in the school. Watch the bulletin, your emails or the David’s Star website and make an appointment when able to do so! What a nice opportunity! Mark your calendars and consider donating. Thanks to the Parents Group for facilitating this effort.  “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
  • The “flu” season approaches! The “flu” is a common respiratory infection caused by several related viruses, easily passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or through contact with fluids from an infected persons mouth or nose. Symptoms include a high fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and body aches. Adults over 65 with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer, young children and those with a weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of complications. Receiving the flu vaccination each and every year is the best way and first step to help protect yourself from the flu and spreading it to friends and family. I’ve already gotten my flu shot, because I visit our shut-ins and nursing home residents and we have young grandchildren! I don’t want to inadvertently spread the “flu” to those at higher risk! Good handwashing is another way to prevent the spread of the “flu”! Have you had your flu vaccination yet? Talk to your doctor!
  • I recently attended a class given by a Child Life Specialist from Froedtert who uses developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions to help children touched by an adult’s illness (parent, grandparent or other significant adult in a child’s life). A child life specialist also helps families by providing age-appropriate language to explain an adult’s medical condition or diagnosis, helping prepare a child for a bedside visit in the ICU or helping children to cope with long hospital stays. They sent me home with brochures, lists of resources for the family and even some samples to give out. A sample: "When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens” from the National Cancer Institute. Also, a “Kids Activity Book: Because Someone I Love Has Cancer” from the American Cancer Society. I was so glad I went! I’m more than willing to pass along the samples they gave!
Together as we serve the Lord and his people,
Sue Bolha RN, Parish Nurse 
parishnurse@davidsstar.org   677-3485


 


5|150 Wellness Circle Program

The 5|150 Wellness Circle is a Scripture-based program centered on improving the overall health and wellness of individuals desiring to live a healthier life.  In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul reminds us that whether we eat or drink, we should do it for the glory of God.  

The Wellness Circle is designed to help people adjust their priorities to include better nutrition and exercise habits, one fruit/vegetable serving and 10 minutes of exercise at a time.  After 2-3 months, our goal is that each participant is achieving 5|150 or 5 servings of fruits & vegetables per day and 150 minutes of exercise per week.  The program consists of 10 sessions to help you meet the 5|150 goal as a circle.  

The David’s Star Wellness Circle will begin meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room September 14th from 8:30-9:30am.  For more information, please contact:  

RSVP to Pam Lee RN   262.377.9419 or brianandpam1@att.net

What happens at support group meetings?
  1. Each session will explore a topic related to fruit & vegetable intake and exercise;
  2. Participants are asked to set weekly goals (and track progress) based on the topics to help them improve their fruit & vegetable intake and exercise habits;
  3. Barriers and successes are discussed within the group with the purpose of supporting each other and identifying areas to improve.


Know Any Nurses?  Maybe You can help!  

Christian Nurses are richly blessed-blessed to know Jesus as savior and blessed with valuable medical knowledge and skill-sets.  So it's only natural for them to want to network in order to grow their knowledge and skills, to fellowship with like-minded Christian nurses and to team up to help others in need.

That's what brought together a group of WELS nurses in the greater Milwaukee area last spring.  Since then they've been working toward establishing a national association of WELS nurses to facilitate all of the above.  To learn more, please check out their new website: www.welsnurses.net