Parish Nursing

CHRIST THE KING "PARISH NURSE MINISTRY"

PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE

PARISH COMMUNITY ~ WELCOME

 

Mission Statement


The Mission of Parish Nurse Ministry within The Parish of Christ the King is “to promote Jesus as our Healer and Great Physician by ministering to the sick, advocating for the oppressed and promoting health and wholeness within our Parish Community.”



WHAT IS PARISH NURSING?


Parish Nursing and Health Ministry is a Parish-based ministry, which cares for the whole person --- body, mind and spirit. This ministry arises from the needs of the Parish Community and is realized through the talents of registered nurses and other health professionals or lay leaders who combine health science with pastoral care.

While each Parish Community’s program is unique, all programs provide for wellness, health and healing as well as access to community health resources.

“Many people who have gone into nursing were motivated by a desire to service people in a whole-person manner... freedom to minister holistically to people is the gift that Parish Nursing offers.”
Granger Westberg
Father of Parish Nursing

Meet our Parish Nurse, Betty Mazzucchelli, RN., FCN.

Betty was born and raised in County Waterford, Ireland. She Graduated from Sefton General Hospital, Liverpool, England. She went on to earn a BS Degree at Emmanuel College, Boston. Her experience includes Operating Room Nurse for 23 years at Mass General Hospital, Saint Margaret’s Hospital, Faulkner Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. Presently she is the Community Health Nurse for VNA of Cape Cod.

Other achievements include past District V President, Cape & Islands Council of Catholic Women. Past President of Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and served on Nominating Committee for the National Council of Catholic Women.

Betty also has volunteer experience as Past Director of Youth Ministry at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, North Falmouth, MA, 5 years. CCD teacher St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, North Falmouth, MA, 5 years and Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She served on the Board of Directors of Falmouth Free Clinic, now known as Cape Cod Community Health Center. As well as serving on the Board of Directors of Falmouth Service Center. Betty has volunteered 10 years with Cape Cares, medical mission to Honduras and was the recipient of the Marion Medal in 1990. She is presently a Eucharistic Minister at Christ the King Parish.

Most recently she has graduated from the Parish Nurse Program at St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, earning a designation as FCN, Faith Community Nurse. Betty lives in Mashpee with her Husband Joe and is enjoying this appointment as Parish Nurse for The Parish of Christ the King.

What will Parish Nurses do at The Parish of Christ the King?


Provide blood pressure monitoring services and health counseling at designated times each month.

Make home/hospital/nursing home visits to parishioners, as requested by the Pastor, The Pastoral Care Committee, parishioners’ families, or other persons.

Identify the need for educational programs; also, support or volunteer groups, per the interests and needs of the parish.

Initiate, lead, and participate in health-related programs that assists parishioners to achieve wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.

Participate in personal spiritual formation opportunities and provide spiritual support to parishioners, as needed.

Parish nursing services will NOT duplicate professional nursing services provided by other health care agencies.


The American Nurses Association recognizes parish nursing as a specialty and parishioners follow the Scope and Standard of Practice for Parish Nursing.

The Parish Nurse is a....


Health Counselor
Discusses issues and is a resource in
times of concern or crisis; visits
members in their home or in the hospital.

Educator
Promotes the relationship between physical and spiritual health through parishioner-based programs.

Advocate
Assists parishioners to understand their health care needs.

Liaison
Connects Parishioners with others and
refers to community agencies when
appropriate.

Trainer
Supervises volunteers who are part of
the Health Care Ministry Team; provides education to assist them in their roles.

Healer
Encourages healing of body, mind and spirit through visitation, prayer, and a listening presence.




How are These Roles Accomplished?


~ Seminars

~ Workshops

~ Collaboration/Referrals to
Community Resources

~ Health Screenings

~ Health and Wellness promotion

~ Support Groups

~ Bulletin/Newsletter articles

~ Health Fairs

~ Post hospital discharge calls and/or home visits

~ Hospital/skilled nursing home and long-term care visits

~ Individual counseling for symptoms, medications, etc.

Click "VOLUNTEER" to print a form and help with this ministry.
Click "BLOOD PRESSURE" to print a form for the free clinic.

NEXT BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC ~ Saturday, Nov. 01 following the 4:00 PM Mass and Sunday, Nov. 02 following 8:30 and 10:30 AM Masses.   


For personal health consultations, Questions, or volunteer interest in the Nursing Ministry, please write or call:
Betty Mazzucchelli, RN., FCN. Email:ELIZMAZZ@Comcast.net 508.477.1110 Cell 508.566.1726
OR Contact The Parish of Christ the King The Commons P.O. Box 1800 Mashpee, MA 02649 ~ 508.477.7700