Parish Nursing is the nurturing of the mind, body and spirit with a
focus on health promotion, education, wholeness and wellness.
The Health Ministries Advisory Board meets periodically to:
- Identify health needs of the congregation.
- Evaluate the Parish Nurse Program.
- Provide support and advice to the Parish Nurse.
- Communicate with the Church Council and congregation.
Our Parish Nurse is: Bonnie Kratzer, RN, BSN
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1 to 3 pm
Roles of the Parish Nurse
Parish Nurse Goals
- As health educator -
- As health counselor - Discusses individual health needs
- As volunteer coordinator -Recruits, trains, and works with volunteers to carry out health ministry
- As support group organizer -
Brings a group together with like health concerns
- As community liaison - Connects individuals with community resources
- Assess holistic (body, mind and soul) health needs of the congregation
- Assess and use resources in the congregation and in the community
- Provide health education, information and screening to the congregation
- Promote healthy development of mind, body and spirit of all people
Ongoing Programs include:
Blood Pressure Screening
Every Wednesday, from 1 to 3 pm, the Parish Nurse is available to take blood pressures and to answer questions and concerns. It is important to know what your blood pressure usually is and to have it monitored periodically.
Project Healthy Bones
An exercise/education program is held every Wednesday morning from September through May from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Fracture risk screenings are done at the end of the program. As of January 5, 2020, we have added an additional program to PHB, "Take Control of Your Health" which is a six week program for anyone with a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart problems, arthritis, or depression. Please join us.
On behalf of the NJ Interagency Council on Osteoporosis (ICO) and the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, we are pleased to announce that Bonnie Kratzer was selected as a recipient of the 2019 ICO Recognition Award – Community Advocate Award! Congratulations to Bonnie Kratzer and all the women who participate in Project Healthy Bones.
A Matter of Balance
A nationally recognized fall prevention program developed by the Roybal Center at Boston University. The program was designed with several purposes including: helping to reduce the fear of falling, stopped the fear of falling cycle, and improving the activity levels of older adults living in the community.
Some of the items available for use are wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, shower seats, quad canes, bathroom bars, and crutches. If you have a need or something to donate, please call the church office.
Communion / Visitation Program
We make friendly visits to shut-in or ill parish members, as requested. If you know a parishioner who would benefit from this service, please call the church office.
Volunteers are available to drive parish members to and or from appointments or necessary errands. Please call the church office for assistance.
Health Education / Support Groups
These programs are available as needs arise. Any suggestion are appreciated.
Booklets and pamphlets on health and faith are available at the Parish Nurse Center in the hallway. Watch for the Parish Nurse News column in "The Net" newsletter.
Grief and Loss Program
Support, assistance, and meals are offered to members of the church community following the death of a loved one. A six-week grief support group course is offered when appropriate.
Health screenings are held at Our Saviour by the Parish Nurse team. They check blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and bone density. The screenings are free and open to everyone in the community. Health screenings are held periodically during the year.
Annual Blueberry Festival
Blueberries are full of healthy antioxidants and what better way to get your antioxidants than with delicious homemade blueberry desserts, ice cream, and fresh blueberries. Plan to come to our Blueberry Festival held annually in July. Last year's festival was held in July, 2019. Desserts Galore were provided by our members, Live Music was provided by Harry Otto, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening. All proceeds benefit the Parish Nurse programs.
Last year's festival was a delicious success.
This free retreat will include a light breakfast, lunch, group sessions, discussions, support, and lots of good fellowship. All women from our church and our community are welcome. The next retreat will be held on March 28, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm. This year's retreat will be "Living Life of Daily Bread". Please join us.