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IPNRC education and research news.

In the last issue of Perspectives, the list of Supplemental Modules for 2007 was incomplete. The module on Emergency Preparedness was inadvertently omitted from the list. The other modules are: Complimentary Therapies in Parish Nursing (3 modules, an overview and one on imagery and another on meditation); Tools and Techniques for Practice; Chronic Disease and Illness Care (6 modules, an overview and 5 disease specific modules) ; Parish Nurse Practice in Rural Faith Communities; Social Justice Role of the Parish Nurse with Vulnerable Populations; Identifying Strengths of Congregations; Leadership Transitions in Congregations; and Caring for Families.

The introduction to the modules will contain detailed information about process dynamics that faculty can use when teaching any of the modules. Over the summer, authors, reviewers, and editors are working to prepare the modules for release and, "yes!" the number of modules has increased from the original 10 to 16. About half the modules will be released before the end of the year and the others in spring 2008.

The members of the IPNRC Research Committee are continuing to work on research projects. The group focusing on curriculum evaluation has put together a survey for IPNRC faculty to gather input about the curriculum. Roberta Schweitzer led this group and piloted the survey at faculty prep this August. The survey will be available to all IPNRC faculty by the end of the year. The data will serve as a basis for the next revision of the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Curriculum. The research working group on spirituality is gathering and reviewing spiritual assessment tools and the group focusing on best practices is reviewing blood pressure protocols. More on the work of these groups in the next issue.

Another project "in process" is a manual for coordinator/ managers originally titled, Reaching out: Parish nursing services. Revising the manual will prove helpful for new and current coordinators. The team of authors revising the manual is: Nancy L. Rago Durbin, MS, RN, Director, Parish Nurse Ministry at Advocate Health Care, Park Ridge, IL; Mary Slutz, MHCA, BS, RN, Coordinator Parish Nurse Program, Trinity Medical Center, Moline, IL; Myrna Cassimere, RN, PhD, Academic Coordinator, The McFarland Institute, New Orleans, LA; Cassandra Graham, RN, BSN, MOAM, Nursing Administration Manager, Medical Center of Plano, Plano, TX; and Barbara Wehling, RN, PhD, Curriculum Coordinator, IPNRC.

Reviewers for the revision of the manual were: Gayle Donahue, RN, MSN, Manager, Parish Nurse Program, Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, OH; Carol Smucker, RN, PhD, self-employed Nurse Writer and past Parish Nurse Program Coordinator, Baptist Hospital, Knoxville, IL; and Fran Zoske, MSN, FCN, RN, Director, Faith Community-Parish Nurse Program, Seton Health, Troy, NY. The tentative release date for the manual is early 2008. Anyone interested in the role of the parish nurse coordinator/manager may purchase the manual.

Later, an instructor manual, as a companion to the book, with course descriptions, course objectives, outlines, and activities, will be available to IPNRC faculty who would like to develop a course for coordinators/managers.

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The Faculty Preparation Course this year was August 5-8 at Mercy Retreat Center in St. Louis. More than 80 faculty attended including 14 new faculty, 23 additional faculty, and 42 current faculty. The following are new faculty: Terry Casey, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville, KY; Helen M. Chigaros, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL; Alijandra Cruz-Tokar, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA; Sister Catherine M. Cummings, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY; Sister Paula Jameson, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA; Wyonne Kaemingk, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD; Barbara Mosser, BayCare Health Systems, Tampa, FL; LaVaida Owens-White, Christiana Care Health System Community Health Outreach and Education, Wilmington, DE; Linda Shepard, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage, AK; Judi Shrubsole, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH; Micki Thomas, Parish Nursing and Health Ministry of the Diocese of Albany; Greenwich, NY; Annie Valerio, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ; Christine Van-Denburgh, Kettering Health Network-Spiritual Care and Missions, Kettering, OH; Margaret Williams, Diocesan Liaison from NEHM to Episcopal Diocese of NW Texas, Stanton, TX. Also in attendance was a special guest: Sonja Simpson, RN, MSN, FCN, AHN-BC, President Elect, Health Ministry Association.

For information on the any of the IPNRC research and curriculum projects or educational programs, contact Barbara Wehling at bwehling@eden.edu
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Title Annotation:International Parish Nurse Resource Center
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Date:Jun 22, 2007
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