Our Parish Nurse

B Theis 2014Good Samaritan’s part-time Parish Nurse, Barb Theiss, retires June 1, 2016.


What does a parish nurse do? The goal of the Parish Nurse is to promote holistic health and well-being within the church community. The ideal is to achieve harmony with an individual’s body, mind and spirit. Addressing spiritual health via prayer and/or giving Communion is a privilege and sets the Parish Nurse apart from other nursing professions.

After conferring with the clergy, the Parish Nurse makes visits to parishioners who are homebound, in extended care facilities, or in the hospital. She assesses physical, mental, and spiritual health, living situations, safety, ability to care for self and/or the ability of caregivers. The Parish Nurse assesses comfort and that medications are being given. She then reports to the clergy, family, and appropriate church ministries. The Parish Nurse advocates for the patient and family as needed, facilitates solutions to problems, and acts as a resource for information concerning health promotion, illness, medication, care of the ill, health care facilities and organizations.

About Barb – Barb has been a RN, BSN for for 21 years, including work in Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant, home care, and hospice. She has served as Good Sam’s parish nurse for over 15 years. You can contact her at parishnurse@goodsamchurch.org.

Updated 5/24/16

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