Mercy Care for the Ad’ks offers basic preparation course for parish nursing

LAKE PLACID – Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, will offer the International Parish Nurse Resource Center basic preparation course for parish nursing on four Saturdays this fall: Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23.

The course is offered to registered nurses of all faiths. Mercy Care provides the training at no cost to participants but pre-registration is required.

The parish nurse offers assistance in obtaining community services, helps with understanding diagnoses, medications and diagnostic tests, provides blood pressure screening, health education programs and much more. The parish nurse does not do hands-on nursing or duplicate what is available through the public health nurse, but does bring her nursing experience and her faith to the service of others.

Sr. Catherine Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., R.N. is qualified as a parish nurse educator and will lead the training course. The basic preparation course for parish nurses requires 34 contact hours of training.

Anyone who is a registered nurse with a desire to help people live a healthy, faith-filled life, and who may wish to serve their own faith community or others in the Tri-Lakes area as a volunteer parish nurse is welcome to take the course. To register for the course or request more information, please contact Sister Catherine Cummings at 518-523-5582 or

Mercy Care has trained 40 parish nurses throughout the North County, 11 of whom are serving in the Tri-Lakes area. Mercy Care for the Adirondacks facilitates networking with other nurses in the program and provides the support and equipment to its faith community nurse volunteers. The program offers the nurse an opportunity to choose the number of hours she/he is able to give to providing care that is holistic and wellness-focused in the community.

Faith community nursing or parish nursing, as it is often called, is one of the fastest growing specialties in nursing. It has spread rapidly throughout the country. Care is given in accordance with each individual’s values and spiritual beliefs.

Mercy Care’s mission is to enhance in every dimension the fullness of life of elders living in their community. It carries out its work through a friendship volunteer program, a parish nurse program, and an education and advocacy program.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is located at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid.

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