The mission of the St. Edward’s Parish Nurse Ministry is to integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing, so that the faith community will achieve wholness of body, mind and spirit.
The Parish Nurse is a registered professional nurse who serves as a member of the ministry staff to promote health and wholeness.
The Parish Nurse assists, and empowers individuals, groups and families to become more active partners in the management of their own health and health resources.
Note: Volunteers must be registered RN’s or LPN’s. They assist with monthly blood pressure clinics at the church after weekend Mass and as needed.
The Parish Nurse is a:
- Health Counselor
- Health Community Referral Source
- Health Educator
- Health Support & Spiritual Facilitator
- Health Program Coordinator
- Healthcare Advisor for Hospital Discharge Planning
- Emergency Room Nurse
- Coordinator CHP Home Care/Discharge Planning – 15 years
- Director, Nursing IV Infusion Co.
- 37 years nursing experience
- Public Health Nurse
- Home Care Nurse
- Ambulatory Care Nurse
- Managed Care Nurse
- 38 years nursing experience
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Heart Attack Warning Signs: (American Heart Association)
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back,
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms.
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
Not all of these warning signs occur in every heart attack. When a heart attack occurs, part of your heart starts to die. That’s why every minute counts. DON’T WAIT CALL 9-1-1 immediately to get help fast!
How to Survive a Heart Attack When You are Alone
Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
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