Time: The Parish Nurse Health Ministry Team meets once a month all months except summer.
Contact: Dana Topliff at 541-977-4050
Welcome to the Parish Nurse Health Ministry Team. This is a team with an R.N. as the facilitator with all other members not having to be any type of medical professional. Our groups’ purpose is to be a resource for all regarding body, mind, and spiritual health. The Parish Nurse can help anyone who needs information about their health care and the team assists with events, clinics, screenings etc. Parish nursing is not hands on nursing. It is providing education and resources so all may obtain the care they need.
Activities we have done include:
-Blood pressure screening once a month or as requested
-Flu clinics each Fall
-Making care bags for the homeless
-Nutrition education classes
-Wellness Tips for website each month
-Monitor AED and First Aid kits
-Pay for nursery employees
-Collaborate with the Caring Ministries
-Send Cards out once a year to those who have lost a loved one
-Provide Care Notes for wellness education
A parish nurse will be available on the first Sunday of each month to test your blood pressure. This will usually be done in the Nurse’s Office.
Parish Nurse Wellness Tip for March 2018
March is National Sleep Awareness month. More and more research is being done on the benefits of sleep. Your body needs 7-8 hours per night of sleep to keep your body, mind and spirit healthy.
In 2016, there was an Alzheimer’s Summit where many researchers and physicians discussed the latest information. One concept discussed at this Summit was about the importance of getting 8 hours of sleep. Falling asleep naturally without sleeping aids (medication) was also discussed, because during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep the brain cleans itself up, clears the plaque that has formed during the day and washes it out into the spinal fluid. When using medication to fall asleep you do not get that REM sleep. If a person does not get this sleep, the plaque continues to build up and may eventually lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The above is just one example of why we need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Go to the link below to learn more about sleep tips and how to get better sleep.
Your Parish Nurse
Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN
One sunny afternoon in September the Parish Nurse Program organized a geology hike which was enjoyed by those of all ages! Watch the announcement page in the Sunday bulletin for more hikes.