Bonnie Guyer-Graham, OUUC’s Community Life Coordinator, originally recruited me to be your Parish Nurse. I researched that role; completed necessary continuing education for this mini-specialty in nursing; and wrote the plan for a volunteer, part-time, Parish Nurse at OUUC. This spring, the Rev. Thomas Perchlik consecrated the Parish Nurse as part of the Community Life Ministry.
Previously, I have published – elsewhere on this website and in a brochure available in the Commons – information about this volunteer service. Here, today, I simply highlight what I offer to members and friends of OUUC.
Basically, I focus on wellness, wholeness, and support during health crises and life transitions. To those ends, I spend most of my committed “few hours a week” on these four functions:
- Information-sharing, and encouragement, for optimal health and well-being – including individual consultations and periodic health-related blogs on this website;
- Supportive accompaniment to medical appointments, as requested;
- Supportive visits (in home, hospital, or another facility), as requested; and
- Referrals to helpful resources, as requested.
FYI, some potentially-healing practices that I offer include these:
- Basic-level Therapeutic Touch (a “hands-off, energy-balancing” technique);
- Suggestions for use of essential oils (aromatherapy); and
- Instruction in Meditation Demystified (a simplified, non-mystical practice with health benefits).
How to talk with me, if you wish?
- In person, any time we are together at OUUC;
- By secure phone message at OUUC, 360-786-6383, extension 108; or
- By private email at OUUCParishNurse@gmail.com.
– Ann Yeo, R.N., M.S.N., Parish Nurse