Our volunteer Parish Nurse, Ann Yeo, often hears these questions from members and friends of OUUC:  “What do you do, as our Parish Nurse? How busy are you?”  Here is an expanded version of her usual, off-the-cuff answer:

“Basically, I focus on health and wellness, as well as support during health crises and life transitions. To those ends, I spend most of my volunteer time (6-8 hours weekly, on average) performing these 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 other facility), as requested; and
  • Referrals to helpful resources, as requested.

Because I have online access to the University of Washington’s medical library, I research many questions that you have, and give you up-to-date, evidence-based information about health issues that concern you.

As a licensed health-care professional, I do what’s necessary (at my own expense) to maintain my license and my competence – including formal and informal continuing education (via courses and wide reading). I regularly network with other parish nurses in this area. As an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, I presented continuing-education workshops at national conferences in 2016 and 2017; and I serve as a peer-reviewer for other would-be presenters.

In order to best serve our congregation, I consult and share information with our Minister, our Pastoral Care Committee, and our Community Life Coordinator.

How can you 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