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