Health professionals complete Parish Nursing Program

Three registered nurses and a health advocate were honored recently for completing a course for faith community nursing in the Parish Nursing Program.

In recognition of their new positions as parish nurses and a health advocate, an anointing service was held Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Davenport.

The participants and their respective churches are:

  • Pam Galanius, RN, River City Church, Moline.
  • Sheryl Hiatt, RN, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Orion, Illinois.
  • Dana Victoria, RN, community volunteer.
  • Suzanna Tanner, health advocate, Word of Life Church, Rock Island.

The Parish Nurse Program is a partnership between UnityPoint Health-Trinity and churches in the Quad Cities and surrounding region. The program takes a holistic approach to health care by promoting wellness in body, mind and spirit. Currently, there are 37 congregations in the program that represent 12 denominations.

The faith-based health advocate is a servant leader with a commitment to show the love of God through promotion of health, healing and wholeness. The advocate works with the parish nurse or pastoral staff in a community or congregational setting.

UnityPoint-Trinity is an educational partner with the Westerberg Institute, which is affiliated with the Spiritual Care Association, the professional organization for parish nursing.

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