Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program
Education & Resources
22nd Annual Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Symposium
to Focus on Wholistic Health and Caregivers
“Take Care Tips: How to Care for Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Others”
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium
1400 Locust Street, Level 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown)
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, most Americans will serve as informal caregivers at some point in their lives. During any given year, more than 44 million Americans (21% of the adult population) provide unpaid care to an elderly or disabled person 18 years or older. Caregivers frequently set aside their own needs to attend to the wants and needs of others, often leading to caregiver stress. Left untreated, stress can have adverse implications on the health and well-being of the caregiver, not only physically, but also intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, occupationally, and financially.
Held annually since 1992, the symposium provides continuing education, resources, and networking opportunities to individuals who have or are interested in starting health ministries in their faith communities. This year’s symposium will provide caregivers with helpful information, time away, and networking opportunities – and teach others how they can best support caregivers through their own roles within the family and community.
Who Should Attend
Parish and faith community nurses; clergy; health, pastoral, and social ministers; health and social service professionals; nursing students; volunteer family caregivers; and laypersons who are interested in promoting whole-person health are encouraged to attend. This interactive symposium lets participants take part in breathing exercises, stretches, caring body language, and more.
About Our Keynote Speaker
Jennifer Antkowiak, founder of jennifer Cares, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides multimedia content and products to help make life easier for caregivers, will deliver the keynote address, “Take Care Tips: How to Care for Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Others.” She is the author of a self-help book by the same name as well as a second book, “Caring Questions: Sensitive and Fun Conversation Starters for Caregivers.” She also has delivered several presentations to local and regional audiences.
In her presentation, Antkowiak will offer her insights on how faith community nurses, health ministers, and family caregivers can help others to be better prepared for the caregiving journey. She creates an emotional and spiritual experience for participants, who feel her passion for the topic and allow themselves to relate to and reflect upon their own triumphs and struggles in caregiving.
Antkowiak juggles her life’s many roles – wife, mother, journalist, author, and entrepreneur. Her passion and mission to help caregivers was fueled by her personal experience serving as a caregiver for her mother, who had post-partum depression, and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, both of whom died from cancer. She learned first-hand how the lack of sleep, exercise, proper nutrition, and increased stress can take a toll on caregivers – and how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves.
For more information about Jennifer Antkowiak, visit www.jennifercares.com.
Through hearing personal stories, research, and other information, participants will be able to:
- Understand how carving out a few minutes for daily self-care may lead to improvements in overall health.
- Learn how to grow and develop spiritually by appreciating the blessings received from being a caregiver.
- Identify ways to deal with special communication challenges as a caregiver.
- Learn how to find the words to start priceless, caring conversations that can become family treasures.
Registration and Fellowship
Welcome and Gathering Prayer Service
Keynote Address: “Take Care Tips: How to Care for Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Others”
Blessing and Brunch
“Take Care Tips–Part 2"
“Caring Questions: How to Communicate to Maximize Your Minutes with Your Loved Ones”
Closing Prayer Service
Symposium Concludes and Post-Evaluations Completed
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
Continuing Education Credits
Three continuing education (CE) credits will be provided to registered nurses, social workers, and licensed professional counselors who attend.
UPMC designates this continuing nursing education activity for 3.0 clock hours. UPMC is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. UPMC, ANCC, COA, and PSNA do not endorse any commercial products as a result of the CE activity.
Three Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for social workers and licensed professional counselors have been approved through co-sponsorship of Mercy Behavioral Health and Carlow University, a Pennsylvania pre-approved provider of social work education.
- $40 for registered nurses, social workers, and licensed professional counselors who wish to receive continuing education credits
- $30 for those who do not wish to receive continuing education credits
- $20 for individuals who have never attended the annual Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program symposium
- $10 for ordained pastors/clergy and undergraduate nursing students
- Brunch and free parking in the Locust Street Parking Garage, located at Locust and Stevenson streets, will be provided to all participants.
Registration & Payment
Registration is accepted by U.S. mail only. Seating capacity is limited. Early registration is encouraged. The deadline to register is Friday, October 17.
Mail completed registration form and a check made payable to the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program by Friday, October 17. The first 30 people who register will receive a small gift on the day of the symposium.
"Foundations of Faith Community Nursing"
Faith Community Nurse and Health Minister Preparation Course
The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is an approved provider of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center’s “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing,” course, a preparation course for faith community nurses and health ministers. This 34-hour, four-day course is designed for registered nurses, other health care professionals, and laypersons who are interested in promoting health, wellness, and spirituality; coordinating volunteers; or starting a visitation ministry in their faith communities.
The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program will offer the course on the following dates:
- Fall Session: Part I: September 12-13, 2014; Part II: October 3-4, 2014 (times vary)
Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, Level 2
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown Pittsburgh)
Designed for individuals who are interested in faith community nursing and health ministry, the course covers the seven main roles of the faith community nurse (FCN):
- Health educator
- Health counselor
- Health advocate
- Developer of support groups
- Integrator of faith and health
- Coordinator of volunteers
- Resource and referral agent
Additional course modules include prayer; self care; healing and wholeness; ethics; documenting practices; legal aspects; communication and collaboration; family violence; suffering, grief, and loss; advocacy; care coordination; and more. Course modules are taught by certified faith community nurse educators and subject matter experts in the respective fields of practice.
Upon successful completion of the four-day course, nurses are commissioned as faith community nurses and receive a pin and 34 hours of continuing education credits. Note: In order to receive continuing education credits, participants must attend all four dates during the session for which they register. Laypersons receive a pin and are commissioned as health ministers.
The course is limited to the first 20 participants who register.
The cost is $395 per person and includes course materials, 34 continuing education credits for nurses, and free parking in the hospital parking garage. Limited scholarship funds are available.
Mail the completed course application and a check made payable to the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program to:
Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program
Mercy Health Center
1515 Locust Street, Suite 705
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Registration and payment are due two weeks prior to the start of each session.
For more information, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at ParishNurse@mercy.pmhs.org or call 412.232.5815.
Health Ministry Training
Health Ministry Training offered at your church. This training is for both laypersons and health professionals who want to serve their churches as health ministers.
The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program staff will conduct the training at your church. Average cost is $150 for two workshops (six hours) and handouts for 10 participants. Contact us to design a workshop that will meet the needs of your congregation. Workshop topics include:
- Building a Health Ministry Team
- Promoting Health and Wellness in Your Church
- Coordinating Volunteers
- Visitation Ministry
Call for further information 412.232.5815.
Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program
Electronic Documentation System
We invite you to try the demonstration (demo) version of our newly upgraded, user-friendly charting system, designed especially for those interested in documenting parish nurse and health ministry activities.
This demo is fully functional, except that the user cannot add or change clients. Users can, however, add new contacts and/or interventions to the existing clients.
- The database provides users with a comprehensive array of options for data collection.
- Select only the options you wish to use or that pertain to your ministry; disregard the rest.
- The opening screen illustrates the scope of data that can be collected on clients and community outreach activities.
- Get started by clicking on the box 'Individual Clients.'
- Open the various pages of the chart: Demographics, Contacts, Interventions, Medications, Medical Conditions, and Allergies.
- Note: Clicking on any box with blue text will open up another form.
- Reports can be generated with ease to show the impact of your ministry. Simply click on the Reports button on the opening screen and then click on the report you want.
- Data for Blood Pressure Screenings and Small Group Activities can be efficiently entered via the buttons on the opening screen. To view sample data that has been entered for a blood pressure screening, type in the Date: 101012 (October 10, 2012), Site: SC (Senior Center), and Hours: 1.
Note how the parish nurse can document using a wholistic approach:
- Client problems can be documented under the following categories: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Social, Financial, and Relational.
- Details of client problems are expressed in lay terms so clergy and church council members can readily understand.
- Rate client problems and client progress on a 1-5 scale, from Emergency to Problem Resolved.
- Client outcomes can easily be identified.
- Parish nurse interventions can be documented under the following categories: Assess, Advocate, Counsel, Educate, Refer, and Support.
- Spiritual care and client problem examples are built into the database. Simply select one or add your own.
To view the demo, your computer must have MS Access 2000 or later. To try the demo, click Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Electronic Documentation System and "Save" the file to your computer.
To purchase the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Electronic Documentation System, click here. Purchase includes a detailed user's manual, online training, and ongoing customer support. The cost is $400 each for health systems, $200 each for churches and/or faith community nurses. (Note: this is a one-time cost.) Ask about pricing for organizations with parish nurses at multiple sites.
For more information about the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Electronic Documentation System, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at 412.232.5815 or email ParishNurse@mercy.pmhs.org.
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