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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Twenty-one complete Basic Parish Nursing Program training last month

by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the Oct. 25, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

The Basic Parish Nurses program, a ecumenical cooperative effort between Gonzaga University and the Providence Center for Faith and Healing, completed another six-day series of classes last month.

The six days of classes at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center Sept. 25-30 saw participants from throughout Washington State as well as Montana.

Twenty-one nurses completed the most recent series of classes.

The Parish Nurse training program is underwritten in large part by Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Classes are presented not only in medical matters, but also in health education, spirituality, and advocacy, reflecting the varied roles parish nurses fill within the faith community.

Parishes nurses “don’t fill the typical role of nursing,” said Susan Keyes, Coordinator of Parish Nursing at Providence Center. Working within the context of the faith community, parish nurses also engage in “health education, integration of faith and medicine, personal health counseling,” and other tasks, she said.

Among the participants were Drs. Leonard and Helen Doohan of Gonzaga University; Jo Schafer and Juli Dickelman, chaplains at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane; Father Steve Dublinski, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Spokane, and St. Joseph Parish, Rockford; and Don McKenzie, pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.

The participants represent a wide range of denominational affiliations. The most recent class included:

  • Ann Adair, Life Center, Spokane.
  • Nona Barraza, St. Anthony Parish, Spokane.
  • Jackie Bratcher, Open Door United Church of Christ, Deer Park, Wash.
  • Raeann Decker, First Presbyterian Church, Spokane.
  • Patricia Dunton, St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah, Wash.
  • Jennifer Edminster, St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane.
  • Jan Frank, St. Mary’s Presentation Parish, Deer Park, Wash.
  • Marilyn Hill, St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane.
  • Cheryl Knott, First Church of the Nazarene, Spokane.
  • Dominican Sister Mary Agnes Koenig, St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah, Wash.
  • Beth Moree, Flathead Four Square Church, Polson, Mont.
  • Linda Morton, Orient Community Church, Orient, Wash.
  • Mary Murphy, Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane.
  • Patty Nutting, Coeur d’Alene Bible Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
  • Madonna Richardson, St. Charles Parish, Spokane.
  • Bonnie Schooley, Calvary Chapel of Spokane.
  • Bernice Scott, First Presbyterian Church, Spokane.
  • Mary Slaten, Summit Ridge Church, Spokane.
  • Phil Stalp, Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville.
  • Karen Steinke, Bethel Lutheran Church, Brush Prairie, Wash.
  • Judy Zack, Highland Lutheran Church, LaCenter, Wash.

    Also present were Susan Keyes and Annette Stixrud, Director of Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries.

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