CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY 3
Towards the end of the nineteenth century and start of the twentiethcentury, foremost faith communities constructed and managedhospitals, which assisted the poor as well as immigrants. Anillustration is Beth Israel Hospital. Such health ministry approachis what is described as the “heritage of health and healing infaith based communities”.
Partnerships result in holistic care because the concern is notmerely on bodily wellbeing, but on the relationship between thespirit, mind and body (Stanhope &Lancaster, 2014). Partnerships results in the elimination ofimpediments to accessing care for the uninsured, poor and minorities.Also, by working together it becomes possible to meet communityhealth objectives.
The parish nurse’s role involves reaching out to community membersto inform them about diseases (Stanhope& Lancaster, 2014). The nurse educates the members ofcommunity on how the disease is contracted and its spread. Also, theparish nurse informs on preventive measures to community members toensure they do not become sick. The poor and marginalized may get adisease due to lack of knowledge. But with knowledge it becomespossible to prevent disease.
It is possible for communities of faith to incorporate the “HealthyPeople 2020” guidelines during program planning. This can beachieved through the establishment of health fairs. The health fairprovides an array of suitable-target health screening examinationsthat make it possible to detect possible perils to wellbeing amongcommunity members.
Parish nursing is impeded by financial issues. It is costly tosupport the work of the parish nurse and at the same time provide theneeded support to community members. Second, developing a ministrythat will deal with parish nursing is expensive and may act as animpediment towards effective parish nursing.
Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J.(2014). Foundationsof nursing in the community: Community- orientedpractice. St. Louis,Missouri: Elsevier.