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Nurses from Australia, England, Germany, Norfolk Island, the USA, and Wales participated in study and worship at Westfield House and Resurrection Lutheran Church (headquarters for Evangelical Lutheran Church in England).

The 2017 Study Tour for Lutheran Parish Nurses International held in London and Cambridge England

The 2017 Study Tour for Lutheran Parish Nurses International, NFP was August 1-8 in London and Cambridge England. Marcia Schnorr (CLM-Parish Nurse at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle and Chairperson for LPNI) escorted the group with participants from Australia, England, Germany, Norfolk Island, the USA, and Wales. While in London, the group toured the Florence Nightingale Museum and heard a presentation highlighting Nightingale’s call from God to become a nurse caring for body, mind, and soul. Although Nightingale was not a parish nurse, her sense of vocation and spiritual care was not unlike that of parish nurses. Other observations were in Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In Cambridge, the group the group spent two days at Westfield House and Resurrection Lutheran Church (center for theological studies and headquarters for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in England). While there, they had lectures on the history Lutheranism in England, an overview of parish nursing in the United Kingdom, and sharing about parish nursing in the various participating Lutheran parish nurses.

The study tour in 2018 will be hosted by Judy Hertlein, a parish nurse in the Lutheran Church Canada. A brochure and registration information is available at www.lpni.org

Pastor Donald Hoffmann and Parish Nurse Coordinator Marcia Schnorr take questions at a recent NID Parish Nurse Network gathering.

Join in on monthly parish nurse gatherings

The fall conference will be held Saturday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 Cass Avenue, Darien, Illinois.

The theme, Ministering to an Aging Congregation” will include presentations on estate and health planning, addressing pain, maximizing the ability to stay healthy, accessing community resources, organ and tissue donation, and medication-related concerns.

The Education Committee for NID Parish Nurse Education includes Jody Fuchs (parish nurse at Mt. Olive, Rockford), Deb Andersen (parish nurse at St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods), and Marcy Schnorr (CLM-parish nurse at St. Paul, Rochelle, and coordinator for education, LCMS Parish Nursing).

The NID Parish Nurse Network has an intentional gathering most months and spreads them throughout the district for the convenience of all. It is hoped that this will make it possible for all to attend at least one or two a year.

For a listing of all scheduled gatherings, please contact marcyschnorr2009@gmail.com or check their Facebook page (LCMS-Northern Illinois District Parish Nurse Network).

LCMS Health Ministry also provides a video lecture most months that are specifically planned for parish nurses. Visit lcms.org/health/parishnursing to view.