• November Newsletter 2016

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday November 10th from Noon to 2:30PM at BAYSHORE Health Care/Rehab Facility, 1601 St Louis Ave, Duluth on Park Point.

    218-727-8651    Lunch will be served.

    Guest:  Georgia Lane, LGSW, Program Developer from Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging will introduce us to the Chronic Disease Management Classes that we can be trained for OR learn how to access them.

    Program will be provided by staff at Bayshore.


    From South: Take Hwy 35N to the Lake Ave exit – Travel through Canal Park onto Park Point. Bayshore is on “bay-side” watch for signs at 15th Street.

    From North: Take 53 into Duluth. Go past the Mall follow Central Ave to Lake Ave all the way to Park Point – see above for directions.



    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs3:5-6

    Remember those in prayer on their birthday – What a wonderful gift!

    5  Julie Jagim                                       16 Gerry Paulson

    6  Joan Rich                                         27 Anne Varda

    GG Walker                                      30 Barb Poulter

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Thank God for a successful Community Event and OPEN conversation around Mental Illness.
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness and other Chronic Diseases
    • Pray for wisdom in leading this health ministry in the coming new year.


    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.healthfinder.gov


    American Diabetes Month:  www.diabetes.org

    Great American Smoke Out (11/17) and Lung Cancer Awareness Month (same site): www.cancer.org

    National Family Caregivers Month: www.nfcacares.org

    National Hospice and Palliative Care Month:  www.nhpco.org

    Nov 13: World Kindness Day:  www.randomactsofkindness.org

    Nov 19: International Survivors of Suicide Day: www.afsp.org/survivorday


    International AIDS Awareness Month:  www.aidsalliance.org/

    Safe Toys and Gifts Month: www.preventblindness.org

    Dec 4-10: National Hand Washing Awareness Week:  www.henrythehand.com

    4-12  National Influenza Vaccination Week: www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/


    Other resources that you can sign up for:

    Journal of Christian Nursing, National Institute of Health  www.nih.gov


    New Found and Shared Mental Health Resources:

    http://freshhope.us/  ,   http://wwwsaddlebackresources.com/products/hope-for-mental-health-starter-kit



    National Parish Nurse News:

    The Westberg Symposium will not be held in ONE location next year – instead they will be offering the Symposium across the county in different regional locations.  MN had tried to be a host, but it just did not work out.  Our regional location will be held in Lansing, MI – April 21 & 22. Mark your new calendars now!


    Care Transition Program – –

    I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls; there has been some good tips and info.  We have a new contact (newly hired) and I will find out who she is. She is the Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699.  PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors)  Even if you have people admitted to Essentia or other hospital systems – keep up your skills by being a Transitions Coach to them.

    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. With the Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – we are able to provide a Scholarship for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!

    Check out the REPORTS tab on our Website and LIKE our Facebook Page ( link on back page)

    July – August – Sept NOW due in Oct !! As you have stats, send them in.

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing- – we are keeping up with what is being done on a national level. Keep practicing on those in your congregation when discharged.
    2. Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).You have been asked to report on the screening tool results each quarter. Please know that your participation is very valuable in this grant process. You should have received your church’s copy of “Through the Wilderness” book and curriculum workbook by now. PLAN now for the fall in presenting this to your adult groups in your congregation. Add an Advance Directive opportunity at the end, or as a follow up. If you need a copy of the Pre/Post Tests – please let me know.  See the Tools/resources we received at the last PN meeting. Attached and included in this issue.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    November 14, 15, 16: Spiritual Companion Series event sponsored by Essentia Hospice; Watch for a

    special mailing or email:  11/14 will be held in Virginia MN,  11/15 held in Grand Rapids MN, 11/16

    held in Duluth  FREE CEU event.  Registration due by 11/9.

    November 14: Psychiatry for the Primary Care Provider: 8am to 4pm – sponsored by St Luke’s Hospital

    and held at the DECC in Duluth. Register at: http://www.slhduluth.com/Events-Calendar/Event-   Details.aspx?Event=170

    December 8th – Joint Christmas “get-together” with the NW WI Parish Nurses, an evening event

    at Aces in Superior, WI.  It is usually around 5pm  – More details  as I know more.

    January12th– Parish Nurse meeting in Cloquet – Save the date! Special guest will be from Senior

    Link-age line.

    Parish Nurse Preparation Course

    This is news from Northern Waters PN Ministry – – The Wisconsin Nurses Association is sponsoring a parish nurse preparation course on March 17, 18, 31 and April 1 2017. Let Pam know if you are interested in this course or would like to have a prep course offered in NW WI next year.  Jan Stevens will be contacting the organizers.


    November Spiritual Companion Series this year will be: : Keep Your Headlights On; Respectful Care for People Living with Depression, Anxiety & Addiction at End of Life. Exploring the importance of helping you identify spiritual distress and mental illness at the end of life. (All locations will be 8:30 am to 12:30pm) The Email address beside each location is where you can RSVP.  This is FREE!!

    November 14: Spiritual Companions Series in Virginia email:   mary.gregorich@essentiahealth.org

    November 15: Spiritual Companions Series in Grand Rapids: Donna.Helgeton@Essentiahealth.org

    November 16: Spiritual Companion Series in Duluth; LuAnn.Anderson@Essentiahealth.org

    God has put more pieces together than could be imagined – This is certainly a good “Companion” piece to helping with more mental illness tools.


    THRIVENT  Reminder:

    Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who is eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

    You and Your Choice Dollars recommendation can make a world of difference to OUR Organization. Look for Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association to direct your dollars. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to find us OR Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after

    the prompt.

    Be sure to put this in your church bulletins to remind your congregates!



    Thank you so much to ALL who participated in the 25th/20th Anniversary Party for the Parish Nurse organizations on either side of the “bridge”!  There were over 100 of us current/retired and guests.  I hope that you found the evening renewing and encouraging.

    Thank you for ALL that you are doing.  Here is the prayer that was at each place-setting:

    Long before you entered nursing, the Lord had played His Part.

    Planting seeds of love and kindness in the portals of your heart.

    For it’s clear that you’ve been gifted with a sympathetic ear,

    and blessed from the beginning with willingness to cheer.

    And the people who you care for are better off by far,

    When they’re touched by your compassion, by the person that you are.

    For in times of woe and worry when they’re frightened or they’re blue,

    No one could be more consoling than the friend they find in you.

    Author Unknown.

    As we gather with Family and Friends for the Thanksgiving Holiday Season – Let us also gather our thoughts of Thanksgiving and Gratitude to God in preparation for Advent.

    We Gather Together

    We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing, he chastens and hastens his will to make known; the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing: sing praises to his name he forgets not his own.

    Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; so from the beginning the fight we were winning: thou, Lord, wast at our side all glory be thine.

    We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, and pray that thou still our defender wilt be; let thy congregation escape tribulation: thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free.

    (Covenant Hymn #99: Words Theodore Baker 1851-1934, Music: Dutch Melody)



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