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Parish Nurse December News...

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)

Winter is a tough season for to many people. SAD or seasonal affective disorder is a condition of depression that is related to a lack of light during dark months. Bad weather, cold temperature and the dark days of winter months can affect individuals profoundly. We all need sun to optimize vitamin D production and a lack of vitamin D has been proven to negatively affect individuals, as it relates to depression and a healthy immune system.

Symptoms:

1. Lack of Energy

2. Weakened Immune System

3. Reduced Libido ( Sex Drive)

4. Lack of Concentration

5. Overeating and Weight Gain

6. Alcohol or Drug Abuse

7. Feeling Guilty or Worried

8. Sleeping

9. Irritability

10. Social and Relationship Problems

How Do We Fix This?

1. See your Physician

2. Get out in the sun for light exposure

3. Read your Bible and pray everyday

4. Call your Parish Nurse and schedule an appointment

Please know that you are not in this fight. Many suffer but there is help.

In His Name.

Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN

Parish Nurse Ministry


Hope Class

every 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Counting Room

Hurt + Jesus = Hope

You are not alone! All of us will have a time in your life where we grieve. There are many reasons for that. You may lose someone that you love, suffer a loss of a relationship, have difficulty within your families. There are many reasons for grieving. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.

Faith Community Nursing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church provides a Grief Support Group the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Counting Room. This group is open to everyone in the church and community.

We invite you to come and hear messages that will lift your spirit. This group is about coming into a safe place to talk, share or perhaps just soak in the experiences of others.

If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to call me at 704-633-0922 (church office) or email me.

Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse


Women of Faith

every 2nd Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room

The Parish Nurse Ministry sponsors Women of Faith Bible Study every 2nd Thursday, with few exceptions, at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room and picks a place to eat afterwards.


Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

in 2017 four blood drives are scheduled

We are excited to continue our new partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas with our 2017 blood drives scheduled on May 8, August 14, and November 13, from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a goal of 35 units.

Average in and out times is less than an hour. Making an appointment helps to prevent a back-log of donors during the collection period.

Appointments may be made by contacting Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse or Alice Davis.


Parish Nursing coordinates with Rowan Helping Ministries their needs for the month.

Please check your weekly Epistle for the ongoing needs of this needed ministry.

Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts to those less fortunate!


Rowan One Church One Child

Rowan One Church One Childis a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services and Rowan County churches whose purpose is to ensure healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division.ROCOC's goal is to keep birth families intact or assist relative caregivers who provide care to children. Please contact Jon Hunter at 704-216-7914 for more information about this program.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church sponsors Rowan One Church One Child. During the year, Parish Nursing highlights items that are needed for this ministry. We thank you for your generosity and support. Please continue to review your weekly Epistle and monthly Epistle for how you can help.


What is a Parish Nurse?

The Parish Nurse Ministry is designed to build on and strengthen the capabilities of individuals, families, and the church congregation, to understand and care for themselves and one another in light of their relationship to God.

Parish Nursing is a program focusing on holistic concepts of health care and the belief that health involves the integration of body, mind, and spirit.

CHS in collaboration with the St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet and church leadership, supports the Parish Nurse Ministry in an effort to positively impact the health status of the church community. The St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet is composed of volunteers who are interested in a holistic approach to health care.


Goals of the Parish Nurse Ministry?

Personal Health Counselor: The Parish Nurse advocates for individuals by discussing health concerns and offering knowledge of health options while supporting individuals as they make choices to meet their health needs.

Pastoral Partner: In collaboration with the Pastor and staff, the Parish Nurse participates in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing.

Referral Service: The Parish Nurse serves as a liaison between the church and community resources.

Health Education: The Parish Nurse collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet provides information for the church community through bulletin inserts, seminars, group support, and health screening activities.

Facilitator and Resource: The Parish Nurse identifies health and wellness needs within the faith community collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet to coorinate health resources within the congregation.


Parish Nurse Policy News...

How to Get in Touch with your Parish Nurse

In an effort to serve you to the best of my ability, I would like to introduce you to our new policy concerning how to get in touch with your Parish Nurse.

I do not want to miss your calls when you need my assistance nor do I want you to ever get a message that says mailbox full.

Since it is my personal cell phone, I have messages from my clients (congregational members), my family, friends, and unfortunately spam calls. There has been an increase spam calls to all of our cell phones. Unfortunately, spam calls fill up my cell phone’s memory quickly.

During client visits, I do my best to keep my phone turned down to respect our visits without interruptions.

In an effort to fix this issue, I ask that during the week that you:

1. Call 911 for all life-threatening emergencies.

2. During normal business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. call the church (704) 431-6633. This is my direct line and I will answer within 24–48 hours.

3. You may call me at home at 704-633-3439 until 9 pm unless medical advice is needed before the next day. These calls will be returned within 24-48 hours.

4. There are many of you who do text me. You may continue to do that. I will return your text within 24 hours.

I am here for you. I have designated office hours: Tuesdays from 9 am - 12 noon and Thursdays from 9 am- 11 am. These are not the only hours that I work. I am in the field during the week visiting clients, attending meetings, delivering food, going with clients to doctor’s appointments, charting, etc.

Please note that when I’m on vacation that I will not be returning emails, calls, or texts.

I hope this new policy will help me to serve you better.

In His Name,

Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN

Parish Nurse Ministry


Who is our Parish Nurse?

Jill Earnhardt, RN, is the Parish Nurse for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jill is native to Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School. She is a graduate of Stanly Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy as well as a Registered Nurse. She is married to Perry Earnhardt and has 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna Earnhardt Shay and Ivy Earnhardt. In her spare time she is very active in her church, enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, her dog Judge and her chickens. She is engaged in a special educational program for Parish Nursing and is associated with Carolinas Health Care System.

Jill is a warm individual skilled in the art of caring. Professional and well-qualified, she is ready to treat you as a whole person, taking into account your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being with confidentiality.


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