Parish Nurse Notes

CPC Parish Nurse's Notes
Christine Zaineddin RN, CPC Parish Nurse
It has been a little over a year since I joined the staff as your Parish Nurse. I am thankful for the opportunity God has given me to share my faith and nursing background in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Some of you have asked what did this year when I wasn’t able to provide care in person.  I thought I would give you a brief summary.

Since I came aboard, I’ve been privileged to ‘know’ many of you, if only by email, phone call, or zoom. Even in this less than personal way, you have trusted me enough to share your personal joys and concerns and those of your family, friends, and others.  With your permission, I have shared these weekly at our Pastoral Care Ministry team meeting so that they could be known to the wider Cary Presbyterian Church congregation.  Also attending the monthly Deacon and Stephen Ministry meetings offers me a chance to see how I might assist the congregation and others. With the information I learn, I am able to follow up in different ways including now – when possible and appropriate -- through home visitation and accompaniment to medical offices.

While being a presence and offering support and advice is perhaps the most important part of my ministry, there are a number of other valued responsibilities which I undertake.  One of these is education and the coordination of educational training to the deacons, Stephen Ministers, and member and friends of the church community.  For example, this past April, we offered hospice and end of life educational training through Transitions Life Care to our Deacons and Stephen Ministers.  Another has been bringing health opportunities to the church.  For example, in my tenure, the church has sponsored two drive-thru flu shot clinics and a blood drive.  I would be remiss if I did not mention that at Cary Pres we have a Medical Loan Closet (which provides equipment to help make day-to-day life easier for those needing a bit of assistance), two AED devices, and many first aid kits throughout the church which I oversee and maintain.  Finally, of course, it goes without saying that while I may be responsible for offering, coordinating and maintaining such programs, activities, and resources, it is a number of dedicated deacons, Stephen’s Ministers, other member volunteers, and staff which ably assist, without hesitation, in these endeavors.  Thanks be to God!

Now what …. If you ever need assistance, advice, prayers, or support, call on me.  I can be a resource as situations arise concerning the health of you or others.  These may include better understanding your medical conditions, medications, and diet as well as being and advocate or one who accompanies you to your doctor or other medical professional. I also can help assess your home to ensure that it meets your medical needs; assist in finding homecare, nursing facilities, or doctors (or offering you the resources to find that information out.); and provide or coordinate education in many forms and opportunities for growth and knowledge. I’m always open to suggestions for educational programs.  And, of course, I’m available to just talk, pray, or be at your side no matter whatever stage of life you are in.

Peace and blessings,