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Fit for Service: A Model of Self-Care for Parish Nurses

Daffron, Cristy

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318283f587
Feature: parish nursing

ABSTRACT: The caregiving role of parish nurses extends to multiple settings including family, church, community, and secular employment. A lack of personal boundaries combined with the wholistic nature of parish nursing can produce caregiver role strain. Examining the life of Jesus reveals a pattern of intentional self-care practices that are a model for parish nurses.

Examining the life of Jesus reveals a pattern of intentional self-care practices that are a model for parish—and all other nurses—who want to thrive as caregivers.

Cristy Daffron, DNP, RN, was one of the first parish nurses in Alabama. She attended the first parish nurse certification course conducted by Samford University in 1999 and remains active supporting parish nursing across Alabama. She recently completed the DNP program at Samford University and is a nursing instructor.

Accepted by peer review 8/24/2012.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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