Nursing Ministry

The Healthiest Parishioners in Southwest Florida

_20150905_104733That is the vision for the Parish Nurse Ministry. I’m Sue Townsend and I have been a nurse since 1977 and I have been a parishioner at Saint John’s since 2003.  I have sung in the choir for the past 10 years and I feel extremely blessed to lead this ministry.  My nursing career has been multifaceted, beginning in Washington DC with newborns in a large teaching hospital, to Germany and the Red Cross teaching new moms good care for their babies and developing a grief class for bereaved parents.  That was followed by an eight-year stint as the Health Care Aide for a US Congressman from Wisconsin, and most recently here in Naples, I have been the nurse for Home Instead Senior Care, visiting clients checking on Quality Assurance and teaching employees how to be the best caregivers they can be.

#ToKnow #ToLove #ToServe is the Parish Mission which guides all ministries including this one.

  • #ToKnow – One of the most essential things a Parish Nurse does is to facilitate the awareness of the presence of God. I will do this by visiting parishioners when they are ill and hospitalized and ministering to them, and their loved ones, in their time of need.
  • #ToLove – Visiting parishioners isn’t just about seeing to their medical needs, it is about loving them.  Visits aren’t just about preaching or teaching, they might just be about showing up and showing God’s love.
  • #ToServe – Service to others is the primary role of the Parish Nurse.  I can create a nursing diagnosis to include suggestions or referrals toward a positive and faith-filled outcome.  I can survey the parish community’s health needs. I also plan to conduct educational programs on health and wellness, disease prevention, Alzheimer’s, nutrition, fall prevention, etc. Some of these programs will be outreach programs which will reach into the community, showing St. John’s love to others and possibly bringing more parishioners into our church.

This ministry will work closely with other parish ministries such as the new wellness center and together we will know, love and serve God, in His church and our community.  Please contact me at: to find out more!


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