F U N C T I O N S O F A COMMUNITY NURSE
WHAT DOES A COMMUNITY NURSE DO?
1. Health Educator and Facilitator
The CN uses various and appropriate methods to educate individuals and to facilitate small group learning in the areas of: lifestyle, behaviour, faith, health enhancement activities, illness risk reduction, disease management, environment awareness, social justice and other health and well-being issues that are pertinent to the group of people the CN serves.
CNs may be requested to support a person, or persons regarding their health care, or their rights regarding health care. This may involve interpreting points of view and helping people to ‘see’ another perspective. Thus this function may include mediation to bring about agreement and/or reconciliation between people. Advocacy includes prayer with (and for) clients and their families.
3. Personal Health Counsellor
Personal and small group counselling is an important aspect of the role. This may entail helping people with health problems through listening, advising, supporting and recommending referral, as required. In addition, the CN provides home visits and monitors progress as requested. The role includes offering knowledge of viable options to assist the individual to make informed choices in a supported environment.
4. Resource and Referral Agent
The CN liaises between the individual and the faith community, and also the individual and other health and community services. The CN is able to negotiate access to, and assist entry into health services or support networks in the local community, of which people may be unaware. This resource and referral activity occurs within the faith community and beyond. The aim is to better manage and coordinate care for individuals and communities.
5. Coordinator of Health Ministry Volunteers
The CN organises, educates and supports groups of ancillary workers and volunteers to support the health ministry of the faith community.
6. Care Manager
The CN assists clients with an existing illness, complex condition and/or disability to manage their condition, prevent exacerbations, and/or limit complications. The CN’s holistic approach to care management considers the client, their family, the client environment and the faith community, when developing care management with the client.
Other responsibilities of an CN include:
WHAT IS THE FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE PAID?
The majority of CN’s in New Zealand work voluntarily but increasingly salaried positions are becoming available as churches or health agencies acknowledge the value of this nursing speciality. Whilst NZCNA endorse the concept of both voluntary and salaried positions, even voluntary job contracts should include expenses for the requirements of this ministry. We encourage that expenses should include:
If the CN is salaried, the industrial rates for a registered nurse should apply and appropriate remuneration can be guided by contacting the regional NZNO office. See target=”_blank”>NZCNA manual for aspects of a salaried job contract. Salaries for CNs may be funded in the following ways:
Whether voluntary or salaried, a contract and job description will be required to include as proof of hours of employment for the requirements of Nursing Council, should the CN be audited. We advise that CN’s include these in a portfolio together with evidence of professional development.