Envisioning an Organization
The creation of a Corporate Vision is the first step in building a successful enterprise. Like a picture worth a thousand words, the foundation upon which an organization grows must be capable of casting a dream into words that paint a picture others can embrace. Engineering is the profession of acquiring and applying knowledge to design and implement structures and processes to realize a desired outcome. For PNRC, 2008 was a year of “visioneering” or applying knowledge of Parish Nursing and whole person health to the perceived needs of the Greater Athens area Faith Communities.
Beginning in 2007 a vision of the Parish Nurse Resource Center was acquired when Debbie Huckaby, President, completed the requisite Parish Nurse Basic Preparation Course (June) and the Parish Nurse Coordinator’s Course (October). A SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) was completed and Carol Jelke, now PNRC Vice President, joined the deliberations. From early in 2008, weekly meetings were held to discuss and explore the Nursing Specialty practice of Parish Nursing and the concept of whole person — mind, body and spirit health.
The sphere of influence was enlarged to include representatives from the Healthcare and Ministerial communities. Discussion meetings were held during which Parish Nursing was described and the potential organization considered. Men and women from both professions asked questions and offered recommendations for strategic planning. By fall of 2008, the Vision was complete. The next step was identification of Officers and incorporation. Martha Kimbrell, Treasurer joined the journey.
A Vision, Mission, and Values Task Force was formed to expand the framework into a living organization. Beth Warner agreed to facilitate the process and representatives were selected from the earlier discussion meetings. Members included: Kathy Parrish, Kay Bell, Valerie Peters, Martha Kimbrell Carol Jelke and Debbie Huckaby. The following Vision, Mission and Values statements are the result of this team’s dedicated work.
The Parish Nurse Resource Center (PNRC) is committed to whole person health, serving God’s will by helping people live physically, mentally and spiritually healthy lives. The PNRC will:
- Heighten awareness and understanding of the role of the spirit in health and healing
- Foster collaboration within the faith and healthcare communities
- Improve access to appropriate resources
- Decrease fragmentation in the healthcare system
- Reduce incidence of preventable diseases and injuries
The Parish Nurse Resource Center will accomplish its vision of promoting whole person health through the recruitment and development of Parish Nurses and through the formation and support of health and wellness ministries. Parish Nurses are specialty trained nurses who integrate spiritual beliefs, lifestyle choices, and traditional health care. Examples of Parish Nurse activities include:
- Performing blood pressure screenings
- Helping navigate and interpret health care
- Providing education about disease, medications and wellness
- Organizing and conducting classes (exercise, diet) and support groups
- Helping individuals make lifestyle changes to improve their health
- Providing intentional care of the spirit by
- Praying with people
- Listening to spoken and unspoken needs
- Comforting people in times of pain
- Celebrating with people in times of joy
- Being present
Excellence – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of Lord Jesus. Col. 3:17
I look upon people and have compassion. Matt.9:36
I help people live physically, mentally and spiritually healthy lives. John 10:10
I respect each person as created in the image of God. Gen. 1:27
I conduct myself with honesty and protect the privacy of those I serve. Phil. 4:8
I care wisely for our people, our resources and our earth. Ps. 24:1
I give thanks to God in all things. I Thess. 5:8