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Documentation And Reporting System

By Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals

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BRIEF: The mission of the Henry Ford Faith Community Nursing Network is to partner with parishes/congregations to document and communicate their efforts to deliver whole person health ministries that enhance health and well-being and relieve suffering among congregational members and communities. The Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries Network is a community-based, institutionally supported network of Parish Nursing Networks, Health Ministry Networks, and independent nurses. It was designed to help its partners to meet professional documentation standards and to increase sharing of challenges, successes, and needs in the care of the whole person-spirit, mind, body, and relationships. Networks, nurses, and health ministry leaders of all denominations and faiths are welcome. Membership in the Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries Network is accomplished through a subscription to the site and services.


A quick, reliable online documentation system developed and tested by over 100 parish nurses and health ministry team members is offered through membership in the Henry Ford network. Using a confidential numbering system, FCNs can document individual and group contacts. Forms and reports of cumulative activities can be printed for any time frame to help document, evaluate, and guide health ministry. Reports can be filtered by criteria such as visit type, spiritual/emotional/relational issue type, disease type, age category, and so on. Health ministry networks can track network members' use of the system and activities as well as create data to report on the entire network. Clear documentation helps FCNs speak with authority about what parish nurse/health ministry teams are doing, for whom, and to some degree, how effectively they are functioning. Reports can be made to administrators, funders, or other interested groups. Yearly cumulative reports from the entire conglomerate of Networks also are available.


Parish nurses in the Henry Ford system have been working on the documentation system since 1995 with release of the web-based system in 2001. The system is updated regularly with input from users. Cost for individual FCNs is $99.00 per year and cost for networks varies. Call: (586) 263-2116 or (586) 263-2119; email: or; or write Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, Faith Community Nursing Network, 43421 Garfield Rd, Suite 203, Clinton Township, MI, 48038 for more information and to test the system.



Computerized Documentation System

By Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

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BRIEF: Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) Parish Nurse Health Ministry program offers a wholistic approach to documentation designed especially for those interested in documenting parish nurse and health ministry activities. Client problems can be documented under Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Social, Financial, and Relational categories. Details of client problems are expressed in lay terms so clergy and church council members can readily understand nursing care and services. Client problems and client progress can be rated on a 1-5 scale, from Emergency to Problem Resolved. Client outcomes can easily be identified. Parish nurse interventions can be documented under the following categories: Assess, Advocate, Counsel, Educate, Refer, and Support. Spiritual care and client problem examples are built into the database and users can select an example or add their own problems.


The PMHS database provides users with a comprehensive array of options for data collection. Select only the options you wish to use or that pertain to your ministry; disregard the rest. The opening screen illustrates the scope of data that can be collected on clients and community outreach activities. Get started by clicking on the box "Individual Clients." Open the various pages of the chart: Demographics, Contacts, Interventions, Medications, Medical Conditions, and Allergies. Clicking on any box with blue text will open up another form. Reports can be generated with ease to show the impact of your ministry. Simply click on the Reports button on the opening screen and then click on the report you want. Data for Blood Pressure Screenings and Small Group Activities can be efficiently entered via the buttons on the opening screen.


PMHS offers a demonstration (demo) of their newly upgraded, user-friendly charting system, which can be accessed through their website. The demo is fully functional, except that the user cannot add or change clients. Users can, however, add new contacts and/or interventions to the existing clients. To view the demo, your computer must have MS Access 2000 or later. To try the demo, click on a link at the website and "Save" the file to your computer. To view sample data that have been entered for a blood pressure screening, type in the date: 101012 (October 10, 2012), site: SC (Senior Center), and hours: 1.


The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program Computerized Documentation System can be purchased online for a onetime fee of $400 each for health systems, $200 each for churches, and/or faith community nurses. Purchase includes a detailed user's manual, online training, and ongoing customer support. Pricing is available for organizations with parish nurses at multiple sites. For more information about the system, contact the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program at 412.232.5815 or email


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* The Growing Global Pertussis Problem: Read Peake and McGuire, pp. 152-158.


1. What are some reasons the authors suggest for the growing problem of pertussis?


2. Skim through Leviticus 13-15. How did God instruct the Israelites about infection control and disease? What does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend for treatment of those in close proximity to the one with pertussis illness regardless of age or vaccination status?


3. Describe various ways nurses can help educate about pertussis.


4. Take time to familiarize yourself with the vaccine recommendations as noted in Table 2. Share the vaccine schedule and recommendations with a colleague or friend.


* Survey Assessment: Read Tormoehlen, pp. 184-187.


1. Describe the K.I.S.S. principle as discussed in this article.


2. The author states, "Knowing what you want to discover is foundational in creating a good survey." Recall the last survey you took. What were its strengths? What did you find frustrating? How might the survey have avoided this disconnect?


3. The author suggests including the purpose for the survey. Why might this be important?


* Silence Speaks Volumes: Read Neathery, p. 197.


1. Discuss the author's statement: "Like any nursing intervention, silence must be applied skillfully and at the appropriate time." Describe a time you got it right.


2. Describe a time you could have done better with silence.


3. Are you comfortable being silent with a patient? Why or why not?


4. Read Job 2:1-13. Note the response of Job's wife. Note the response of Job's friends. Imagine being any one of these people. How do you think you would have responded to these life-changing events?


* Failing the NCLEX-RN: Read Student TXT, p. 149.


1. Recall your experience in preparing for and taking the NCLEX exam. What suggestions would you make to those preparing to test?


2. Using Philippians 4:6-7, create a nursing plan to help students, other nurses, or yourself study more effectively.


3. In what workplace or life situation might you be anxious? Describe how you could trust God to make these biblical truths meaningful.