PARISH NURSE

ST. MARK'S PARISH NURSE PROGRAM

ABOUT ST. MARK'S PARISH NURSE

 

The Parish Nurse program at St. Mark’s contributes to the worship experience at St. Mark’s Church in Washington, Illinois. Our staff nurse, Kirsten Tharp, RN, received certification through dedicated parish nurse training programs, enabling her to serve both God and the congregation in a unique way. 

As part of the pastoral team, Kirsten provides faith-based healthcare services and education to church and community members. During her scheduled office hours, visitors may drop in, make appointments or receive assistance by phone. Our parish nurse can answer questions about health issues and medication, in addition to providing blood sugar and blood pressure screenings. 

Additional parish nurse services include:

  • Accompanying patients to doctor visits

  • Home, hospital and nursing home visits

  • Monthly health screenings

  • Healthcare consultations

  • Medication authorization through insurance companies

  • Communicating with pharmacies

  • Translating doctor-provided information into layperson’s terms

  • Assisting members whose families live outside the area

  • Communicating with members’ non-local relatives

 

As a healthcare advocate and educator, Kirsten promotes healthy bodies, minds and spirits. As part of this holistic approach, she often works with St. Mark’s volunteers to counsel, comfort and support members.

The following programs provide important benefits to individuals experiencing a variety of needs:

WELCOME WEE ONES

Volunteers supply a home-cooked meal, handmade baby quilt and bag filled with new-mom resources.

FILL THE FREEZER

Volunteers make and deliver homemade meals to those in need.

FALL FLU CLINIC

Flu shots plus body-mind-spirit care.

GRIEF SHARE PROGRAMS

Including an annual 13-week Grief Share series and the Surviving the Holidays event.

Go here to learn about Grief Share

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

First-aid station for kids and parents.

CHILDREN'S ANNUAL HEALTHCARE EVENT 

MONTHLY THEMED HEALTHCARE EVENTS 

CONTACT INFO

Kirsten Tharp, RN, BSN
Email
: ktharp@stmarkswashington.org 
Phone: 309-444-4618


Count on our caring, compassionate parish nurse at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for competent treatment of the mind, body and soul. All contacts are free and confidential.

GROWING IN FAITH AND DISCIPLESHIP