Augustana Parish Nursing Center

Nursing Students

Purpose of the Parish Nursing Center

The Augustana Parish Nursing Center prepares registered nurses to address health needs with a faith community and assists interested churches in initiating parish nursing services.

"I have come that you may have life, and may have it in all its fullness." John 10:10



What is a Parish Nurse?

The parish nurse is a licensed registered nurse who faciliates the holistic health of the congregation, thus reclaiming the healing ministry of the church. The parish nurse focuses on the spiritual, emotional, physical and social dimensions of people as they strive to achieve healing and wholeness. The parish nurse provides health education and counseling, serves as an advocate, and assists in accessing health and community resources while promoting the understanding of the relationship between faith and health.

The Parish Nurse Preparation Course

The parish nurse preparation program prepares the registered nurse to initiate and maintain a parish nurse ministry within a given congregation. It is based on the curriculum developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. 

Content of the course includes:

  • history and philosophy of parish nursing
  • spiritual care
  • healing and wholeness
  • self care
  • legal and ethical aspects
  • documentation
  • communication and collaboration
  • getting started
  • health promotion
  • accessing resources
  • advocacy
  • care coordination

We use an innovative approach to meet the needs of the busy lives of today's nurses while also providing face-to-face contact in developing a supportive network. The course is offered online over an eight-week period, followed by a two-day on-campus immersion. Both the online and on-campus segments are required for completion.

Parish Nursing Preparation Course

The online portion of the course will be offered February 2 through March 28, 2015, followed by the on-campus segment on April 16 and 17, 2015. Cost of the course is $550. Registration deadline is Monday, January 12, 2015. Link to the 2015 registration brochure or call 605.274.4721 to request a brochure through the department of nursing.

Assistance to Churches

The Parish Nursing Center is available to provide information about parish nursing, consultation and assistance in initiating parish nursing and in assessing congregational needs.Contact Dr. Mary Auterman for more information.


The following videos regarding parish nursing are available in the office of the department of nursing for use in churches (maximum two-week checkout). 

  • Parish Nursing: Ministry to Older Adults
  • Three Acts of Illness
  • The Healing Place
  • Parish Nurses: Reclaiming Their Joy
  • Laugh Your Way to Health

Additional Resource Sites

Contact Information

For more information, email Dr. Mary Auterman, Director of the Parish Nursing Center (at the Department of Nursing, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197). Phone: Dr. Auterman's voicemail at 605.274.4929, or Department of Nursing at 605.274.4721.