Newsmaker: Sister Rebecca J. Nolan
Noteworthy : Recently appointed manager of the Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program for Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Residence : Pittsburgh
Age : 66
Family : Two sisters and a brother
Education : Registered nurse, St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing, Pittsburgh; bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University, 1982; master’s degree in nursing administration with a minor in nursing education, New York University, 1992
Background : A member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sister Rebecca was director of church partnerships for the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, for 12 years. There she recruited and assisted more than 30 parishes in establishing parish nurse and health ministry programs — largely with professionals filling volunteer roles — as part of the international, interdenominational parish nurse program.
Quote : “Parish nurses and health ministers can help people in so many different ways through health education, hospital visits, being an advocate and resource, health counseling, working with volunteers, health fairs or blood pressure screenings in the churches. People can put up bulletin boards with health comments and Scriptures that relate to health. We’re willing to help anyone who wants to start a program or would be interested in our symposium. Just e-mail us at ParishNurse@mercy.pmhs.org .