Parish Nurse

Congregational Life Ministries



Mrs. Cook is providing GriefShare sessions for those grieving the death of a loved one.  The next GriefShare session starts Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 2pm. GriefShare can be started at any session. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the church office 344-3151.


Health Notes

January's Health Note discusses eating disorders.  Read this month article for more information.

To prevent bacteria and viruses from crashing your party when large quantities of foods are prepared by many hands, and those foods are left at room temperature (e.g., on a buffet table) for extended periods of time, follow these simple "food commandments." The HEALTH NOTE for DECEMBER deals with preparing quantities of food.  Check it out.

You hear it again and again...there's no better way to fight off the flu than to be vaccinated!  This year, your healthcare provider may offer a new option - the quadrivalent vaccine - now available in both injection and mist forms, offering protection against the four most common strains of the influenza virus expected too be in circulation during this flu season...Read more about this in HEALTH NOTES for October.

September's health note deals with emergency preparedness.  Being prepared for an emergency removes one of the stressors during an emergency.  Check out the 4 parts of being prepared.

1.  Be Informed 

2. Have A Plan

3. Make An Emergency Kit

4. Get Involved

Hearing is one of our five senses, giving us access to sounds in the world around us: peoples' voices, the honk of a car horn, siirens or other alarms sounding safety warnings...Learn about Hearing Loss in August's lHealth Note

Learn more about Drug Resistance and the "Super Bugs".  See July's article in Health Notes.

Learn more about food allergies.  See June's article in Health Notes

Pre-Diabetes?  Diabetes?  Learn more by reading April's  Health Notes.

Each year, one in every three adults, age 65 and older, falls.  Each year two million are treated in emergency rooms for fall related injuries.  Learn about preventing falls in March's Health Notes.

February is national heart month.  Read this month's Health Notes to learn more about your heart.



The Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ


The saving mission of Jesus was to the whole person.  He lived the perfect life, suffered, died and rose again to bring life and forgiveness to the soul, and well-being to the emotional and relational life.  In the service of His mission, He preached, taught, healed. (Taken from Parish Nursing LCMS Health Ministries)


The Healing Ministry of Good Shepherd  Congregation


WORSHIP: Preach the Word and administer the Sacrament.


OPTIMAL WELLNESS: Living to the best of one’s potential.


PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE: An expression of our stewardship of the Christian’s life


MINISTRY TO THE SICK: Supporting the use of God-given health-care resources

and ministering to the physical, spiritual, and emotional health of individual members.


What Is The Role of the Parish Nurse?



Offered on an individual and confidential basis; and through programs, articles and resource materials.


Listens and supports in times of concern and celebration, visits homes, hospitals, and nursing homes; performs blood pressure screening and personal health assessments with concern placed on holistic wellness: physical, psychological, and spiritual.


Assists and utilizes services and resources in the community.


Supports and trains volunteers to respond to the needs of the congregation and the community.

GriefShare Support Group.


Participates with prayer and reading Scriptures, acknowledging the effects of

anxiety, doubt, fear, guilt and faith on health and healing.



Which Services Does the Parish Nurse Not Provide?


The Parish Nurse is not a clinical nurse, does not administer medications or treatments, is not a primary health care giver, and does not provide hospice care, house keeping or daily services.



Introducing Lynn Cook, R.N.

Lynn Cook received her degree in nursing from Lewis and Clark Community College.  She retired in 2008 from working for the Macoupin County Health Department as case manager and WIC nurse in Carlinville, IL..  After moving to Collinsville she and her husband joined Good Shepherd and the following year began as Good Shepherd’s parish nurse.   She serves in the areas of health education, personal health counseling, facilitator for GriefShare, and as visitor to our home bound members. She and her husband George have four boys and  nine grandchildren.


For more information aboutt the Congregational Life Ministry of Good Shepherd or to contact the Parish Nurse call: the church office at 344-3151or e-mail Lynn Cook, R.N. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.