Karen Fossum serves as the Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church.
Her duties include having overall responsibility to plan, coordinate and carry out health education and promotion programs within the congregation that integrate faith and health. She assists the Pastor and Intern in visiting shut-in members, hospitalized members, and members recovering at home after hospitalization. She also acts as a health counselor for members of the congregation and others by discussing health concerns, serving as a health advocate, recommending medical intervention and making referrals as appropriate.
The Parish Nurse facilitates a Chronic Illness/Disability Support Group that meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the church's conference room. The group schedules speakers every other month on topics of interest and/or concern to the group. Everyone experiencing a chronic physical and/or mental health issue and their caregivers are inivited to attend.
The Parish Nurse can be reached through the church office at 715-755-2515 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.