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Nurse-Led Education: Combining Spirituality & Prostate Health: Part One

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This blog is the first entry of a three-part series focusing on nurse-led education programs located in faith-based community settings. This series aims to motivate parishioners to engage in personal healthcare practices.

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In February 2020, we witnessed a global retreat of patients from health care settings due to facility closures and fears of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Consequently, during the past 18 months, men’s health screenings have been less available for those in need of annual screenings, as well as those experiencing early symptoms of potential prostate disease. Nurses are amongst the most trusted health leaders (Godde 2021), and as we emerge from this crisis, now is the time for us to engage in out-of-the-box thinking that will address this critical need. Faith-based communities provide ideal locations to host educational programs about men’s health screenings that will effectively reach members who are reluctant to return to healthcare settings.

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Judith Paré
Judith Paré joined the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) in May, 2017 as the Director of Nursing Education/Workforce Quality and Safety. In 2014, Judith earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in the field of Nursing Education Capella University. Prior to joining the MNA she was Dean of the School of Nursing & Behavioral Sciences at Becker College in Worcester Massachusetts. She is an experienced educator in academic and continuing education settings. Judith is a member of more than ten professional nursing organisations and she devotes much of her time as an advocate for the Rural Nurse Organisation. Her expertise include curriculum design, assessment and evaluation in nursing and healthcare. Her research areas of expertise in rural healthcare and specifically the lived experiences of the rural nurse generalist. Judith is a published author and a national speaker in the field of rural nursing. Her recent writings includes: Montgomery, S, Sutton A & Paré, J 2017, ‘Rural Nursing & Synergy’, Online Journal of Rural Nursing & Health Care, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 87-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v17i1.431
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Trevor Mason
05 Aug 2021
This activity is not directly relevant to my scope as a paramedic, but is an area of interest to me as a prostate cancer survivor, a health care professional and a member of a local church. Since my recovery from Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy and follow up radiotherapy, I have found myself in a position where I recieve requests for advice for newly diagnosed colleagues and even strangers. I am happy to be able to assist them by sharing my experiences. A very good concept
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Lorraine Hince
03 Aug 2021
A good overview
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Matthew Caulfield
14 Sep 2021
I found this topic helpful in regards to, arranging and discussing access to information, while highlighting the importance of the subject matter, and where that information fits within an individual or groups spirituality. This lesson taught me to be considerate to the approach of topics and the resources that may be required to be accessed with consideration to ones beliefs, to be open minded and respectful in my approach (as always) while gathering and correlating information.
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Xingnan Gong
30 Jul 2021
After reviewed this article, I learned a lot.
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Maxine Lamb
02 Aug 2021
An Interesting article.
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Rhonda Toope
02 Aug 2021
Great initiative.
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Debra Curran
02 Aug 2021
It is interesting to read that there is a movement in this direction in the field of women's and men's health to incorporate them into their church faith groups. Nurses and doctors are trained to treat clients and patients information as confidential and when I registered as a general nurse many moons ago we actually verbalized an oath similar to the doctors Hippocratic oath at our graduation ceremony. It is crucial for this confidentiality to be maintained and it concerns me that this may be rather difficult on occasions in this sort of public forum. On the other hand it is a great idea to have groups set up for people to chat about their concerns that they are happy to discuss in a public forum. In Australia we would need men to facilitate Indigenous men's health discussion groups and women to facilitate Indigenous women's groups
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Kathryn BRENNAN
08 Oct 2021
Good
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Kerry Fletcher
31 Jul 2021
Awareness heightened regarding the importance of testing
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Robyn Ferrato
23 Sep 2021
Important resource
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